Highlights Along Yangzte River China

Calling all cruise lovers, especially those overseas Chinese and people addicted to Chinese culture and art! Take a deluxe Yangtze cruise to the most magic River in China for a lifetime trip to remember. You’ll see what’s on the horizon for this mysterious country. During the cruise, there will be delightful shore excursions taking you to some of China’s legendary cities and mysterious sights, which are the highlights along Yangzte River you should not miss.

Yangtze River

Yangtze River

Chongqing

Located in the upper reaches of Yangtze River, Chongqing is one of the regular starting points (at Chaotianmen docks) of Yangzte River Cruise. It is known as the “mountain city”, as it is surrounded by stretches of mountains and pretty river valleys. When touring in Chongqing, you should not miss Chiqikou Old Town, and the spectacular Buddhist Dazu Rock Carvings. Besides, spicy Chongqing cuisine is a must-try food in China. See: Yangtze River summer promotion for solo travelers and families with kids with the luxury 5-star M.S. Yangzi Explorer.

Chongqing

Chongqing

Mt. Huangshan

In the lower reaches of Yangtze River, Mt. Huangshan has long been well-known for its grotesque rocks, odd-shaped pine trees growing out of cliffs, fantasy sea of clouds, intoxicating sunrise and authentic hot springs. Mt. Huangshan is a UNESCO cultural and natural heritage site that offers year-round pleasure. See: Mt. Huangshan

Mt. Huangshan

Mt. Huangshan

Fengdu Ghost City

If you take a cruise on Yangtze River, you’ll encounter the legendary Fengdu ghost city. Fengdu got its reputation as the “Ghost City” in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220). It must be the oddest city in China – an entrance to hell. Everything here was designed as hell: a variety of ghost sculptures of different modeling, various punishing instruments and wild demon images, Odd, scary and interesting! See: Fengdu Ghost City

Fengdu Ghost City

Fengdu Ghost City

Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam is for you to be in close contact with China’s majestic modern engineering project. It is the major part of the Three Gorges Hydropower Station, which was completed in 2009, and claimed to be the world’s largest of its kind. See:Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam

Shibao Zhai Pagoda

Shibao Zhai Pagoda leans against the 220-meter-high Mt. Yunyin (Jade Seal Hill) on the north bank of Yangtze River and has been known as a gem of ancient Chinese architecture. It is an all-wood pagoda that measures 56 m high with a total of 12 floors. You’ll be dazzled by its odd-looking shape comprising of bright yellow entrance gate, mottled walls, and the layout of the halls. See: Shibao Zhai Pagoda

Shibao Zhai Pagoda

Shibao Zhai Pagoda

Shennong Stream

Located in Badong County, Hubei Province, Shennong Stream features breathtaking views on the north shore of Yangtze River and rises from the south slope of Mt. shennongjia – the highest peak in central China. The 60-km-long Shennong Stream resembles a huge dragon that sneaks through towering mountains and deep Valleys from south to north. Prepared to be seduced by deep blue lakes, marvelous waterfalls, thrilling plank roads on the Cliff, interesting Tujia minority culture, as well as amazing Karst caves.

Shennong Stream

Shennong Stream

What to Visit for a China Travel

Want to discover the unique charm of China? Then, what to visit for your China tour? China spans thousands of miles, from the deserts in the west to the ocean on the east. With a written history of over 5,000 years, China boasts rich cultural relics and historical sites. Moreover, its stunning landscape, dynamic metropolis and unique traditional lifestyle of different ethnic groups are also good reasons for tourists exploring the old-and-new land. So take a look at the guided information below, get your ideas in focus.

the Great Wall, Beijing

Fantastic Great Wall, Beijing

For History
Make an in-depth exploration of China’s rich history. Beijing, Xian, Luoyang and Nanjing used to be four great ancient capitals in Chinese history. With numerous historical sites and cultural relics, the four cities are the finest remainder of China’s imperial past. Besides these ancient prosperous metropolises, some small ancient towns like Pingyao, Lijiang, and Dali, give a fascinating glimpse into a real old-time world.

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Marvelous Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Top Attractions: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, Longmen Grottoes, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum

For Nature & Wildlife
Discover the most natural views of China on a tour dedicated to nature & wildlife. China is a vast country with stunning natural scenery – towering mountains, dense forests, boundless deserts, and turbulent or quiet rivers. Not just a sightseeing tour! There also are many interesting activities as well – mountain climbing, river cruise, hiking, horse riding, biking, and bamboo rafting, etc. Also, it offers a good opportunity to get close to wildlife, a most famous one – the lovely giant panda in Chengdu.

Yangshuo Bamboo Rafting, Guilin

Yangshuo Bamboo Rafting along Yulong River in Guilin

Top attractions: Yellow Mountain, Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

For Lifestyle
Urban life in China is much different from rural life. Most cities, like Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, present a diverse mixture of Chinese and Western culture. But, what about the rest of the land? The water towns – Wuzhen andZhouzhuang, feature ancient buildings, stone bridges, and waterways; Hakka people in Fujian province, live in their aged houses – Tulou; And, in some area of Guangxi province, the Zhuang and Yao village high up in the mountains surrounded by spectacular Longji Rice Terraces.

Wuzhen Water Town, Hangzhou

Charming Wuzhen Water Town

Top attractions: Wuzhen, Zhouzhuang, Tulou of Hakka, Longji Rice Terrace

For Religion
Along with history, Buddhism, Taoism, Islamic and other religions in China has exerted great influence on social life, architecture, literature and many other parts. Many religion-related sites are left along history and become sacred destination of pilgrim, from Potala Palace in Lhasa, Dunhuang‘s Mogao Grottos, Buddhist Mount Emei  to Taoist Mt. Qingcheng nearby Chengdu… Combined with beautiful natural surroundings, these sacred places of worship have become popular travel destinations.

Lhasa, Tibet

Tibetan pilgrim at Barkhor Street in Lhasa

Top attractions: Potala Palace, Mogao Grottos, Mount Emei

Yangtze Cruise
Cruising the Yangtze would put you afloat on China’s mightiest river – and the world’s third longest only after Nile and Amazon. The 6,418km Yangtze River surges past some of China’s greatest cities: Chongqing, Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai. And, the most impressive section of the river is the Three Gorges (or Sanxia): the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge. The Yangtze Three Gorges, with a full length of 193km, converges the essence of natural scenery along the Yangtze River.

Shibaozhai, Yangtze Cruise

Shibaozhai along Yangtze River

Top attractions for Yangtze Cruise: Fengdu Ghost City, Shibaozhai, Three Gorges Dam