Yangtze River 江长 Travel Guide
Yangtze River Overview
The Yangtze is Asia’s longest river and the third longest in the world. A cruise along part of it offers the spectacular Three Gorges whose sheer height seems little effected by the rising waters of the dam of the same name. The dam itself seems almost as monumental and passing through it’s great locks has become an unforgettable part of any Yangtze river cruise. There are several stops along the river route to visit historical sights all in all making this one of China’s premiere attractions.
Best Months to Visit the Yangtze River
Best Reason to Visit the Yangtze River
The shore excursions are what make the trip with good contrast between ancient temples, relaxing river trips up tributaries and the awesome might of the Three Gorges Dam project.
Top Attractions along the Yangtze River
Chongqing is the start of the trip and worth a quick look to see what is claimed to be the world’s largest city, population 33 million and counting! Fengdu Ghost City, reputedly where the devil lives and a common shore excursion on a river cruise. Shennong Stream takes you off the main river and up a quiet tributary flanked by lushly vegetated cliffs where you may spot traditional suspended coffins. The Three Gorges Dam project is the world’s largest and perhaps most controversial but at the same time a breathtaking sight. Cruising through the 5 giant locks has added a modern twist to this timeless cruise.
Weather Averages along the Yangtze River
Our Top Yangtze River Travel Tip
The most popular route along the Yangtze River is heading downstream from Chongqing to Yichang taking 3 nights and 4 days. However, it is possible to take this trip in reverse as well as take the less frequent 7 night trip from Chongqing all the way to Shanghai.
Yangtze River Accommodation
As a rule we only book 5* cruise ships along the Yangtze to that the very best possible standards of accommodation, food and guides are part of your experience of this once in a lifetime journey. Ask us what we think are the best ships in operation at the time of your trip.
By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.