The Princess Elaine owned by China Regal Cruises was considered one of the best ships on the Yangtze River. The captain and his ship were the first to be allowed to pass the locks of the Three Gorges Dam at the inauguration ceremony.
Originally the ship was one of twelve ships, built in the former GDR for the Volga region. Three of them were resold to China. In the meantime, Princess Elaine is out of service.
A tour of the engine room showed the complex technology required to operate such a ship. However, the dining room for the crew is much simpler than the rooms for the passengers.
But this is not the only entertainment on board. The explanations of traditional Chinese medicine had a huge attendance. Chinese Medicine is a system of medicine with a 6000-year-old tradition in consideration of Daoist teachings. It has indisputably won its place alongside Western scientific medicine, and hardly anyone doubts that both teachings complement each other.
A study by the German health insurance companies on the subject of acupuncture has produced a result that is astonishing for both sides. One could prove that acupuncture helps to deal with various sufferings, but it was surprising that it does not matter where one places the needles. It can be assumed that the effect of acupuncture is essentially related to pain therapy.
The five stars of Princess Elaine also indicate that there are other amenities on board, such as a fitness room or sauna.
Chinese cosmetics also form part of the entertainment program. It always sees itself as part of Chinese medicine under the motto Health for the skin and is based on the cosmetic customs of the empresses.
Since atomized river pearls were considered to be particularly pure, their powder was not only mixed in skin creams but also eaten as medicine. Aloe, wolfberry and wheat flowers are used for the face masks.
A short introduction to the landscape and the problems around the new Three Gorges Dam prepare us for the visit of this gigantic construction.
In the evening we are entertained with folklore. We see the dances or music of the Chinese minorities. Also, the passengers perform some sketches.
Together they let the evening come to an end. One evening, a Chinese couple even surprises us with a Viennese waltz at midnight.
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