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The world’s great rivers are the major artery of a country, bisecting its soul. The Mississippi River is that river in the United States, in Southeast Asia it’s the Mekong River, while in China, it’s the Yangtze.  At 3,900-plus miles, the Yangtze River is the world’s third longest.  It’s not surprising then, that China river cruises are a popular add-on to a China vacation for many travelers. China is a monumental stage showcasing modern miracles, and the Yangtze its lifeblood.

Operating from March through November, Yangtze River cruise itineraries are usually four nights upstream or three nights downstream, or a one-week long roundtrip cruise, visiting towns enroute as well as some of China's spectacular landscapes. The peak months to enjoy a China cruise are April, May, September and October. There are many boats cruising the Yangtze, and it's important to select one that's appropriately comfortable.
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Cruising the Yangtze provides glimpses of some of China’s stunning landscapes, as well as insights into the challenges of modernization. Certainly it’s the best way to visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest dam project in the world, the Ghost City of Fengdu, or the 400-year-old 12-storey wooden pagoda in Shibaozhai. Enjoy enriching special themed meals and inspirational cultural performances, and as on most river cruises, shore excursions are included in the price.

There’s a wide range of choice in China river cruise ships, with several having been built in recent years and offering more conveniences like Wi-Fi, luxury bedding and full shower tubs. The newest ships feature balconies and elevators that connect several decks.  Some ships offer suites with sitting areas and larger bathrooms for those desiring more space and comfort. The overall quality and service standards vary.

The staff onboard Yangtze River cruises are Chinese, and the cuisine is usually a mix of Western and Chinese far, with buffet breakfasts and lunches, and sit-down dinner service. While not ashore, guests might enjoy a massage or acupuncture treatment, a lecture on Chinese history or culture, or a performance or talent show. Unless your ship is fully chartered by a tour company catering to western guests, you may be on a cruise with both western and Asian travelers.

Our river cruise experts can help you with your selection and make the necessary arrangements. Search for our current Asia offers above, or contact us to arrange your China vacation.

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