Cruising down the Yangtze River—the longest river in China and the third longest in the world after the Nile and the Amazon—offers the opportunity to slow down and experience the country’s rich history and culture at a more leisurely pace. Here are some options for coming aboard.
While it’s impossible to see all the sights of the Yangtze River in a single day, visitors pressed for time can get a taste of the river with a sightseeing cruise from Chongqing. A typical evening river cruise sails past the illuminated Hongyadong stilted houses and beneath the Chongqing Bridge, affording passengers a chance to see the massive metropolis illuminated by night.
Most Yangtze River visitors opt for multi-day cruise between Yichang and Chongqing. Cruise ships ply the river in both directions, with itineraries lasting anywhere from three to five nights. These comprehensive cruises offer the chance to pass through the Three Gorges, explore the Fengdu necropolis, ride a traditional sampan on Shennang Stream, and take an excursion through the Three Little Gorges, the largest tributary of the Yangtze River.