Taking foreign and Chinese tourists on the lovely River Li is a booming business for the town of Yangshuo and the neighbouring city of Guilin; the name of Guilin is probably more familiar to westerners than Yangshuo. Our boat was bigger (and uglier) than the colourful boats pictured here. There were about 40 of us (a combination of buses 2 and 3 from the Sinorama 21-day tours) so the smaller boats would not have been big enough.
These are the types of boats from which fishing is done by leashed cormorants. I didn’t see fishing with cormorants but it was a theme of the light show we saw later that night – and which will be featured in two posts in about two weeks.
These small boats looked so quiet and peaceful, but the life must be hard. At least they would not have to contend with ice.
Next post: Water Buffalo
They look a bit like smelt shacks that we put on the river ice in the Canadian Maritimes. But not. It was only when I got really close to one and saw the fish jumping inside that I realized they were fish pens. I’m guessing they might catch fish and feed them within the pens to fatten them up(?)
Stay tuned for more life on the River Li.
The port of departure for our tour of the Three Little Gorges was Wushan. If you look online for images of Wushan, you will see some amazing ‘before’ photos, before the Three Gorges Dam raised the water level and required the removal of hundreds of buildings.
As we docked, returning from our tour of the three little gorges, we were greeted with a huge sign and very dirty water.
I only took one or two photos of other towns on the river, both from further downstream.
Next post: Community Theatre.
China has a long history in bridge construction. The oldest bridge still in existence in China is the Anji Bridge constructed during the years between 595 and 605. Everywhere you go in China you see beautiful, functional, and often very new bridges. The Yangpu Bridge in Shanghai was featured in an earlier post.
I first began to appreciate Chinese bridge building when reading Simon Winchester’s marvellous book about Joseph Needham. called ‘The Man who Loved China.’ Needham was one of the first westerners to recognize China’s scientific and engineering discoveries, most of which preceded western science by decades or even centuries.
When we travelled up the ‘three little gorges’ we passed under a very modern bridge (above and below.)
In Wushan, where our tour of the Three Little Gorges began, was another modern structure.
Lower down the Yangtze we passed this massive structure. The scale can be appreciated when you realize that there are people in the lower right foreground!
Recently China has been constructed many record breaking bridges.
China is currently home to the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, the world’s longest bridge measuring over 164 kilometres (102 mi).
The Xihoumen Bridge bridge in Zhejiang province is the second longest suspension bridge span.
The Sutong Bridge in the Jiangsu province is the second longest cable-stayed span.
The Sidu River Bridge is the highest bridge in the world.
The Chaotianmen Bridge bridge is the longest arch bridge span.
The longest sea bridge in the world is currently under construction between Macau and Hong Kong.
A list of China’s bridges is here.
Next post: Urban development above the Three Gorges Dam.
Pacifica is a city in San Mateo County, California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay.
I visited with family, including the triplets, on a brisk and cloudy day at the end of February.
Are asking yourself, “did she write ‘triplets’ at the start of this post?” – the answer is: yes, I did. We were in the Bay area to visit them; they are now 13 months old. Pop is pushing a stroller with the girl and the parents took turns pushing the boys in a tandem stroller.
Next posts: Back to the tour of China, then a visit to Toronto, Canada.
Hundreds of big boats passed us in both directions on the Yangtze River cruise.
Barges with cargo that wasn’t always identifiable….
Mid-sized brightly painted tour/cruise ships….
There were ships acting as gangways between the land and the cruise ships – as was this one, otherwise a bit of a wreck.
Next post: a change-up: San Francisco.