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     We sailed through this beautiful section of the Yangtze River for three days in April 2001. Michael's Mom and Dad were on board with us. Unfortunately, Michael caught the worst cold he has had in China just before the trip started, and thus spent most of the "vacation" in bed. 

     On the second day, we put on life belts (below left) and headed for a stream where local farmers pulled us for two hours (below right), just as they have done to bring things to their villages for centuries.  Tourism now provides them a second income!

Our ship, the Three Kingdoms, provided a nice room, great food and an awesome view!


Our ship gave Andrew many new experiences. Here he tries out a bow and arrow. Below deck, he seeks a Mandarin's permission to go ashore.

The world's biggest dam is being constructed downstream. When completed (in about 2007?) it will provide electricity, improve shipping and help control flooding.  But the water will also put much of the beautiful scenery underwater. In the meantime, a million people are being resettled, and entire cities are moving up the steep hills.

 Our trip ended in Hazy Chongqing. Some say that if you count all the "temporary" residents (due to dam construction/displacement), Chongqing is China's biggest city with about 18 million people

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