• Taking a Yangtze cruise is a popular way to discover China. There is an old saying: "on a slow boat to China." Why not relax on a slow boat in China, on the beautiful Yangtze River.
• A Yangtze River Cruise will take you through the center of China while allowing you to see some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.
• There are several impressive guided shore excursions on offer during a Yangtze cruise, including such classic attractions as the Three Gorges Dam, and the Fengdu Ghost City.
You will be on the largest and finest ship - the only American managed cruise company sailing on the Yangtze who has a real understanding of great customer service. All ship crew members speak English and Chinese (and the manager speaks German, too).
Day 1: Arrive in Chongqing
When you fly into Chongqing, our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the cruise ship. You will get to enjoy a lovely dinner to welcome you onto the boat! Then spend the night on the ship.
Day 2: Chongqing-Fengdu Ghost City (B, L, D)
Your ship will depart from the harbor at approx. 8 am. You get to view the Yangtze River. Yangtze cruise ships travel slowly for passengers to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
After breakfast on the ship, you'll take a visit inland to visit the Ghost City of Fengdu County. The Gorges Dam, the ghostly city is underwater. However, a hill and dozens of temples remain in the big artificial lake behind the dam. So that part can still be visited. It is a significant burial and temple area. The area above the "Door of Hell" remains. Interestingly, the Chinese have traditional conceptions of hell that are somewhat similar to Western ideas. At the site, people can see statues and frescoes about hell with brightly painted images of demons and other eerie items.
In the evening time you will get to enjoy a lovely dinner on board.
Day 3: Badong-Xiling Gorge (B, L, D)
Today on your cruise, you will be visiting Badong county, a bright pearl inlaid along the corridor of the Splendid Yangtze River, to be one of the highlights of the Yangtze Three Gorges cruise, and almost all cruise ships stop here for a shore excursion. We won't explain in detail what this excursion entails as the wait is worth it.
You will also sail into the western section of Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. Xiling Gorge was renowned for its winding waterways. Despite the risks, Xiling Gorge was dubbed as a "death passage." Ships had no choice but to pass through its waters. It was once knowns as "Death passage" due to the many ships that were destroyed.
In the evening time there will be many fabulous shows and performances on the ship for your entertainment.
Day 4: Three Gorges Dam-Yichang (B)
After you wake up to a lovely breakfast we make our way to the Three Gorges Dam. It is the world's largest dam. Due to the fact that the water rises to a level of 185m behind the dam, millions of people have had to be resettled, bridges moved and historical relicts secured. The energy production capabilities of the dam are estimated at 84.7 billion kilowatts, equivalent to 18 nuclear reactors. The three single stage locks guarantee that ship traffic is not delayed.
The Three gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project undertaken by man, and various Chinese officials have dreamed about the project for hundreds of years. The views from the top of the dam are stunning, take a few snaps for memories!
You will then arrive in Yichang, from here we take you to the airport or train station.
The video shows the moment Victoria Jenna is passing Qutangxia Gorge, the first and the narrowest gorge of the Yangtze River at noon of the second day.
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