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Monday, June 29, 2009

China Diary -- Part 25 Leaving the Gorges

As we left Shennong we passed the famous "hanging coffins". They're a little hard to see, but if you click on the pictures and look carefully at them you will find them.

These coffins were constructed by the "Bo people", early inhabitants of this region who were exterminated by the Ming rulers. Nobody today knows just why or how the coffins were placed in these clefts. Usually they were made from a single piece of wood. Few of them remain -- most were destroyed by the Dam project, and we were fortunate to be able to see them.

Then it was out again into the gorges heading downstream toward the dam. After several hours we arrived at the ship lock of the Three Gorges Dam.