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Yangtze River

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Introduction to Yangtze River (扬子江)

Winding about 3,964 miles, Yangtze River is the largest river in China and the third largest in the world after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. Originating from the Tanggula Range in Qinghai Province in western China, the Yangtze River traverses eleven provinces and cities from west to east, including Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai. Finally it pours into the East China Sea at Shanghai.

Yangtze River is the third-longest river in the world and home to more than 300 million people. Yangtze River cruise is an amazing experience to see the power and majesty of China's greatest river. As the ship passes through deep valleys of green hills and narrow canyons with sheer rock cliffs on both sides, passengers become lost in a timelessness that has escaped the rest of the world.  

Acting as the largest water system in China, Yangtze River is historically, economically and culturally important to China. Yangtze River has numerous tributaries including Min River, Han River, Jialing River, Gan River and Huangpu River etc. The Three Gorges Dam on the river is the largest dam project and hydro-electric power station in the world. Generally, people consider the Yangtze River a dividing line between North China and South China. Areas to the north and the south of the river have many differences in climate, scenery, economics, culture and folk customs.

Attractions along Yangtze River
Yangtze cruises between Chongqing and Yichang/Wuhan/Shanghai are frequently-chosen itineraries. Tourists can discover a river abounding with amazing natural beauties and historic relics. No one would deny the majesty of the Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. During the cruise and the onshore excursions, tourists can enjoy the spectacle of Fengdu Ghost City, the unique architecture of Shibaozhai, the fun of drifting in Shennong Stream and the wonder of Three Gorges Dam.

Yangtze Cruise
The Yangtze River Cruise will take you through the three gorges and the Three Gorges Dam, giving you the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. As one of the most interesting rivers in the world, Yangtze River has a variety of tourist attractions, scenery, and culture along its length. A Yangtze Cruise is the thrill of a lifetime. Tourists can enjoy the stunning scenery of the Three Gorges while exploring the ancient cultural sites along the river. 

Four Yangtze Cruise Routes
1. From Chongqing to Yichang (downstream) takes three nights and four days;
2. From Yichang to Chongqing (upstream) takes four nights and five days;
3. From Chongqing to Shanghai (downstream) take six nights and seven days;
4. From Shanghai to Chongqing (upstream) takes eight nights and nine days.
 

   
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Location

Through Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai, China

   
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Main Sights

Yangtze River, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge

   
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Travel Information

Admission for Yangtze Cruise:

Costs of a sole Yangtze River Cruises are from 500 to 700 USD. And if you choose a splendid Yangtze River tour with an extension to China's metropolitan cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Tibet, Xian or Guilin, the rates will reach between 1400 and 3000 USD. It depends on the itinerary and standard you choose.

Duration for Yangtze Cruises:

1. From Chongqing to Yichang (downstream): 10:00PM (Sunday) - 1:00PM (Wednesday)

2. From Yichang to Chongqing (upstream): 12:00PM (Wednesday) - 9:00AM (Sunday)

   
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Transportation 

1. Visitors can take a private coach to the boarding point.

   
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Travel Tips 

1. The best time for a Yangtze Cruise is in April, May, September and October.

2. It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. Because at that time, the hotel reservation and transportation will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.


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