We were driven by bus from Chengdu to Chongqing. Even though we had never heard of this city, it is number 3 in most populated cities in China. It is more populated than Beijing. The metropolitan population, not counting the surrounding urban area, is just a little over 30 million people.
Chongqing is where we embarked our boat to cruise the Yangtze river.
Here is a picture I took over looking the Yangtze river in Chongqing before we got on the boat.
I am going to split the trip into two posts. The first post is about the boat. We did not know what our boat would be like since this was a first time trip for us. I am sharing this information with you in case you have never cruised the Yangtze and are curious about the boats.
The second post will be about the actual trip and what we saw.
This is not our actual boat but one very similar. There are dozens of these boats cruising in both directions and they all look very similar from the outside.
These photos are in no particular order. This photo is of the private common area our group enjoyed on the boat.
This is the photo of the top deck.
As you can see, the boat had quite a bit of Chinese decorations. This is the stairs that go to each floor. I think there was a total of five floors. There were also two elevators.
Our dining room. All meals were served buffet style and the food was very good.
I did not take a picture of our stateroom, but it was very nice. All rooms had a balcony.
As I said, we had no idea what to expect, but we were really impressed with the quality of the boat, the staff and the service.
Next post I will tell you about the adventures we had while boating down the Yangtze.