We woke up next morning with the ship berthed downstream of the dam but not being able to see it in the mist. It was a quick breakfast then off to the dam site (Fran complaining she never gets a moment on the cruise - I'm obviously too easy going as tour leader). After 2 sets of security, one of which I got into trouble for bringing my Swiss army knife (what did they think I was going to do, scrape the dam away with it??), wearrived at the dam site. Unfortunately, it was still very misty and you could not get a good impression of the size of the dam. The ship locks seem a much more impressive feat of engineering, From the view point, you could see how they had blasted through a hill to make them. We had a look at the dam but could not see the other side and could not go down to the downstream side so it was difficult to get an idea of scale. All the way through we got the politically correct spin on things - how the dam will be good for the environment (main reason for building it to prevent flooding) , how everybody had been happy to be relocated etc. etc. What ever your views on the dam project, it was not possible to leave without being impressed with the scale of the whole enterprise.After lunch, we left the ship and it was back to reality. We got picked up by minibus and taken into Yichang and then onto another bus to Wuhan. Neither of these places I had ever heard before this trip yet both were large places - Yichang 4 mil and Wuhan 4.5 mil . We had a 3 hour wait in Wuhan station (newly built - an enormous place) until we caught the overnight train to Hangzhou.