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Yangtze River Cruise Attractions and Shore Excursions

Yangtze River is the longest river in China, about 6300-kilometer long, just behind Nile and Amazon river. The Yangtze river is normally divided into three parts: upstream, midstream and downstream. The first part - the upstream area is from the origin to Yichang, Hubei province; the second part - the midstream area is from Yichang to Jiujiang, Jiangxi province; the last part - the downstream area is from Jiujiang to the East China Sea ( entering the East Sea at Shanghai). Yangtze River cruise mainly refers to the cruise through the Three Gorges that are situated between Chongqing and Yichang in the upstream area. The Three Gorges are Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, from upstream to downstream, which are the most beautiful section of the Yangtze River. Some cruises start from Wuhan to Chongqing or Chongqing to Wuhan. Some even start from Shanghai to Wuhan or Wuhan to Shanghai. But most travelers prefer the golden part of the Yangtze river - between Chongqing and Yichang.

While you cruise on the Yangtze River, it doesn't mean you have to be on the ship from the beginning to the end. You have the chance to get on shore and have shore excursions as well. Each day you are arranged to to take at least one shore excursion when you sail along the Yangtze Rive. The shore excursioon of the three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam is a must. The shore excursions also cover the shore excursion to "Ghost City"-- Fengdu County, or Wanzhou or Shibaozhai; the shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream etc.
Remark : all the shore excusions are subject to change and will be finalised according to the weather or the real water condition during that time.


chongqingSituated in the southwestern of China on the upper reaches of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River, Chongqing is fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin in China. Chongqing Municipality is the largest industrial and commercial center in the southwest of China. Chongqing has been regarded as a "mountain city" with more than 3,000 years history because of its buildings on hillsides and mountains surrounding the city. The climate in Chongqing is often cloudy and misty. As a result, it is also called "the fog city". There are numerous ethnic groups residing in Chongqing, they are Miao, Han and Tibetan. Chongqing is the best point to start a boat excursion and tour the world-famous Three Gorges on the Changjiang River.

Fengdu is a tourist attraction on the northern bank of the Yangtse River 170 km from the east of Chongqing. Fungdu is famous for its "Ghost City" well known in China. It is a must- shore excursion site on the Yangtze cruise. In Fengdu, many historical sites are linked with the ghost culture. Fengdu’s ghost culture has attracted a large number of tourists, which has topped more than 1 million a year.

Shibaozhai, Literally means Stone Treasure Fortress, Located in ZhongCounty,at the south bank of the Yangtze River, 278 km away fromChongqing,One of the Yangtze"s spectacular sites, a 12-storey wooden pagoda built against the side of a sheer rectangular cliff, is truly a magnificent structure. Over 400 years old, it has appropriately been named the "Pearl of the Yangtze".

Wanxian is a district of Chongqing Municipality of China. The city got its present name starting from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The city is known as the Gateway to East Sichuan. It is on the upper reaches of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River, is 228 km away from downtown Chongqing. Due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, 47% of Wanxian"s old urban area will be underwater by the time the reservoir is filled. Buildings in the submerged area have been turn down and new ones rebuilt on higher ground..

Lesser Three GorgesLesser Three Gorges:
The Lesser Three Gorges is one of the exciting and famous stops in the Yangtze Three Gorges. It is often called the "highlight" of the cruise, even the whole China trip. It always refers to the three separate valleys of the Daning River, namely "Dragon-Gate Gorge", "Misty Gorge" and "Dicui (Emerald) Gorge".

Shennong Stream Shennong Stream:
Shennong Stream is located in Badong County, Hubei Province and is part of the Shennongjia Natural Preserve. The length of the stream is 60 km (36 miles). The Shennong Stream is a tributary with clear water coming into the Yangtse River. The "stream" runs through steep tributary gorges. It was said that once the ancient asian Bahu people used to live on the sides of the streams thousands of years ago.

Three GorgesThree Gorges:
The most impressive section of the Yangtze River is the three Yangtze River gorges: the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge, collectively known as the "Sanxia". The Yangtze River ( or called "Changjiang" in Chinese ) is over 6,300 kilometers long, the largest and longest river in China, also the third longest in the world, next just to the Nile in northeast Africa and the Amazon in South America. The Three Gorges have showed the magic workings of nature with their marvelous and beautiful mountains and waters.

Three Gorges Dam ProjectThe Three Gorges Dam:
Three Gorges Dam is a Chinese hydroelectric river dam which spans the Yangtze River in Sandouping, Yichang, Hubei province, China. As of 2008, it is the largest hydropower-complex project in the world, more than five times the size of the Hoover Dam. China has embarked on the greatest project since the building of the Great Wall and the Grand Canal -- the Three Gorges Dam project. This project will cost more than in fact any other single construction project in human history. Construction started in 1994 and is planned for completion by 2009. Construction on the dam itself was finished in May 2006.

Yichang City is located at the west of China"s Hubei Province, covers 21,084 km2, on the the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Due to its good geographic location, Yichang has been regared as a dispatching center, an important trading port and a transportation hub along the Yangtze river connecting west Hubei and east Sichuan from early times. It is said to be as "Gateway to the Three Gorges", and "Throat between Sichuan and Hubei". Today, Yichang remains a brisk river port of China, among Chongqing, Wuhan and Shanghai.

Shashi (Jingzhou):
Jingzhou ( Shashi )Jingzhou is a city in the Hubei province of the China, on the banks of the Yangtze River. The ancient city lies about 240km west of Wuhan and is part of the port of Shashi. Jingzhou is a medium-size city in Hubei province on the road between Yichang and Wuhan. It is situated in the middle reaches of the Chang Jiang, a strategic place of military importance since ancient times. In 689 BC, the Kingdom of Chu moved its capital here to the city which has long disappeared. It is said that the ancient city walls were built by Guan Yu. Actually the present city walls were built in 1644. They circle the ancient city for 10km and are 8 meters high, 10 meters thick with 6 city gates.

WuhanWuhan, the capital of the Hubei province, a modern metropolis with unlimited possibilities, situated in the heart of China. It is a place where Yangtze River and the Han River joins. Since 1927 Wuhan has comprised of three cities, Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang, which are located where the Han and Xunshi rivers join the Yangtze (Chan Jiang). Because of its hot summer weather, Wuhan is known as one of the "Three Furnaces" of China, along with Nanjing and Chongqing. Wuhan is by far the hottest of the Three Furnaces. A 2400 year-old tomb excavated at Wuhan contained many musical instruments, including a magnificent collection of bells. The musical instruments are now at the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan. Wuhan is an energetic city, a commercial centre of finance, industry trade and science with many international companies placed here. With scientific, technological and educational institutions such as Laser City and the Wuhan University the city is also an intellectual centre.

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