Monday, April 01, 2013
Tuesday March 26, 2013
We were up early enough for ‘early bird coffee and tea’ on the sundeck. The sun is shining on us today! There are a few clouds but the rain and fog are gone.
Yesterday we went through Xi-ling Gorge. Today we went through Wu Gorge and Qu-tang Gorge so we’ve made it through “the three gorges.”
gathering for today's instructions:
Today we also took a ferry boat to the Shen-nong Stream where we got onto the peapod boats which are powered by men. These men are Totai. The Totai have been boatmen and farmers for hundreds of years. When the Dam was built, most of the people had to move either to higher ground or to the cities. The good is the children now get an education. The bad is the communities and homes of these people are gone forever. Because the children are getting an education and because the peapod boats will eventually be motorized, a way of life will disappear
This afternoon we watched a documentary on The Dam called “China’s Mega Dam.” It was done before the dam was completed. It told about the dam itself and also the way the dam affects the people. As one of the speakers said, the dam was supposed to help the poor but it is not. The poor have been relocated against their will. Old buildings and artifacts have been intentionally destroyed and buried under the water.
It is dark and we are still moving up the Yangtze River. We recently passed a very large city but I do not know which one.
copies of what is buried under the water:
hanging coffin along Yangtze