Yangtze

Home Three Gorges The Lesser Gorges The Dam Wuhan Yueyang Wanzhou Chongqing

Chang JiangWhen westerners first reached the mouth of the longest river in China, they asked what its name was and were told "Yangtze." This is actually the name of the final broad stretch of the river where it empties into the ocean. The Chinese have different names for different sections of the river, and refer to the whole river as "The Long River" (Chang Jiang) or as "The Great River" (Da Jiang).

This page has two parts:

bulletOur River Journey
bulletLife along the river

There is a separate page of Three Gorges scenery

Our River Journey

Saturday, May 12

We arrive in Wuhan from Beijing and visit East Lake and the Yellow Crane tower before boarding our Victoria Cruise Lines ship, the Yangtze Angel

ship1.jpg (108737 bytes)

wpeA2.jpg (84657 bytes) The crew provides a formal welcome aboard.

Sunday, May 13

The ship goes slightly off the Yangtze to dock at Yueyang. We visit the Yueyang Tower and a gift shop which features "Silver Needle Tea."

Monday, May 14

wpe6E.jpg (62756 bytes) The Gezhouba dam in Yichang produces electricity and regulates the flow of water downstream. These sluice gates raise to allow water to escape in the dry season.
wpe6A.jpg (84450 bytes) wpe6C.jpg (63773 bytes)We go through the lock of the Gezhouba dam, lifting us up about 150 feet. Click here for a site that uses animation to show how a lock works.
wpe71.jpg (75843 bytes) Floating bollards are used to hold ships in place while the water rises.
We arrive at the site of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest concrete structure in the world.

Tuesday, May 15

We land in Wushan and take smaller boats for a tour of the gorges of the Daning river, often called the Lesser Three Gorges.

Wednesday, May 16

The ship stops at Wanzhou where we visit an ethnology museum, stroll through open air market, and attend an acrobatics show by local students. 

Thursday, May 17

The ship ends its upriver journey in Chongqing, the world's most populous city. After a tour, we fly to Xi'an

Life along the River

Fishermen

wpe31.jpg (49156 bytes) wpe44.jpg (71564 bytes)  wpe4F.jpg (91596 bytes)
wpe46.jpg (91822 bytes) wpe4B.jpg (79663 bytes) wpe62.jpg (73852 bytes)

Sampans

wpe51.jpg (83032 bytes) wpe54.jpg (83520 bytes) wpe56.jpg (79479 bytes)
wpe64.jpg (71827 bytes) wpe66.jpg (73035 bytes) wpe68.jpg (76531 bytes)

Farms and Buildings

wpe9.jpg (106447 bytes) wpeB.jpg (88441 bytes) wpe5.jpg (98982 bytes) wpe99.jpg (96999 bytes)
wpeD.jpg (101349 bytes) wpe8B.jpg (93615 bytes) wpe8F.jpg (108301 bytes) wpeA0.jpg (86270 bytes)
xian32.jpg (214368 bytes)

Shipping

wpe89.jpg (122139 bytes) wpe3.jpg (77342 bytes) wpe87.jpg (93600 bytes)wpe8D.jpg (104582 bytes)
gorges38.jpg (239215 bytes) wpe91.jpg (110719 bytes) wpe93.jpg (90391 bytes) yangtze01.jpg (107900 bytes)
wpe9D.jpg (42768 bytes) wpe95.jpg (65402 bytes) wpe97.jpg (84754 bytes)

Cities

wpeA4.jpg (39544 bytes) wpeA6.jpg (60476 bytes) wpeB1.jpg (49620 bytes)
wpeB8.jpg (93351 bytes) wpeAC.jpg (92427 bytes) wpeB5.jpg (93007 bytes)
A church in Yichang wpeAA.jpg (68900 bytes) wpeAE.jpg (67751 bytes)
 
2001, 2005, F. W. Schneider, all rights reserved -  Inquiries to WebMaster@Peacham.com Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More