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Jim and Alison Reid
Yangtze River

Trip down the Yangtze River April 2005.

Chongqing to Yichang (3 nights, 4 days)

We flew from Shanghai to Chongqing and we were met at the airport by a really nice girl called Cathy. She spoke very good English and was very polite, and she was very helpful. She took us to a taxi where the driver was waiting to take us to dinner.

We had a lovely dinner in a Chinese restaurant, and then Cathy and the driver took us sightseeing. We visited various places of interest including the Museum of the three Gorges. We found this very interesting. We also visited a square where there were fountains, and lots of lights and people dancing. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Cathy then took us to the boat called President No 1. We were very impressed by the boat and the staff could not do enough for you.

On our second day on the boat we went for atrip to the Fengdu Ghost City. Unfortunately the guide did not tell us that we would have to climb uphundreds of steps to get there. As we are both in our sixties we found it very difficult and we did not make it to the end of the trip. The guide was very helpful and arranged for us to go back to the boat, which we appreciated very much.

On our third day we traveled down the Yangtzeto the Shen Nong Stream . We had a wonderful trip up the stream in a little boat which was paddled by some of the local people. It was great fun and the guide had us all singing etc. They really put themselves about to make sure you enjoy yourself.

On the fourth day we visited the Three Gorges Dam, and the Guide on the boat described all that was happening about the flooding of the homes of the people etc. It was all very interesting. The scenery was spectacular and it was nice to see how all the local people farmed the land, even on the highest peaks.

The staff on the boat were all very friendly and all spoke reasonable English. The entertainment was first class and the food was also first class. The cabins were quite a reasonable size and very comfortable.

We arrived at Yichang and were met by another guide and a driver who took us sightseeing again. We visited the museum of the sturgeon, and also a very old museum of relics which had been found in and around the Yangtze river, many hundreds of years ago. They then took us back to the airport, and saw to our luggage, and made sure our passports were ok. etc.

In all it was a very worthwhile trip and worth every penny.

If we were ever to come to Shanghai again we would have no hesitation in using Travel-the-Real-China to book our trips, and we would certainly recommend it to others.

Things were great.

Thanks

Jim and Alison Reid

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