Yangtze River Cruise, a wonderful chance to explore the marvelous sceneries of Yangtze River which is the greatest and longest river in China, it is an unforgettable memory to get close to the Three Gorges and also a great experience to discover the traditional Chinese culture and local customs along the cities passing by. How to plan a Yangtze River Cruise? Here are things you need to know during your preparation for a Yangtze River tour in China, including the best visiting time, tips for choosing your route, ship and cabin. Read on to seek for some good ideas for your amazing Yangtze River tour.
Yangtze River, or Changjiang River, regarded as the mother river of Chinese people, is the longest river in China and the third longest river in the world, with a total length of more than 6,300 km. Passing main cities like Chongqing, Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai from 11 provinces from western to eastern of China, Yangtze River area is considered to be the most prosperous area in China. The Three Gorges is no wonder to be the essence of the sceneries along the Yangtze River.
The best time to have a Yangtze River Cruise will be spring and autumn, while the weather is moderate, not too hot or too cold, very suitable for paying a visit, especially in April, May, September and October. During summer time, weather here is hot and not so comfortable for outdoor activities, meanwhile, it’s more difficult to book a ticket because of the summer vacation.
High Season: April to October
Low Season: November to the next March
Crowded Season: Late Jan. or early Feb. (Chinese Spring Festival);
first week of May (Labor Day);
first week of October (National Day)
Better to avoid these periods since the price for hotel and transportation may be higher and it’s crowded everywhere.
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Ciqikou Ancient Town, a famous historical and cultural street with a long history of more than 1,800 years, is a perfect place for you to taste all kinds of delicious local food in Chongqing. Most of the archetectures here are with a distinctive style from Ming and Qing Dynasty, you can walk on the stone paved street to experience splendid culture of Chongqing.
Dazu Rock Carvings is one of the best-preserved Buddhist grottoes in China, and one of the largest eight grottoes in the world, showing all the tourists the important change and development of the characteristic artistic style and exquisite carving techniques from Tang and Song Dynasty.
If you want to stay in Chongqing for a longer time as you have a flexible schedule, you can also visit other attractions like Hongya Cave, Three Gorges Museum, Huguang Guild Hall or Wulong Tiankeng Three Bridges.
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Fengdu Ghost City is known as the “Ghost City”, it is believed to be the hometown spirit of dead by Chinese people, with a splendid history of more than two thousand years. Being one of the most famous historical and cultural towns in China, Fengdu offers all the tourists a great chance to explore the mysterious oriental ghost culture, miraculous legend and magnificent natural landscapes.
White Emperor City, or Baidi City, is the best place to watch the entrance of Three Gorges. It is a well-known attraction along Yangtze River which is reputed as “Poem City”, for a lot of poems were written about it by many famous poets. Architectures here are mainly from Ming and Qing Dynasty, including Mingliang Palace, Wuhou Temple, Guanxing Pavilion, Stele Forest and so on.
Yangtze Three Gorges, with a length of 193 km extends from White Emperor City in Chongqing to the east to Yichang in Hubei Province, mainly consists of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, the perfect combination creates a magnificent picture of the nature beauty.
Except for the Three Gorges, you may also enjoy a great time among many other famous attractions along the Yangtze River, such as Small Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam, Shibaozhai, Zhangfei Temple and so on. One will never regret a tour along Yangtze River.
Three Gorges Dam
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Choose a route according to your travel schedule. If you have a tight schedule, downstream will be more suitable for you. If you have plenty of time and want to enjoy more leisure time along Yangtze River, choose upstream.
Yangtze River Upstream: sailing from east part such as Shanghai or Yichang to Chongqing, more time will be needed, usually 5 days between Yichang and Chongqing, 9 days between Shanghai and Chongqing.
Yangtze River Downstream: sailing from west part such as Chongqing to Shanghai or Yichang, usually 4 days between Chongqing and Yichang, 7 days between Chongqing and Shanghai.
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It’s a great choice to connect your Yangtze River Cruise with other hot destinations in China, in order to have a more wonderful experience in China. View tour details to get some inspiration for your Yangtze River tour plan, you can also tailor-made your personal tour here at Free Online Tailor-made Tour.
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Small Three Gorges
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The next step after you choose the route is to make a decision on a suitable ship. There are more than 20 ships sailing on the Yangtze River for both upstream and downstream. You can pick from ship series from Victoria Cruises, President Cruises, Century Cruises and Yangtze Gold Cruises, according to your budget and other requirements. Information below may help you make a decision more easily, please feel free to contact us if you’re confused about which ship to choose.
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It’s hard to choose a ship, so as the cabin. List your requirements first according to your budget, factors such as cabin price, cabin types, locations, cabin size and facilities can take into consideration. You may have a more comfortable trip in a suitable cabin, especially if you have children or seniors with you.
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