It is not the Ganges.  It is not the Nile, nor the Amazon, nor the Mississippi.  But, the Yangtze is one of the world’s great rivers.  Like several other major Asian rivers, the Yangtze’s headwaters are in the Tibetan plateau.

After a hiatus of a month, we now return to the picture essays of the China assignment. There will be several of these and we will post a few unrelated thematic essays in between these picture essays.  As well, to reduce the number of essays, we will include many pics in some of the essays.

Here is another cruise ship passed on the river on the first night.

 

cruise ship passed at night

 

The river cruise started from Chongqing (Chungking) in southwest China.

 

Chongqing day one

 

On the way to the river docks, this image was captured through the glass of a bus.

 

Chongqing street

 

A mid to late afternoon boarding of the cruise ship.

 

cruise ship for river cruise

 

In a cruise ship passenger cabin.  Comfortable, if a little cramped.

 

inside the ship cabin

 

The next morning’s itinerary.  Note the temperature is in Celsius (centigrade).  This river cruise had some stops or excursions along the way.

 

itinerary

 

A local temple is seen before crossing over to Shibaozhai.

 

temple neighborhood

 

The walking bridge (with tourists) over to the main attraction.

 

bridge to Shabaozhsi

 

Entering the grounds of the pagoda.

 

shibaozhai pagoda

 

The People’s Republic of China official plaque in 2 languages and with a semi-reflective surface.

 

shibaozhai pagoda plaque

 

It is not clear what is referred to here.  Perhaps, a hand rail?  Always a good idea to watch where you step.

 

danger sign

 

The pagoda.  The cultural past preserved for posterity.

 

 

red pavilion of nine floors

 

Carvings from the past in the pagoda area.

 

carvings

 

Mythical beings.

 

mythical beings

 

Mythical beings # 2.

 

mythical beings 2

 

Mythical beings # 3.

 

mythical beings 3

 

Mythical beings # 4.

 

mythical beings 4

 

Now, on the return to walk to the cruise ship, we see a recycle container.

 

recycle container

 

Back on board, with the ship still docked.

 

lucy on cruise ship 4

 

A wide, placid river.

 

lucy on cruise ship 3

 

A relaxing moment on deck for our photographer.

 

lucy on cruise ship 5

 

The captain’s welcome party late in the day after shore excursion to the pagoda.  Western tourists are in attendance.

 

captain's welcome party 2

 

Our last shot for this installment.

 

lucy on cruise ship

 

Best wishes from the torrid, sun-baked, desiccated desert of the American West.

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