Our local guide, Ambrosia, and our fabulous driver took us to the Xi’an airport in the morning for our flight south to Wuhan. As we were landing , the pilot told us that the current temperature in Wuhan was 98 degrees. That’s super hot, folks! Our local guide, Eric, met us at the airport and we hopped in the van for a “4 ½ hour” ride to Yichang, where we would hop on our boat for the Yangtze cruise. First off, the van’s air conditioning was not functioning very well. Secondly, there was something akin to a heater pumping out heat on the floor. Needless to say, it was a toasty trip.
We had a lovely dinner in Yichang and then got in the van for the “short” ride to the boat. Unfortunately, when we reached the bridge that led to the dock, they happened to be constructing a wall in front of the entrance. Our driver was a bit perplexed and had to call someone for some help. We ended up going around the mountain, along with the hundreds of other folks who had been detoured, and were stuck in traffic forever. By the time we got to the boat, we were about four hours later than scheduled. We were very excited to find out that because we were with China Spree we were able to upgrade to a VIP super fabulous “luxury” room for a fraction of the cost. Woo hoo! We jumped right on it and love our room!