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Three Gorges Travel Impression

 

the downtown of Chongqing If Chongqing in the daytime is only a simple country girl, who requires time to get close to and understand; while Chongqing in the night would have been a brilliant beauty that you might be captivated by here at your very first glance. The long long riverside road, shinning street lamp and mountains in the not-far-away distance, all together make this city a fairyland.

 

Nightlife in Chongqing is almost the same as other big cities in China. The aged would like to gather in a teahouse to play cards or just talk with each other in peace. The youngsters are bound to KTV, bars or coffee café. In this city, you can find the oldest as well as the modernist life style, no wonder recently several movies chose it as shot scene, like Crazy Stone, which have all received broad praises. More and more people come to Chongqing to experience the scenes in those movies.

 

the Ciqikou Ancient Town The ticket for Sichuan Opera like face changing ranges from 200 RMB to 130 RMB. Now Chongqing has about 10 five-star hotels including those two or three under construction. Now you can get to Tibet from Chongqing by train (soft sleeper costs about 1000RMB). You can also take a flight to Singapore via Thai land.

 

Ci Qi Kou/ Eling Park/ Huguang Guildhall

 

Peter, our tour guide for the city trip. From Jiangbei Airport to the city center cost almost 45 minutes by bus. Our first stop was Ci Qi Kou.Getting through the big gate, we stepped on the old characteristic steep stone street, step by step. Just like having entered another world: Narrow hill roads, old cottages, a cat lying on the gate with wide eyes. Because of early flight, I felt a little not myself. Home is not on the road, then where is the home?

 

Suddenly, an old Chapman with his goods rushed into my eyes. Shuttlecock, made with a simple round bottom and combined with cock feathers hand made by an old grandma, was popular among kids at my age in China. My memory was revoked at that moment. Yeah, exactly, it was the place I was from. I got a very familiar feeling and it made me cheered up all in a sudden and shouted to my colleague: Look, this is my childhood. Walking on and on. Suddenly, the world became noisy. Crowds of people with different accent were all there.

 

Eling Park

unnamed photo taken in ChongqingAfter 25 minutes drive from Ci Qi Kou, we arrived at Eling Park. There we had our tasteful food. So great! It was really hot. For those who are in favor of spicy food or want to have a risk of tasting the local specialties, it’s a nice choice. 5 minutes walk from Eling Park; there was the private garden of Chiang Kaishek. Facing Yangtze River, it was a good place for a bird’ eye view of the riverside city.

 

Now it was a public park. We were lucky that we encountered many local aged people dancing there.  Seeing their face with smiles, happiness reveal, we couldn’t help dancing with them.Laughters scattered. It was cool.

 

Flying Pavilion

With red and yellow painted wall, Fly Pavilion once served as the noted Jiang’s residence. Now it is used for souvenir shops. The shopkeeper heard our voice and looked out. He sensed that we would not buy and turned back disparity.

 

Huguang Guildhall

Huguan Guildhall Covering an area of 7650 square meters, then we arrived Huguang Guildhall. It was said that people became rarer and rare for the wars in early Qing Dynasty. When it came to Kangxi Year, people from Hunan, Hope, Guangdong and Guangxi moved here. It was built in 1685 and rebuilt in 2003 mainly sponsored by World Bank. We could learn the stories at that time from the lively were figures. According to these Reproduce Scene Reflecting, those who were in hunger, would be given food for free; those who got sick, would be given herbals. Sounds like a real utopia.


Architecture here is very classic. I like these exquisite sculptures and just wondered how could it be done?  Turtle, peach, crane and deer all have the meaning of “longevity” while banana and sunflower mean big crowds of offer springs.

 

Outside the gate, there is a tea store. What’ s interesting,  you can enter the teahouse for half an hour to have a lesson of Chinese tea. The girl in front of us who showed us how to drink tea said, “ That you drink tea is not equal to that you understand tea. That you live not surely means you understand life”, I really love what she said.  Have a cup of tea and listen without doubts, you might get more simple but deep philosophies in the world of Chinese tea.

 

Ghost City

the ghost city It was foggy. The ship started to go at 08:15. The city skyline disappeared little by little. I could see the autumn leaves with in the mist. Our tour guide told us if it were a sunny day, all the red leaves along the river would be shining. What beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, we didn’t have that chance to get a view of it because of the foggy weather.

 

We got off the ship and were taken to an area just outside the fabled Ghost City.  We walked up what seemed like a mountain of stairs, leaving the ship and the mighty Yangtze to our backs as we made our way to the trolleys that took us to the Ghost city.  For me the name was intriguing.  Did this ancient civilization with 5,000 years of history have the same concepts of ghosts and spirits, devils and demons, and heaven and hell that my native land also did?  Did this concept of eternal damnation begin with Western religion and monotheism, or did it date back to a time long before Abraham, Jesus, or Mohammed walked the earth?

