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Journeys : October November 2009
Thre e Gorge s area, Yangtze Rive r We watched from the Sun Deck as our ship was lowered 113 metres through the five stages of locks around the Three Gorges Dam. The Century Sun and five other ships manoeuvred into each of the locks and the gates were closed before the water was lowered to enable passage into the next lock. Work is underway on a giant elevator, which will make the 120 metre journey in a single stage in about half an hour. There have been technical issues about how to lower a 70,000 ton ship in a giant bucket of water -- engineers calculated that it would take 200 cables to support the weight of the vessel and bucket but an alternative rack and pinion system has been proposed. Here, there, everywhere Hobart Corner Murray and Patrick Streets Phone 6232 6300 Hobart Collins Street RACT Travelworld Shop 1, 110 Collins Street Phone 6222 9222 Rosny Park Rosny Mall 2 Bayfield Street Phone 6232 6577 People, places and prices Harvey Lennon's postcards from C hina Earlier this year, RACT's Chief Operating Officer travelled to China to attend the CruiseCo Conference and cruised the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Wuhan aboard the Viking Century Sun. His diary notes give an insight into the journey. s t C hildren of the Viking River Cruises The children of the Viking River Cruises Primary School had all come to school on a Saturday just to greet us and perform for us. They enthusiastically performed a number of songs and dances for us and we were then literally dragged off by the children to see their classrooms. A 10 year old girl from Grade 5 presented me with a small origami gift that she had made and asked me to write my name in the front of one of her Chinese reading books. Then she wrote her name, Deng Shi Zheng, in English and Chinese characters. The children sang more songs to us and I joined some other visitors in responding with a chorus of Waltzing Matilda. a e m s Shibaozhai The path from the ship to the Shibaozhai Pagoda was lined on both sides by locals trying to sell their wares -- jade ornaments, silk shirts, even painted rocks. They enthusiastically bartered with anyone prepared to stop, producing pen and paper to write down the amount in the local currency, Yuan. The 12-storey pagoda was built 450 years ago. The entire structure is made from wood using traditional mortice and tenon joints and no nails. Steep wooden ladders link the floors. I must have been a very inelegant sight as I climbed to the top level -- it's called Super Heaven and is believed to bring good luck for the after-life. October / November 09 56 Harvey Lennon Harvey Lennon
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