Visited Ciqikou, the old part of Chongqing, and after lunch drove to Chengdu. Had dinner at our hotel - a bit chaotic! - then went to the Sichuan Opera Face Changing Show
Back on board Yangtze 2 and last breakfast for Sean’s family before disembarking at Chongqing which, although we had never heard of it, is the largest city in China with 33 million inhabitants
1 November 2017
Last score excursion to the Ghost City of Fengdu
Relaxing on our balcony
31 October 2017
Learning about the Three Gorges
Boat excursion on Shennong Stream
30 October 2017
Captain’s welcome party
Going through the locks on the Three Gorges Dam
Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam
Got up early as the ship entered the Xiling gorge and the sun rose. Explored the ship, did some sunbathing, went to a talk on Chinese massage and had a neck and shoulder massage. Watched a documentary about the Three Gorges Dam.
29 October 2017
After breakfast at our hotel we visited the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, had lunch in a local restaurant and then headed for the airport where I was briefly promoted to tour leader! Flew to Ychang to start our Yangtze Cruise.
28 October 2017
Visited the Muslim quarter in Xi’an and finished the day with a feast of Shui Jiao dumplings and the Tang Dynasty Dancing Show.
After the wonderful experience of seeing the Terracotta Warriors we had a tea ceremony where we were able to taste different teas - lychee was my favourite. We then walked along the city walls in Xi’an.
Terracotta Warriors - wonderful!
27 October 2017
Flew to Xi’an and did Xi’an by night tour
26 October 2017
Lunch with a local family in Guowang Hutong followed by a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs and then the Wonderful Han Chinese acrobatics show.
Peking duck dinner
Temple of Heaven
Another great day started off with us joining the locals to do some outdoor morning exercise, useful for getting our muscles back in order after yesterday’s climb!
25 October 2017
Toured the Summer Palace
Visited the Olympic Park
Very early start this morning to get to the Great Wall before the crowds. Unfortunately we had very grey skies as the factories, which had been told to stop production to ensure pollution free blue skies for the Communist Party Conference, started up again!
24 October 2017
Went to The Legend of Kung Fu in the Red Theatre
Toured the Forbidden City and used a Chinese style squat toilet for the first time!
Visited Tiananmen Square amid tight security as the Communist Party Conference was on
23 October 2017
Checked into our hotel, the Jiangxi Grand and met our national guide Sean who will accompany us throughout the tour. Relaxed in our room with a cup of tea and then met the rest of our group for our first lazy Susan meal at a local restaurant.
We arrived at Hong Kong at 7am China time after a comfortable flight in premium economy including a nice lunch and breakfast. Our Cathay Pacific flight to Beijing left at 9am and we got a second breakfast on board!
22 October 2017
On Cathay Pacific plane at London Heathrow ready for takeoff to Hong Kong