Sunday, December 28, 2008

Chongqing, China

We didn't get to see too much of Chongqing. We arrived after dark and it was raining.

Chongqing is a huge city. So big, in fact, that it is now its own province. It is built in the mountains and most of the buildings are built into the mountainsides. The roads, of course, are very steep and, instead of bicycles, we saw lots of motorbikes.

The city is dominated by rivers. It is here that the Yangtze River joins up with its largest tributary. It is a very large tourist city and the riverside is crowded with buildings that are brightly light up at night.

Our arrival at the pier was quite interesting. It was very dark and there were really no lights. We are introduced to what we will find all along the Yangtze: well worn concrete steps with no handrails. Here we have about 50 steps to get down, in the dark, in the rain, with our carry on luggage.

Ship staff is strategically located along the stair case to offer a helping hand and, if necessary, to pass our carry ons from one to another. We arrive on the pier, finally, and are directed to our cabin. Our first impression of the ship and staff is very positive.

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