Yangtze River

Overview

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.

Weather

High seasons to travel on this river is April to May and September to October because of the cool weather. Winter is also recommended to travel along the river because the low level of water will enhance the breathtaking beauty of the Three Gorges and it is off-peak season. Summer time (from May to September) is hot and long. It could reach up to 37 degrees C in daytime and 28 degree C in night time. Further, rainfall and thunderstorms occur more often in this season.

Transportation

Ideally, you can take bullet train from Xian to Wuhan and then board your cruise there. At the end of the trip, you will be arrived in the next city depending on the itinerary (Chongqing/ Shanghai). However, the cruise can be board in different cities such as Sichuan and Hubei. Many river ships and vessels are available. However, it is best to look for good facilities, newness of the ships, services and activities.

Dining

Most of the vessels offer both Chinese and Western cuisines in buffet and banquet styles. Vegetarian dishes might also be available. Menus for the three meals are changed daily. Depending on the cruise selected, local special cuisine will be served.

Activities

Many cruises offer services such as Chinese massage, spa or salon, in-room dinning service, onboard learning, caption's welcome and farewell parties, crew's show and shore excursions.

Highlight Attractions

Three Gorges Project

The Three Gorges project's construction commenced in 1971 and finished in 2009 to against annual flooding and it was considered as the world's largest construction scheme and hydropower station.

The Shennong Stream

The stream flows through three beautiful gorges including the Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge and Longcangdong Gorge. Each gorge is renowned for its unique and stunning scenery. The Shennong Stream is also home to the Hanging Coffins, which are ancient coffins containing the remains of descendants of the Tujia people.