After lunch, we flew to Chongqing (formerly called Chunking), which was Chiang Kai Shek`s capital during the Sino-Japanese war. It is mountainous, with steep streets, surrounding a confluence of two rivers. Because of the immense Three Gorges dam, several hundred miles to the south, the Yangtze has risen 120 feet, and will continue rising another 30 feet by 2009, when the lake will have filled. As a result, much of the city has been re-built (and is still being re-built) on higher ground. There are 30 million people in the metropolitan area and almost seven million in the city. (There are 170 metropolitan areas in China with over one million inhabitants.) We walked through the old city, with Ming residences, shops, and a tea house where we had a performance by string and woodwind quartets playing classical Chinese music. We also visited the Stilwell Museum, in the former residence of General Joseph Stilwell, who assisted Chiang Kai Shek. After checking out of the hotel, we had dinner near the docks, and boarded the Victoria Katerina, for our cruise down the river
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