Alicia and Bob trying to pick up marbles
with chopsticks ... she lost!

For our last night on board the Princess Elaine we would be treated to a farewell show by the crew and some contests for the guests. Both the welcome and farewell shows by the crew were enjoyable. Certainly not up to Broadway standards, or even that of the other larger ocean cruises, but enjoyable to watch nonetheless. In fact, with the amateurs among the crew included it was all the more fun. I particularly got a kick out of the ship's photographer. He appeared in a number of traditional dance segments and, unfortunately, he wasn't a dancer. Sorry!

After the show it was back to the cabin to pack. The bags had to be packed and placed outside the cabin door before going to bed.

The ship's band played
a good-bye melody

My bags are packed
and I'm ready to go!
Photo by John

The luggage being offloaded
Our visit to Chongqing was scheduled to be a short one with barely enough time to visit the General Stillwell Museum and city hall before heading off to the airport and our flight to Xi'an. But we were in for an unexpected surprise. Our flight to Xi'an, scheduled for late afternoon, was canceled and we were booked on a late evening flight. The good news was the extra time would allow us to visit the zoo and see some Giant Pandas. We were all thrilled. I mean, who goes to China and doesn't get to see at least one Panda?!?

Three wheelers, I imagine taxis, waiting for passengers
off the boats that dock
in Chongqing

A wall commemorating General Stillwell
Photo by John
Our first stop was the General Stillwell Museum. Stillwell headquarters during much of WWII were here in Chongqing and it was here that the legendary Flying Tigers were born. With my love of airplanes I looked forward to the visit only to be disappointed. The museum wasn't very interesting and had limited exhibits. I did manage to buy a nice T-shirt with the Flying Tiger emblem on it.

A portrait of one of
the Flying Tiger aircraft
From the Stillwell Museum we headed to what I'll call Chongqing's City Hall, a large plaza with several interesting buildings and a large theater. Chongqing is one of China's largest cities. Formerly part of Sichuan Province it is now, like Beijing and Shanghai, its own municipality. The city was built on a rocky promontory where two rivers, the Yangtze and the Jialing, meet. Because of its hilly location you hardly see a bicycle in Chongqing, not at all like Beijing where they are everywhere.

The theater building and art exhibition and sale.

The plaza and Chongqing skyline in the background

Anne standing by the plaza

Having spent a few minutes roaming around the art exhibit the building was hit by a power failure and went totally dark. We were, thank goodness, near an exit so we made our way outside to wait for the others. When we finally regrouped we decided to walk to a local market nearby. Unlike the previous markets we'd visited this one was inside and not outside. It was, however, exactly like all the other markets in other respects so I won't bore you with redundant pictures. There was one picture I found interesting and am including (below).

Walking into the market we saw a large sign hanging in the walkway (below left). A no smoking sign reading: "Smoking is prohibited for your and others' health. I found this comical. A sign expressing interest in public health when all you had to do was look around at the sanitary condition and safekeeping methods, or lack thereof, for food in the market. I can only imagine that this, in itself, was a major health risk.

Delivery for the market

A health risk!?!

The No Smoking Sign

Bright flags near
the market

Busy activity outside the market

Two dogs roaming by the market

Outside the market we saw a couple of dogs roaming in the street (picture left). This is an unusual sight in China. Dogs, as I've mentioned before, are not common pets for the Chinese. You see them only occasionally while walking the streets.

Leaving the market we headed for the zoo. We were all excited Knowing we'd see some of the Giant Pandas. This was an unscheduled stop for us. Believe, it or not the entire itinerary never called for us to visit a zoo or Panda refuge anywhere. Of course seeing the Pandas and the late flight to Xi'an would make for a tiring day to follow, but we didn't care. We were off to the zoo to see China's Ambassador to the world, the Giant Panda ...

Adjacent to the Giant Pandas we found this little guy, the Lesser Panda.
Cute isn't he/she?
Our visit to the zoo concluded our extended tour of Chongqing and it was now time to set our sights on another of our major objectives for the trip ... our visit to the tomb of Emperor Qin and its 8,000+ Terra-cotta army. Following dinner we headed to the airport for our flight to Xi'an. Join us on the next page to see pictures of Emperor Qin's army ...
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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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