When the guide says it it sounds like Three Gorgeous Dam
For those who know me well – sleep is an important part of my life and a sure way to guarantee that I am functioning properly. The last few days have been really hectic, with lots of early mornings, travelling and disrupted sleep. Today I rejoiced in the fact that I could sleep in for as long as I wanted (I just had to skip breakfast but that was an easy sacrifice.) The bed in the boat is really comfortable and I was so tired that I did not stir until 9am – wondrous! After lunch we had the main side trip of the ‘cruise’ – a visit to the massive Three Gorges Dam. The dam is the most powerful dam that is creating the most energy in the world. It has a very impressive lock system and an equally impressive ship lift that will be finished in 2015. Personally the wow factor for me was the massive escalator system you went on to get to the viewing area! Definitely no stair climbing today – my style of hill climb! We were given a tour guide who could speak both Chinese and English – his name is Jimmy!!! I think he actually put on a ‘stage’ voice that was a bit of a mixture of Elvis Presley and the Count off Sesame Street. Michelle and I could not stop laughing every time he spoke. I really wish this blog had an audio section or that I had filmed him because he has definitely been a highlight for me!
Being the first ‘proper’ night on board there was a planned welcome party! Scheduled for 7.30pm I arrive 5 mins late and it was over! The speech had been made, the beer in champagne glasses handed out and the 4 plates of food (biscuits, sweet rolls and prawn crackers) were nearly empty!!! By 7.45pm ¾ of the guests had left and there was just a few of us lingering around. It would have to be the shortest party in history! The Chinese like to do everything quick – speak, eat and party! My little friend and I had a bit of a dance until he dropped his biscuit on the floor and his grandfather wouldn’t let him eat it – then it was Little Emperor time – tantrum! The result of China’s one child policy – where boys especially are treated like little emperors! The dancing was over but the card games began.
Tao taught us a Chinese card game called The Landlord. In basic terms it is 2 people against 1 (the renters against the landlord) and it is the first to get all their cards out. The games started with 3 of us but soon turned to 5. A girl in her 20s – Tiffany (her English name!!!) joined us and it was a lot of fun. The game went on for ages and when I went to bed I had to laugh as I thought it would be the Chinese guests who would keep me awake (not only do they talk fast but they talk LOUD) but it was our group playing cards!