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Full Circle

Day 67: Chongqing

Michael Palin - Full CircleA rude awakening. First, low-grade awareness of the ship's ubiquitous music. A Chinese Olivia Newton-John seeping out of the wall. This followed almost immediately by a fierce throat-clearing retch from the cabin next door. But what has me diving for the floor is a series of thunderous explosions. The film Yangtze Incident leaps to mind. Has war broken out without us knowing? More explosions. Smoke rises from the bank, less than 100 yards away. This is followed by the sound of slithering rock, and relief that it is nothing worse than the Chinese blowing their mountains apart again. I can only think the quarrymen must have waited till we were passing to detonate the explosion. Probably cheered them up no end.

A metropolitan feel to the river traffic as we approach Chongqing, the largest city in China, with a population of at least fifteen million. A succession of hovercraft, hydrofoils and river cruisers with names like Fantasy Fairyland and China Dream pass on their way north.
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  • Series: Full Circle
  • Day: 67
  • Country/sea: China
  • Place: Chongqing
  • Book page no: 96

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