19.09.2012 27 °C
Well our tour in now over and I am writing to you from Shanghai airport on the way to 5 niights in Honk Kong.
Last time I wrote we were off to the see the Pandas in Chengdu. Well the Panda Research Centre didn't disappoint. We saw many cute Pandas and even ones that were 2 days old and 2 weeks old. I was surprised at how small a panda is when it is born. They only weigh on average 150 grams. Unfortunately it was raining when we were walking through the park, which later (I believe) was the main contributor leading to my horrific cold I have!!
After the Pandas we set off to Chongqing to board our boat along the Yangtze for 3 nights. The rooms were quite initmate, but serviceable - we did have a balcony which was good. I did feel like I was in a Willy Wonker film as the Yangtze looks like a chocolate river - only not that inviting considering the rubbish that flows through it.
We had a shore excursion to Fengdu (The Ghost City). More stairs to climb, man I will have good legs when I return! On the second night the boat staff put on an AMAZING fashion show of Chinese costumes across the ages. These poor people, what they are made to do for a bit of entertainment was excruciating to watch - God bless 'em. Following the fashion show, there was an even more AMAZING spectacle - the disco. Our group commandeered the poor DJ - which was fine considering we were practically the only ones in there. Our tour guide David even joined in the fun having a few too many wines and getting up on the dance floor.
The following day we had massages in the morning and in the afternoon we had a boat cruise through Wushan misty gorges and the onto some sanpans to go even further through the mini gorges. It really was quite beautiful - completely different colour of water to the Yangtze. In the evening there was a talent show, which I didn't attend as was starting to get a cold, however, I heard literally was the previous night's fashion show with tap shoes and a couple of Germans singing.
Last day on the boat there was an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, which I missed as was feeling quite rotten - apparently I didn't miss that much as it was too smoggy to really see it clearly. We got off the boat around midday in Yichang for lunch and boarded our flight to Shanghai.
I really liked Shanghai and wished I felt a little better to enjoy it more. As we only had 1 day in Shanghai out last day was pretty busy. We went to another silk factory, the old French quarter, Shanghai Museum, the pagoda looking tower (sorry can't remember the proper name) and on the fastest train in the world - it got up to 431km per hour. It can travel 31 km's in 7 minutes!! We then went to some more markets for some shopping, but not before stopping in to have a look at the beautiful Yew gardens.
It was then off to our final Chinese meal and we even got 2 bottles of wine with our meal!! It was sad to say goodbye to our fellow travellers, but now we are off to en joy the sights of Hong Kong for 5 days.