Within a half hour of leaving we would enter the Quatang Gorge, the last and smallest of the Yangtze's Three Gorges. Unfortunately the weather wasn't cooperating and it was approaching dusk so the pictures aren't at all spectacular, in fact, they're just passable. As a result I won't bore you with to many of them.

Hanging coffin

All along the Yangtze and the Da Ning rivers were signs of ancient Chinese civilization. One of the more interesting ones was the hanging coffins (picture left). These date back approximately 2,000 years when the custom was to bury the dead in caves along the shear rock cliffs along the gorges. This picture was actually taken on our excursion up the Da Ning River as it was one of the more easily spotted coffins. Many weren't evident to the naked eye and you needed binoculars to see them, but this one could be made out with the naked eye.

You would also see holes in the side of the rock face cliffs where wooden planking was placed to form a footbridge along the cliff face. It was from these foot bridges that the peasants would pull the boats and barges upriver. From what we read many died in the process when they lost their footing and fell into the ragging Yangtze River. There were some places where these bridges were still being used today.

Caves in the Qutang Gorge

Meeting a cargo ship in the Qutang Gorge

This bridge is scheduled to be torn
down as it will be under the water level

Narrow passages along the Qutang Gorge

Coal operations along the Yangtze

Our sister ship, the Princess Sheena

Anne enjoying the last moments
of our passage through
the Yangtze's Three Gorges
With the Three Gorges behind us we looked forward to our next adventure ... a city tour of Wanxian. Continue to the next page for pictures of a city soon to be flooded ...
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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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