Yangtze River DownStream Cruise
Chongqing-Yichang Yangtze River
4-day Cruise Tour
• 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
• A Yangtze River Cruise will take you through
the center of China, while giving you the
opportunity to see some of the most spectacular
• 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.
Standard Tour Package
L=lunch; D=dinner Departure:
|| Tour code:
|| Arive in Chongqing (D)
You will fly to Chongqing, where you
will begin your Yangtze River cruise.
Upon arrival in Chongqing you’ll be met
at the airport at your guide, and you’ll
be taken to the cruise ship. You will
have a welcoming dinner on the cruise
ship, and you will spend your night on
the ship. You’ll have the rest of the
night to walk around the ship.
|| Chongqing-Fengdu (B, L, D)
At 8:00am you’re your ship will depart
from the harbor, and your cruise down
the mighty Yangtze River will begin.
Yangtze cruise ships travel slowly for
passengers to enjoy the beautiful
scenery. Broadcasts from the ship’s PA
system transmits information on shore
excursions or from guest lecturers to
your cabin, ensure that you will not
miss a chance to see any special
scenery; even if you are relaxing in
After breakfast on the ship you’ll take
a visit onshore in order to visit the
Ghost City of Fengdu County. It used to
be a burial area with scores of temples
and shrines and a small ancient town.
Due to the construction of the 3 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 large burial and temple
area. The area above the “Door of Hell”
remains. It is interesting that 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.
You can spend the rest of the day
enjoying the scenery from the cruise
ship, and in the evening a dinner will
be held aboard the cruise ship.
|| 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, so as to be one
of the highlights of the Yangtze Three
Gorges cruise, and almost all cruise
ships stop here for a shore excursion.
You will take a small junk boat from the
cruise ship in Badong to Shennong
Stream. Shennong Stream is a tributary
of the Yangtze River, and its
fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs
southwards through deep gorges. The
stream races past large and small karst
caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs,
deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored
springs, rapids, the ancient plank path,
a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups
of ancient tombs and marvelous karst
formations. There are displays of
Chinese art and of artifacts saved from
the construction of the 3 Gorges Dam and
the artificial lake. It instructs on the
3 Gorges region, the 3 Gorges Dam, the
history of Chongqing and the surrounding
area, Chinese history, and prehistoric
You’ll also sail into the western
section of Xiling Gorge, the longest of
the Three Gorges (at 66 kilometers,
compared to Wu Gorge at 44 kilometers
and Qutang Gorge at 8 kilometers).
Xiling Gorge was renowned for its
winding waterway that suddenly narrowed
into treacherous rapids or skirted over
dangerous shoals. In spite of the risks
(Xiling Gorge was dubbed as a "death
passage"). Ships were compelled to pass
through its waters regularly, as there
was little alternative. It was also for
this reason, among many others, that the
Three Gorges Dam project was justified.
It has turned what was once a "death
passage", where many ships went aground,
and some even completely destroyed, into
a gent waterway whose surface today more
fittingly be compared to the placid
waters of a lake. Xiling Gorge is the
last of the Three Gorges as one sails
down from this stretch of the Yangtze,
and it marks the end of the narrow,
twisting and turning corridor that has
been so treacherous in the past.
In the evening, various shows and
performances will be held in the cruise
ship. These include costume shows, magic
shows, traditional Sichuan Opera, and
magical Mask Changing.
|| Three Gorges Dam-Yichang (B)
In the morning you will arrive at the
enormous Three Gorges Dam. Construction
was begun in the 80's, and was completed
in 2008. It backs up the Yangtze River
for 550km, making it 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
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. It is 2,335 meters wide on the
top, and 130 meters wide at the bottom.
The views from the top of the dam are
stunning, so don’t forget to bring your
You will then arrive in Yichang, where
you will be met and taken to the airport
by your guide. You will fly on to your
next destination, ending your tour.
between airport and cruise.
2.Five star hotel and deluxe cruise ticket.
3.Cruise shore excursions.
4.Flight tickets from Beijing/Xi’an/Chongqing/Yichang/Shanghai.
5.The admission of the first gate.
6.Beijing roast duck dinner and a Beijing Opera show, Shanghai Acrobatic
Show, dumpling dinner and Tang Dancing show in Xi’an.
7.Professional local guide.
8.Meals indicated in the itineraries.
1.Tips to the guide