checking in to the Dorsett Hotel (which unfortunately was under
renovation), we found a pedestrian street near the hotel with lots of
shops, just jam packed with shoppers and with lovers strolling hand in
hand, people just enjoying the night air and the open space that seemed to
stretch on forever. The evening walk relaxed us and got us ready for a
good night’s sleep. The next morning, we got up early for the usual
breakfast buffet. Soon, it was time to pack up and head out for the day’s
tour before boarding our bus to Yichang.
Built in 1658, this 300-year-old Buddhist temple complex ranks as one
of the oldest, most ornate in central China. Out of respect, we couldn’t
take pictures inside the temple. But we enjoyed some photo ops outside.
Here are some Mature
Friends, along with some Chinese tourists, looking down at the koi
carp swimming the pool below. The
Hall of Arhats and the Sutra Collection Pavilion are the
Yellow Crane Tower
First built in 223 AD, the Yellow
Crane Tower, along with an imposing Buddha
, stands atop a hill that
we had to climb to get to the complex. Once we arrived at the complex, we
could climb up the to the top of the tower
and take in a sweeping view
of the temple complex
and the surrounding city.
We had a bit of a problem with our local guide, but our national guide,
Sheila, stepped in to save the day. We were happy to have spent time at
this extraordinary tower. When we’d finished wandering around the complex
and (for some of us) climbing the tower, our bus whisked us off to a local
restaurant for a much-needed lunch.
Bus Ride to Yichang
After lunch, we boarded our bus for the three-hour bus ride to our cruise
, only a year old) on the Yangtze River. As we rode along
through rural China, we saw saw a lot of countryside, including farmers
working their rice paddies. We even observed some water buffalo hard at
work in the paddies and fields. When we arrived at Yichang, we had dinner
at a local restaurant, and then our bus drove us to our floating hotel to
begin our Yangtze adventure!