A 4 day luxury cruise down the Yangtze River was definitely one way to get from Chongquing to Shanghai. Regarded as the lifeblood of China, the mighty Yangtze is bestowed with sheer gorges, mountain villages, and spectacular scenery.
Unfortunately for Bradley, it was 4 days spent frequently moving between horizontal and seated (on the toilet). Minus 4 kg later, it was decided to see the ships 'medical' practitioner'; a young Chinese man with a voice like Takei and mole above his lip that sprouted hair suitable for plaiting. For only AU$300, the doc provided a belly massage, 90 herbal tablets to be taken over 3 days, and acupuncture in the belly. Amazingly, within two weeks, Bradley was feeling a little better.
The cruise took us through the Three Gorges Dam; the largest dam and hydroelectric power plant in the world.
For the dam to be possible, 1.3 million people were forced to move, and 13 cities, 140 towns, and more than 1,600 villages were 'drowned'. Further to this, the dam itself was horribly boring.
But at least we saw toilets with bio-plastic self sealing bags...
and an ingenious eye patch for a hair piece!