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Yangtze River

Coursing a distance of almost 4,000 miles, the mighty Yangtze River is the third-longest river in the world and home to more than 300 million people. To see this mighty river is a thrill in itself, but to feel the power and majesty of China's greatest river aboard a cruise ship is an unforgettable experience. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. As the ship passes through deep valleys of lush green hills and narrow canyons with sheer rock cliffs on either side, passengers become lost in a timelessness that has escaped the rest of the world. A cruise down the Yangtze River is an excellent way to see a

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large area of China in a short time. From spring through fall, dozens of comfortable cruise ships sail the waters of the Yangtze. Tours usually dock overnight at towns and villages along the way so that passengers will not miss any of the magnificent scenery. They also arrange the passengers to disembark and have ashore excursion to a small river town for a few hours.

Although there are many cruising options between towns, many travelers prefer for the voyage between Chongqing and Wuhan. This cruise is a memorable 850-mile trip that takes 4 days and 3 nights sailing downstream, or 5 days and 4 nights cruising upstream from Wuhan, passing through the rugged and majestic section of the famous Three Gorges. Visitors often comment that they will never forget its breathtaking beauty. Qutang, Wu, and Xiling gorges are also popular sections that traverse several narrow and meandering passages, passing mist-laden canyons with an occasional pagoda perched on the side of a cliff with calligraphy carved out of a sheer rock face. Another scenic side trip takes visitors on a smaller boat through the Three Little Gorges of the Daning River (or Shennongxi Stream), a tributary of the Yangtze. Shore excursions to the ancient towns of Wanxian, Shibaozhai, Fengdu, Yichang, and Jingzhou reveal both the richness of local history and the colorful life along the mighty Yangtze.

Three Gorges

Qutang Gorge

Qutang Gorge, Known for its magnificence, is only 8 kilometers long with many scenic spots such as, the Meng Liang Staircase, the Ancient Plank Road, the Kui Gate, the Seven Gate Cave, the Bellows Gorge, and the Gorge of Rhinoceros Watching the Moon.

Wu Gorge

Wu Gorge, 44 kilometers long, is known for its deep valley and quiet beauty. The "Twelve Peaks" lined along the banks of Wu Gorge, have been admired by visitors from all over the world. It is said that if you look carefully, a silhouette of a goddess can be seen at the top of Goddess Peak.

Xiling Gorge

Xiling Gorge, extending 66 kilometers in length is composed of many scenic spots such as, "Military Manual and Precious Sword Gorge", "Ox's Liver and Horse's Lung Gorge", "Kongling Shoal" and "Shadow-play Gorge". Among the cultural relics in the gorge are "Huangling Temple" and the "Three Travelers Cave"

Lesser Three Gorges

Wushan County, is located about 485kms from Chongqing, where the Danning River meets the Yangtze. Lesser Three Gorges are three sections of Wushan valleys in mid-stream of Danning River. They are "Dragon-Gate Gorge", "Misty Gorge" and "Emerald Gorge", 60 Km in length. The Gorges are famous for crystal clear rapids and sky scraping cliffs. A motor launch tour reveals great rustic beauty, local farming and, with luck, a glimpse of wild monkeys.

Shennong Stream (Badong county)

Shennong Stream starts at Mt. Shennongjia in Hubei Province north of the Yangtze. It comprises of Parrot Gorge and Dragon Boot Gorge with breathtaking scenery. Sailing through the treacherous gorges with lush pine and translucent water, visitors can see spectacular sights like ancient plank roads, ancient suspension coffins, aqueous caves, rainbow fountain and wild lives. It is also perfect to experience the cultural of Tujia minority. Visiting Shennong stream on a "pea boat" is a sensational experience.

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