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The Yangtze River, the third largest river in the world, boasts stunning natural beauty and cultural treasures to fill the trip of a lifetime. By steering away from the traditional land-based tours, a cruise on the Yangtze River offers a perfect alternative to reach deep in the heart of China and explore its splendor with a fantastic combination of fabled landscapes, culturally-enriching experience and most importantly, the convenience of a luxury cruise.
A Yangtze River cruise has kept people around the world yearning and anticipating. Here are the most coveted highlights that one will expect from this epic cruise travel.
The Three Gorges is the most scenic section of the Yangtze River, and also the natural highlight of a Yangtze cruise experience.
Stretching majestically for 193 kilometers between Chongqing and Yichang, it captures people with unrivaled beauty each of its gorges unfolds. Qutang Gorge is the shortest one, but full of grander with its towering mountains, turbulent waters and narrow watercourse. Wu Gorge reveals more tranquility and elegance. The fantastic peculiar peaks banking the winding waterway make up a breathtaking art gallery. Xiling Gorge is historically known for numerous shoals, rapids and rugged rocks; its dramatic scenery of steep precipices towering above the torrential rivers has inspired myriad ancient Chinese poets.
With splendid mountains and landscape passing by along the way, one will just feel like just drifting in a beautiful Chinese landscape painting.
A cruise on the Yangtze River is more than a feast for the eyes. Along the mighty river is scattered with many historical relics, temples, villages, ancient paths as well as off-the-beaten-path attractions, offering a number of thrilling excursions to explore up-close the incredible scenery, rich culture and local life unique to the Yangtze River.
The world’s famed Three Gorges Dam is a must-stop on all Yangtze River cruises, where you can marvel at this gigantic engineering feat from different perspectives and enjoy beautiful surrounding landscape.
It would be a wonderful experience to hop on a small sampan boat venturing into the Shennong Stream, Shennv Stream, or Lesser Three Gorges (depending on different cruises), featuring enchanting scenery of emerald waters, peculiar peaks, karst caves, rushing waterfalls and wildlife along the shores.
Guided onshore excursions to Shibaozhai, Fengdu Ghost City or White Emperor City allow you to interact with local culture and history. And there are more adventures in optional tours to discover even more of the magnificent Yangtze.
One will never feel bored when staying on the cruise for there is plenty of activities to keep you entertained and complement your unforgettable experiences ashore.
Along the journey, guests are invited to attend interactive onboard programs highlighting the rich Chinese culture, like Captain's Welcome/Farewell Party, Tai Chi lesson, Tea Ceremony, calligraphy demonstration, Culture Lectures, dumpling wrapping, etc. There are also diverse leisure facilities to suit all tastes, like rejuvenating your spirits in the fitness center, playing cards in the card room, having a drink in the lounge bar, relaxing your body in sauna and massage rooms, or just unwinding in your outfitted stateroom. Culturally focused music performances and evening entertainments further enhance and enrich your stay experience there.
Note: Onboard activities and amenities are subject to vary by different ships.
Tired of hopping in and out of the coaches or racking your trains trying to find best local food on your trip? The Yangtze River cruise bundles up exquisite dining, comfy lodging, enriching shore excursions, onboard entertainments as well as hassle-free transportation, making it ideal for just relaxing and having fun.
Sailing on the river, you may lie down on the sun deck breathing in the fresh air, drink a cup of coffee in your private balcony gazing on beautiful passing scenery, or refresh yourself in lovely lounges, cafes and massage rooms. All the 5-star luxury Yangtze cruises boasts outfitted cabins and high-end facilities, where you can indulge in the kind of comfort and style parallel those of the best 5-sart hotels.
Intrigued? Read about how to plan a Yangtze River Cruise for more inpirations for your voyage.
Tours combining Yangtze River cruise with other classic Chinese destinations are also popular choice to travel in China, including:
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