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Downstream (Chongqing to Yichang) and upstream (Yichang to Chongqing) are two regular routes of Yangtze River Cruise which are flexible to choose according to your schedule and preference; both routes are conducted by the famous 5 Star Cruise Ships, including Century Cruises, President Cruises, Victoria Cruises and Yangtze Gold Cruises.
The biggest difference between the two routes is duration; while, with similar shore excursions, both routes could bring you an impressive and wonderful experience of Yangtze River Cruise.
The downstream cruise takes 3 nights and 4 days. The comparatively short duration makes it popular among travelers.
For upstream, the cruise needs 4 nights and 5 days, leaving travelers more time to take photos and learn about Yangtze River from guide.
The cruises downstream will set out on the first evening, and travelers are required to board on the ship before 9:30 p.m. in case of missing the cruise. And it is necessary to leave enough time for transferring to the port, making sure boarding on the cruise in advance.
For upstream route, travelers need to board on the cruise on the first evening as well. As it will not depart from the port until the second morning, you are left with comparatively ample time to make a transfer to the port; while it is advised no later than 22:00.
Shore excursion is an essential part of Yangtze River cruise, feasting travelers with natural scenery, cultural landscape, and historical traces. For both downstream and upstream route, travelers have a chance to visit Three Gorges Dam, disembark at Fengdu Ghost City or Shibao Village, and take a small boat admiring Shennv Stream, Shengnong Stream, or Lesser Three Gorges (Note: it varies according to weather and navigation conditions). The difference of shore excursion between downstream and upstream is simply sightseeing order and optional attractions of certain cruise company, say Century Cruises.
Transport system in both Yichang and Chongqing is well developed, consisting of airport with direct flights and railway station with high-speed trains; so no matter downstream or upstream, travelers could enjoy convenient transit to next destination.
For downstream route, the cruise stops at terminal city Yichang of Hubei province which is equipped with Yichang Sanxia Airport (IATA Code: YIH), operating direct flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Guiyang, Kunming, Lijiang, etc. Yichang also established high-speed train station (Yichangdong Railway Station 宜昌东) with G-trains or D-trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou, etc.
Upstream cruise arrive in Chongqing finally. It is easy to transfer to major domestic and international cities in Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (IATA Code: CKG), where operates direct flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Hangzhou, as well as Bangkok, Tokyo, Sydney, etc. Chengdu is a popular travel destination near Chongqing and could be easily arrived within 2 hours by taking a high speed train.
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