Yichang- Chongqing Yangtze River Up-Stream 5 days Tour
- This is the only Great Wall Advenutre Club Yangtze River Cruise that goes upstream instead of downstream, therefore giving you a unique perspective on one of the world’s longest and most important rivers.
- You will visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest dam, and a project that has been dreamed about since the days of dynastic kingdoms.
- You will go on some great onshore excursions, like a trip to Shennong Stream, a beautiful scenic spot that is composed of 4 gorges, and to the city of Wanxian, which is one of the most important and largest ports on the Yangtze. It is widely known for its variety and hustling markets.
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Day 1 arrive in Yichang (D)
You will fly to Yichang, a lively, sprawling, modern-day city on the banks of the Yangtze River in Hubei Province. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by your local guide. From the airport you will be taken to your cruise ship. If we have time, we will pay a visit to the Chinese Sturgeon Museum, which is dedicated to the preservation of rare fishes living in the Yangtze River. The museum displays all the life-cycle stages of the Chinese sturgeon, as well as 10 different species of sturgeon from around the world.
After a dinner of local cuisine, you will board the deluxe cruise ship, and you can spend your night exploring the ship, as your cruise starts tomorrow morning
Day 2 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
In the morning, the cruise ship will depart, thus marking the beginning of your Yangtze River cruise. Yangtze cruise ships travel slowly for passengers to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Broadcasts from the ship’s PA system transmits information on shore excursions or from guest lecturers to your cabin, ensure that you will not miss a chance to see any special scenery; even if you are relaxing in your cabin.
Early on in your cruise, you will arrive at the enormous Three Gorges Dam. Construction was begun in the 80's, and was completed in 2008. It backs up the Yangtze River for 550km, making it the world's largest dam. Due to the fact that the water rises to a level of 185m behind the dam, millions of people have had to be resettled, bridges moved and historical relicts secured. The energy production capabilities of the dam are estimated at 84.7 billion kilowatts, equivalent to 18 nuclear reactors. The three single stage locks guarantee that ship traffic is not delayed.
The Three gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project undertaken by man, and various Chinese officials have dreamed about the project for hundreds of years. It is 2,335 meters wide on the top, and 130 meters wide at the bottom. The views from the top of the dam are stunning, so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Day 3 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Today on your cruise you will be visiting Badong county, a bright pearl inlaid along the corridor of the Splendid Yangtze River, so as to be one of the highlights of the Yangtze Three Gorges cruise, and almost all cruise ships stop here for a shore excursion.
You will take a small junk boat from the cruise ship in Badong to Shennong Stream. Shennong Stream is a tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations. There are displays of Chinese art and of artifacts saved from the construction of the Three Gorges Dam and the artificial lake. It instructs on the Three Gorges region, the Three Gorges Dam, the history of Chongqing and the surrounding area, Chinese history, and prehistoric times.
In the evening, various shows and performances will be held in the cruise ship. These include costume shows, magic shows, traditional Sichuan Opera, and magical Mask Changing.
Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Today features another exciting onshore excursion, as you will visit the town of Wanxian. Located at the northern bank of the upper reaches of Yangtze River, Wanxian City has a history of over 1,500 years. The city is named Wanxian because tens of thousands of merchants gathered here to conduct business in the distant past. The scenery in Wanxian is marvelous. The Bell Tower built in 1930 in Xishan Park (West Hill Park) in the Chinese traditional architecture style is worth your visit.
In Wanxian you will be able to visit the famous Wanxian rattan and cane market that is held on the road of Shengli Lu. Buyers and sellers mingle in a frenzy of bargaining for handmade summer bed mats, fans, hats, straw shoes, furniture and basketry. Small, round, red- trimmed baskets with lids are the most popular item and are well known throughout China. Roadside stalls trade in spicy noodles and cooling, opaque soyabean jelly and fresh fruit. ln the mornings, just a little further west of the night market area, one of the city's ten free markets sells local produce and seasonal delicacies such as mountain mushrooms or live eels. Second Street (Er Malu) is the main shopping thoroughfare.
You will also get to see a performance of the Three Gorges Acrobatic Troupe. Here is one person’s description:
“The lights dimmed and the performance began with a bang. First, a young man on a unicycle performed ... moving, turning, stopping abruptly, jumping ... all as if the unicycle were simply an extension of his own legs. A young lady, a contortionist, bent her body and limbs in ways we wouldn't have thought possible. Another young lady balanced five stacks of fine glassware ... one on each hand, one on each foot and another on her head ... and all the while rolling her body over 360 degrees. She did it once ... then she did it again in reverse. Incredible!”
In addition you will see magicians, bicyclists, and other great entertainment!
Day 5 Chengdu (B, L, D)
In the morning you will be able to volunteer at the Panda Breeding Center. Beside getting an up close and personal experience with this icon of Chinese wildlife, you can clean the residences and improve their living conditions.
After your time with the Pandas, we’ll take a tour of Shangli Ancient Town. As one of the top ten ancient towns in Sichuan province, Shangli Ancient Town once served as an important post on the South Silk Road and the Ancient Tea-Horse Trail in history. Besides, it witnessed the Long March (1934–1936) of the Red Army in the 1930s. estling among hills and surrounded by rivers, the town is noted for its evergreen trees, delicate hillocks, wooden resident houses, stone-paved streets, towers, ancient archways, caves, the Tang dynasty’s spring (The White Horse Spring), and historical stone bridges. Two streams with distinctive scenery on the banks flow gently around the town. The stone-paved streets are flanked with various styles of residential houses and courtyards in a layout of the Chinese character "well", which remains intact. The ancient bridges, ancient pagodas, ancient trees, ancient caves and ancient memorial archways are distributed in or near the town, contrasting finely with each other. The perfect combination of history, culture and tradition with natural beauty makes the town full of mystery and vitality.
You’ll then be taken back to Chengdu, while the rest of your day can be spent at your own leisure.