The Yangtze River (also called the "yellow river" or "golden River") is the 3rd longest river on Earth stretching 6,300km through 18 provinces and cities in China. It comprises three sections: the Upper (incl. Three Gorges), Middle and Lowers Reaches. The best way to experience the stunning scenery of this river is to go on a cruise. It might take up to 11 days to travel from Chongqing to Shanghai on cruise. Due to the lengthy stretch, the weather, landscapes, economic, folk customs and culture are varied amongst the areas along the river.