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Yichang and the 3 Gorges

A visit to 3 gorges and making a new friend

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Lucy__our_.._dinner.jpgcoke_sculpture.jpgBefore arriving in Yichang my son said to keep things simple in this city. As soon as we arrived yesterday we went to the concierge and asked about a tour to the 3 gorges dam. The concierge told us that we could sign for the tour right then. We did paying our 200 yuan on the spot. The only way to see the dam is via an official tour.
A little later the confcierge told us that the tour would be a chinese led one and we should consider paying 150 yuan for a english speaking guide. Since Mike had really wanted to come here and we had made the extra moves to get here we paid the extra for the guide.
Our guide's english name was Lucy, a young woman who just graduated with a degree as a tour guide. She met us at the hotel which was good since we had to change buses along the way.
The weather was forecast to rain an although it had rained earlier it was just a heavy fog.
To get to the dam you must go into the mountains. I'm not sure of the elevation but it is about an hour drive. Near the end the bus goes through 5 tunnels, one of which is over 2 miles long.
The tour takes you first to a point overlooking the dam at which time we could barely see across the dam. The 2nd stop is just under the top of the dam which gives the prospective of how tall it is.
The third stop is from the bottom. By this time fog had lifted enough to see across. To get to the viewing spot one must walk through a park running along the river. The park was built to show materials used in the construction. A waterfall is made from stones used to show how they were cut and so forth.
On the way back to the city we asked Lucy about a good place to eat and she said we would show us one. We told her we'd like to buy her lunch and she said ok. It was nice to have her along as she explained about the area specialty Chongdong fish. Unfortunately it cost 240 yuan so we got a different fish but cooked the same way for 40 yuan. You ask what kind of fish for
240? Catfish.
Keep in mind the exchange rate is about 6.5 yuan to $1.00
After a good and not expensive lunch Lucy asked if we would come to her house for dinner. We said yes and she wrote the place to meet in chinese.
At 7pm we hopped in a cab then waited at the place until she arrived. She said that she had gotten a call to go back to the gorge after she left us and it was raining with no visibility.
She made us a dinner which was fun to share in her small place. I'll blog more about this later. For now it is time to catch a flight.

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XinXiang day 2

Visiting local artists

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Our bus was to leave at 4 p.m. so it was an early start. Today was the artists day. On our way to the first
stop we got a call saying a tv crew was waiting for us
Our 1st stop was at Mr. Wang who sculpts from the roots of trees. He does minimal carving so that the piece
s still natural yet u can see it is a figure of something.
The art work was remarkable. Again i'll post photos when possible.
After touring the studio we had to go to the Wang's apartment upstairs to see his garden and then have
some tea. The film crew came along too. Mike and I sat on the couch with Mrs. Wang beside me and Mr
Wang beside Mike. The film crew filmed our every sip of tea.
We had to hurry as we were due at a 2nd artists house, an old classmate of Mr. Wang. We all piled into
the tv van, a mini van with no rear seat. The Wang's brought out tiny stools for people to sit on in the back
area.
The 2nd artist, Mr. Chang carves wood as well but he is famous for carving a face in wood, that is his bread
and butter. He also carved mythical Chinese figures housed in museums and temples. We found that Mr.
Chang has been recognized by UNESCO and many world leaders have visited him. I'm having two pieces carved then signed
by him.
We gave a closing interview to the tv crew before catching our taxi. These artists were the experience of a lifetimel

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XinXiang day 2

Visiting local artists

sunny

Our bus was to leave at 4 p.m. so it was an early start. Today was the artists day. On our way to the first
stop we got a call saying a tv crew was waiting for us
Our 1st stop was at Mr. Wang who sculpts from the roots of trees. He does minimal carving so that the piece
is still natural yet you can see it is a figure of something.
The art work was remarkable. Again i'll post photos when possible.
After touring the studio we had to go to the Wang's apartment upstairs to see his garden and then have
some tea. The film crew came along too. Mike and I sat on the couch with Mrs. Wang beside me and Mr
Wang beside Mike. The film crew filmed our every sip of tea.
We had to hurry as we were due at a 2nd artists house, an old classmate of Mr. Wang. We all piled into
the tv van, a mini van with no rear seat. The Wang's brought out tiny stools for people to sit on in the back
area.
The 2nd artist, Mr. Chang carves wood as well but he is famous for carving a person's face in wood, that is his bread and butter. He has craved faces for Mr. Charoc and others. He has also carved mythical Chinese figures housed in museums and temples.
Mrs. Chang brought out a stack of certificates of achievements and we found that Mr. Chang has been recognized by UNESCO I'm having two pieces carved then signed by him.
We gave a closing interview to the tv crew before catching our taxi. These artists were the experience of a lifetime.

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