Travelling Up the Yangtze River

The views you get travelling up the Yangtze River are not quite the same as floating down the same river, people told us.

I can believe in this as views can be different if you view them the other way.dscf6180

The trip was unforgettable!

I was entranced when we made our way up with the sun setting in front of us. It was surreal!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( of Yangtze River 2 )

This is a sequel to my last post.

This photo is more stunning than the two I posted yesterday.dscf6215

The steep cliff overlooking the Yangtze River is just striking. The river level was raised due to the impounding of water by the Three Gorges dam.

Just imagine what it was like when the river was a lot lower!

weekly Photo Challenge: Edge ( of the Yangtze River )

Not sure why the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge has not been announced.

I therefore stick to the theme for last week – Edge.dscf6241

The Three Gorges situate in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River China,

Some of the best views can be seen cruising on this section of the Yangtze.

Some of Three Gorges’ view are  rated AAAAA!dscf6240

Here are a couple of photos showing typical edges of the silt laden Yangtze River.

Many of these are steep sided gorges as evidenced in my photos.

Fantastic views!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Misty ( on the YangTze River)

This week’s photo challenge is Misty.

For the several days we cruised along the Yangtze River in China, it was almost misty throughout.

Yangtze flows from the Tibetan mountains to the sea and is the longest river in China and also Asia.

It s the third longest river in the world after the Nile and the Amazon.

The river is ladened with a lot of silt.

We started our journey near Wuhan and made our way upstream ending at Chongqing.DSCF6141

While at the Three Gorges dam, we have a good look at the dam. The mist was so heavy that it seems to disappear at a distance.

I went up to the upper deck of the vessel, trying to take some photos of the early morning mist. Very soon, I found it was just futile if I were to take  pictures of faraway landscape without contrasting it with some nearby objects as the whole picture appeared to be blur.DSCF6190

Later in the day, the mist become less heavier, the whole scene is still misty.DSCF6153

The most common sight were the coal barges transporting coal up or down the river.DSCF6227

Here and there, there were occasional view of villages by the side of the river.DSCF6134DSCF6137ADSCF6187

The mist also covered much of the mountains on the sides of the river.DSCF6155

In some instances, you can see the landform just faded out at a distance.

Have experienced quite a few misty trip while up the mountains. Didn’t expect it was also  this misty along the river.





Travel Theme: Hidden

Ailsa’s Travel theme this week is Hidden.

Woke up early in the morning, I stumbled onto the top deck of our ship that was cruising up the Three Gorges section of the Yangtze River and, as the only person on the deck, I found myself terribly alone.

There was total silence and a thick mist was around me.

Out of the thick mist, I could see mountains rising steeply on both sides of the river. The distant mountains appeared as layers of blue and green before my eyes.DSCF6137

Hidden behind the clouds and sometimes barely visible was our tiny sun.

Dwarfed by the mountains was this partially hidden speck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  so tiny that I have never seen anything like it before.