The Yangtze River is a major superhighway of shipping activity.

Welcome to a four day cruise from Chongqing to Yichang.

Highlights in a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, water excursion along Shennong Stream. The gentle, several hours long process of passing through the gigantic locks of Three Gorges Dam in the middle of the night was particularly interesting and well worth setting an alarm for.

Welcome aboard ship, the international crew was absolutely delightful.

Three Gorges Dam is beyond enormous, much more than any photograph can convey. Built in order to provide electricity (50 Gigawatts capacity), for flood control, and to boost shipping capacity along the Yangtze, it remains controversial because of its massive environmental impact and displacement of the local population.

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