River Tours by China Connection Tours
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The Yangtze River is the
longest river in China, snaking its way 6,300 kilometers from western China's
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the East China Sea. For over two centuries the
Yangtze River has served as a transportation highway and commercial thoroughfare.
Nowadays, the Yangtze River has attracted millions of tourists from home
and abroad for the visit and has become one of the most popular china tours.
For those who would like to cruise along the Yangtze River, below are some
tips for your reference:
Climate & Clothing
The climate of the Three
Gorges region is within the sub-tropical climate area of Central Asia.
The annual temperature averages 18.4°C (65.1°F) with a range from
the coldest month in January being 7.1°C (44.8°F) to the hottest
month in July being 29.3°C (84.7°F). The best tour time is from
April through October. Winds in the gorges area are relatively strong with
fixed wind directions from either the east or west. In the winter time,
due to the low water level, only a few of cruises are in business.
As for the clothing, the
light sweater, jacket, or water-proof coat is highly recommended when you
cruise the Yangtze River in spring and fall. In the summer time, the sunglasses,
suntan oil and sandals are necessary. Besides, a pair of comfortable walking
shoes is a must all the time.
The cruise has its scheduled
timetable with fixed shore excursions for two to three hours every day.
Since from the day you board the cruise, you will receive the detailed
timetable list for the next day every evening.
The excursions activities
range from Shennong Stream Drifting, Three Gorges Dam Sightseeing, Shibaozhai
Wooden Pagoda to Baidi Temple, Wanzhou County, etc. Except that Three Gorges
Dam is always included in the schedule, all the others depend on the water
level at that time and arrangement of the cruise company. Besides, some
cruises offer the optional shore excursions activities for sightseeing,
shopping and outdoor sports, etc.
When you are on board, you
have chance to learn about Chinese culture besides of viewing the scenery.
The cruise will prepare some theme topics on Chinese culture, such as Chinese
painting &calligraphy, Chinese reflexology, Three Gorges Dam Project,
etc. Sometimes Chinese Mahjong class is included. It provides you a good
chance to get to know Chinese culture and make some new friends.
There are recreation rooms
for Chinese chess, Mahjong, library room, gym room, the ball and café
bars available on board. If you are early bird, you can follow the master
to practice Taiji on the sundeck in the morning. The three-star and up
cruises will hold the welcome and farewell party to entertain the guests.
Also you will be invited to take part in the programs and show you talents.
When you are on board, three
meals are included. Most of the cruises offer buffet breakfast in both
Chinese & western style and Chinese table lunch & dinner. Coffee
and tea are available. And the alcohol drinks are charged. Catering times
are announced on the public address system. All the tables are fixed for
the convenience of the service.
Below is a Classic Yangtze
River Tours Schedule for your reference.
Day 01 Shanghai Arrival
Day 02 Shanghai
Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum,
the Bund, Nanjing Road
Day 03 Shanghai / Suzhou
Day 04 Shanghai / Yichang
Fly from Shanghai to Yichang.
Board the Yangtze River Cruise in the late afternoon.
Day 05 Yangtze River Cruise
Today the cruise will stop
at San Duo Ping and sail through the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the famed
Three Gorges. After lunch, you will enjoy a shore excursion at the splendid
Three Gorges Dam Project.
Day 06 Yangtze River Cruise
This morning, you will pass
through the west part of Xiling Gorges. After a shore excursion at Shennong
Stream, you will pass through the Wu Gorge and visit the fascinating peaks
and rocks along the Wu Mountains. Then pass through Qutang Gorge, which
is framed by steep cliffs, with overhanging mountains on the two sides.
Day 07 Yangtze River Cruise
Today's highlight is a shore
excursion to Shibaozhai, the magnificent 12-story wooden pagoda which was
built against a protruding 220-meter rectangular rock with sheer cliffs
on the north bank.
Day 08 Chongqing / Beijing
Morning cruise will bring
you to the mountain city of Chongqing where you will disembark. Fly to
Day 09 Beijing
Tian An Men Square,Forbidden
City, the Temple of Heaven, Beijing Olympic Stadium
Day 10 Beijing
Gongwangfu Garden, Hutong
Day 11 Beijing
Great Wall, the Ming Emperors'
Day 12 Beijing