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When we disembarked the boat the first time we were greeted by this gauntlet of venders -
and our first view of many of this smiling faced boat's photographer
Here we boarded smaller boats for a trip up Xiling Gorge and a visit to the Tribes of the Three Gorges. We were serenaded on the trip by the boatman.
When we arrived at the Tribes of the Three Gorges display area we first saw some period boats manned by actors.
Various photos of the boat vista presented.
Please don't rock the boat. I really do not want to get wet!
As we walked further up the valley we found
Next we were treated to a tea presentation by some lovely young ladies.
Okay, what is going on here?
Well, now we know. This tour member was not bargaining for a computer in Shanghai, he was bargaining for a bride!
From the looks of the bride, he got a really good deal, or paid a premium price!
Remember the old song about two silhouettes on the shade?
The zheng is an ancient Chinese instrument. It has been developed from a small instrument made from bamboo, originally used by herdsman. It was very popular during ancient times, as early as the Warring States Period and the Qin Dynasty (225 to 206 BC and earlier). The Zheng has an arched surface and is elongated-trapezoidal with 13 to 21 strings stretched over individual bridges. Although metal strings are common today, the strings were of silk in ancient times. The zheng rests on two pedestals and is played using 3 to 4 imitation fingernails. On the right side of the bridges, both hands pluck the strings and on the left side, the left fingers bend the strings to change pitch or to provide embellishment. Its playing range spans three to four octaves. We had this instrument made when we worked in Chengdu at the music conservatory
This side trip really brought out the animal in some of us.