 

We made our way up the steps that led to the first test of our journey through Ghost City.  If we passed the three tests, then we would be admitted into paradise.  We crossed the bridge of judgment, where all who were inherently evil would fall into the pits of the underworld.  After successful completion of this test, our net test would be a test of faith, courage, and strength.  We climbed a steep set of stairs, without taking a breath or looking back.  This was like a passage through a cloud of spirits where you don’t breath the stench of their evilness or look back in uncertainty.  Alas, we moved on and prepared for our final test in the hall f Judgment.  The architecture was impressive, and the woodworking put together in such a way that gave an imperialistic feel.  To me it was the Chinese version of the gates of heaven.  Or are the gates of heaven a westernized version of the Chinese judgment hall?

 

the folk dancing ball I came to the first judge, who is more lenient and had a pen and plane scroll to list my life’s doings.  The second judge reviewed all that I had done and made the judgment.  The interior structure of the hall clearly depicted the stark contrast between the pleasure and serenity of paradise and the torture and pain of the “Di Yu,” or Chinese hell.  My judgment was that my life is not yet over, but to serve as inspiration to live a good life, I was taken through the passage all to the underworld, where the initial stages of torture had begun to punish all those who had not lived a prudent and honest life.  It was enough torture to hurt my own eyes.  I saw a man being sawed in half upside down from the pelvis up, and in another area a woman’s body being pulled apart piece by piece.  It was a world tat would be hard to imagine had I not seen this inhumane torture unfold before my eyes.  From this day forward, I shall remember this chamber each time I think of doing something on the side of evil and ask myself, “Is it worth it?”

 

The conclusion of our journey through Ghost City ended with a very important decision.  For me it is a decision I have been struggling to make in the early stages of my professional life.  I had to choose one of the two bridges, each leading to a different path for my life.  One would promise wealth and prosperity, the other would ensure health and longevity.  I closed my eyes, imagined my life in the years to come, and stepped over the bridge and into the path of my life.

 

Shennong Stream

three gorges area Here’s the most tranquil and clear water. With Chinese bamboo dense growing on the both side of the river, we could even see monkeys jumping here and there. Jersey, our new friend in this journey, a traveling expert from Poland, he said “Gorgeous! Just like the jungles of Africa!” Sure I loved it. 

 

Three Gorges Dam

 

 

 

 

Mechanics is Greek to me. As a layman, I couldn’t I couldn’t understand most of these data from our guide, but when I saw this huge dam with steel, I was still excited at that time. All I knew was that it was the biggest electricity hydropower. How powerful it would be! And how many people had been crying for its coming. Like it or not, now it exists there. Once I was deeply moved for the scenes showing on TV that the villagers along the Yangtze River. They were not willing to depart their birthplace. They cried and swore to die with their home. I knew it was not wise, or say, rational. However, I appreciate their true emotions for their original place. Because this is an eternal question: where did I come from and where I belong? Finally these people had moved to other places. They got bigger houses, they got better health cares  and their children got better schools for education. If there’s some day, they will miss that place, the place where their ancestors there and  had brought up generation to generation, a place they had cried for but now under water ? who knows.

 

A night on the Yangtze

the three gorges dam Music is coming from above me, and I am drawn to it.  I quickly put on my slippers, and step out into the hallway.  The corridor is narrow, but well lit and decorated with photographs of artifacts representing the culture that was built around the mighty river that I am floating on.  I stop, wait, and listen.  This time, my ears are keen to the sound of a drum, and I am lured down the hall.  In order to reach the music, I must climb one flight of stairs to the fifth and final deck of the cruise ship.  Instead of going up via the stairs in the lobby, I elect to step out into the night first and catch a glimpse of the Yangtze River and her beauty.  I am immediately welcomed by the wind.  The silence and feeling of peace that a night on the Yangtze brings is captivating.

 

After a few moments on the deck, I am awakened from my trance and I make my way to the stairwell at the front of the ship, once again following the sound of the music.  I climb the stairs and make my way to the show.  The performers were colorfully decorated in traditional Tibetan costumes.  The women had their hair tied back and wore long beautiful silk dresses adorned with small bells that sounded as they danced.  The men wore hats and vests with cream colored pants.  They held tambourines and created the rhythm and music that the women danced to.  I watched the unity with which the women danced and admired how the rhythm in their steps seemed to unfold to the music.  This was truly a night on the Yangtze.

 

 

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