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China 2014
by al armiger

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Tracy & I take a journey starting and ending in bustling & magnificently architecturally adorned city of Shanghi. Our first stop is Beijing via "The Bullet". From there we visit Tiananmen Square; The Forbidden City & The Summer Palace not to mention an excursion to The Great Wall. We also visit The Temple of Heaven and later take a rickshaw ride through the ancient but quaint streets of Hutong in the old city.


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A short flight to Xian takes us to the Big Wild Goose pagoda, the walled city itself and the next day, the site of the awe inspiring Terracotta Warriors!


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Another flight later we are in Chongquing. From here we are this evening, to embark on a 3 day 700km cruise of the famous Yanksee River, but not without first taking in a visit to the Icon of China, the pandas.


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The river cruise will have us take in The Ghost City of Fengu; The Three Gorges including a sanpan excursion into the Lessor Three Gorges of majestic cliffs; some housing visible ancient coffins in impossibly inaccessible, shallow caves hundreds of feet up the cliff face.


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Eventually our small ship will come to pass through the five enormous locks of the Three gorges Dam site complex dropping us 125 meters to end our cruise at Yichang. From here we take a coach to explore the majestic dam complex; a truly amazing engineering feat.


Another flight later and we are back in Shanghi to revisit the Bund; the markets; the French quarter and take a side trip to Suzhou “The Venice of the East” before returning home.

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