It is just past sundown in China tours the Chinese city of Chongqing, a place you grew up calling Chungking. You are at the city's highest point, overlooking the huge People's Square and the dark Yangtze River beyond. You can't believe your eyes and ears. While rock and roll blasts from pole-top speakers, literally hundreds of Chonqing's citizens engage in impromptu dancing in the square below. Some seem to be waltzing; some strut in a ragged country and western line dance; some seem to have come up with a cross between Tai Chi and the Macarena. They come here twice a day, you are told, morning and night. This they do for exercise. You descend a broad concrete stairway toward the square, wanting to join in, but every few steps a crowd of teenagers runs up to you, happily put their arms around you and pose with you while their friends snap pictures.
Outside this reception line barefoot porters walk with bamboo yokes over their shoulders, the way their ancestors Yangtze River cruises have carried wares for hundreds of years, though dangling from these poles is not rice or feed, but large Pullman suitcases and garment bags; your checked luggage. As you reach the end of the sand, the beginning of the pier, an eight-piece brass band loudly strikes up "Yankee Doodle." "Yangtze Doodle," you think, and groan at your own pun.
The Chang Jiang (Yangtze) river valley has some of the world's most spectacular scenery--misty mountains, ancient gorges, bamboo groves, and narrow passageways. This valley will change after 2009 when the Three Gorges Dam is completed. If you want to see the river as it has been for hundreds of years, you need to head student tours to China to China in this decade.
Rivers are natural beauty of the world so we should praise its beauty. some of them are in a ragged country and western line dance; some of them seem to have come up with a cross between Tai Chi and the Macarena. They come here two times in a day.