Xia Zhou Hotel
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- Free parking
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... prawn crackers" expecting something chip or cracker like, but they were basically cheese puffs with shrimp instead of cheese. I bought a loaf of "toast," which wasn't pre-toasted bread-it was just bread. There's a bunch of shopping on the bottom floors of our building, which is convenient. My favorite part about the store is that you don't just get a buggy (I refuse to call it a shopping cart!) or a basket; you get a basket that you kinda just drag around ...
... Actually, the city of Chongqing covers a huge area. The city absorbed the land and the millions of people who were relocated from the Yangtze due to the building of the Three Gorges Dam. We traveled the river most of a day before we actually left the city limits of Chongqing.
Once we boarded the Victoria Sophia River Boat we were in a comfortable environment but the dock area and wharf were a culture shock. We passed ...
... and the mist and cloud made it quite stunning. We continued down stream to the second gorge (Wu) which was even better ( 45km long). On exiting this gorge we stopped off and took a small boat up one of smaller tributary gorges.(Goddest Stream) This was even more spectacular. Very narrow with sheer cliffs rising 800 meters either side. But believe it or not there was still a place there where people lived. Not so many though as most were relocated ...
... that was about to unfold.
Along with the other Westerners we had arrived close to the scheduled starting time only to find that every seat and table was taken so we happily pulled up chairs around the bar. As soon as the Captain mentioned "eat" the 200 Chinese passengers literally charged the food table - it was like a swarm of locusts descending. Within 90 jaw dropping seconds every morsel of food had vanished from the tables. One lady with a laden plate ...
... and generates 11 times more power than the Hoover Dam. It moves 4 million cu/ft of water per second. Two more crazy facts: By holding a significant mass of water upstream in its reservoir, the dam has slowed the rotation of the earth. 13 cities, 140 towns, and more than 1,600 villages have been submerged under the world's largest reservoir. An official count of 1.3 million people were relocated. Food I'm starting to get used to the real Chinese food which is ...