Today we were able to sleep in and instead of waking and being ready to leave at 8am we were able to leisurely go down to breakfast at 8.15. Was lovely!

Wushan is on the Yangzi River so the obvious thing to do today was a cruise on the river. We boarded the boat and went upstream on a tributary of the Yangzi through beautiful gorges leaving the dock about 10am. What lovely steep cliffs and hills. This was called the Lesser Three Gorges…an apt translation. For a small fee we had plastic stool sand bottomless cups of green tea as we viewed the scenery.

After about 2 hours we boarded a smaller boat that took us further up the river. (for about 40 mins)

On the return aboard the larger boat I stood on the bow and enjoyed the quiet. Yes the microphone for the Chinese passengers even ceased and for maybe half an hour there was silence. How divine. I could hear the birds and the monkeys. I even saw two sets of monkeys scampering on the bank. It was heaven for that short time!

On return to the dock and then the hotel we had lunch and spent about an hour sorting the car. Each time we get a little more organised and teven manage to throw something else out!

Off to a Chinese restaurant for dinner…we will see how clever we are at ordering for ourselves. We have before done a chicken dance to get chicken…will see what happens tonight. It is all part of the adventure!IMG_5434IMG_5453IMG_5684IMG_5765

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