Yangtze Cruise Details


Daily timetable for typical cruise.
Chongqing - Yichang
   
Day 1 Embark in Chongqing pier
18:00 Check in
21:30 Cruise introduction
23:00 Depart from Chongqing
   
Day 2  
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-11:00 Shore excursion to the Ghost City of Fengdu
12:00-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
15:00 Lecture about acupuncture (at cinema)
16:00-18:00 Optional Shore excursion to Shibaozhai / Zhangfei Temple / Snow Jade Cave (on your own expense)
16:30-18:00 Afternoon Tea time( F6 bar)
  Everyday recommended drinking
16:30 Kungfu tea art show
18:00-19:00 Captain welcoming party
19:00-20:30 Supper (buffet) F2
21:00 Entertaining show
   
Day 3 The lesser three Gorges , and the three Gorge ship locks
06:30 Morning coffee, and Tai Chi
06:30-07:30 Breakfast (buffet)
07:30-10:00 Optional Shore excursion to White Emperor City (on your own expense)
11:00 Set sail, passing through Qutang Gorge
11:30-13:00 Lunch (buffet)
13:30-18:00 Shore excursion to the lesser three Gorges by boat
18:20 Set sail, passing through the Wu Gorge, the Xiling Gorge
18:00-19:00 Happy hours
  Everyday recommended drinking
18:30 Disembarking briefing
19:00-20:30 Supper
20:30-23:00 Check out
21:00 Guests interactive activity
24:00:00 Set sail, passing through the three Gorge ship locks
   
Day 4 Arrive Yichang
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-11:00 Shore excursion to Three Gorge Dam
11:00 Set sail, passing through Xiling Gorge
11:30 Disembark the ship
   
Have the Following Scenic Spots Be Affected by the Dam?

The Three Gorges
The 193km-long Three Gorges, consisting of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, is an area famed for steep terrain and picturesque landscape. With the rising of the river water, the most turbulent of the Gorges will be transformed into a placid lake. As the sheer cliffs in Qutang Gorge rise 350m above the river, much of their grandeur remain, and as the 12 peaks of Wu Gorge rise to 800 - 1,200 meters, the famous scenic spots, the Goddess Peak and the Kui Gate still stand elegantly, the impact of the reservoir being hardly noticeable, The rising river water stretches upriver 650km will submerge some of the natural and man made tourist attractions, accounting for only 13 percent of the total attractions in the area. The project will create new sights and the Three Gorges Reservoir, the world's largest, will be a new scenic wonder in itself. Tourists will find access to the Lesser Three Gorges on the tributary Daning River easier because of the rise in water level. Only a few major sites of historical interest will be partly or totally submerged, and most of the cultural relics have been or are being moved to higher places or safe new locations.

The White Emperor City(Baidicheng)
The White Emperor City was not be affected, because it is sitting on the top of a mountain which is 248m in hight.

Fengdu-the Ghost City
Fengdu City was moved, but the ghost temple will still stand on the top of Mingshan Mountain, which is 288m high.

Zhangfei Temple
It has been relocated to a higher place.

Shibaozhai
It has been relocated to a higher place.

The Lesser Three Gorges
The Longmen Gorge and the Bawu Gorge have been affected by the rise in water, the most beautiful one - Dicui Gorge has remained intact.

 SCENIC SPOTS ALONG THE THREE GORGES
 

The Three Gorges on the Yangtze

Starting from the White Emperor City at Fengjie, Sichuan Province in the west to the Nanjin Pass at Yichang, Hubei Province in the east. The Three Gorges is 192km long. It is composed of Qutang, Wu and Xiling. Qutang Gorge, known for its magnificence, is only 8km long. Wu Gorge, 45km long, is famous for its deep valley and quiet beauty; and the Xiling Gorge, 76km long, used to be full of turbulent currents and whirlpools and is one of the most dangerous shoals.

Shennong Lesser Gorges, 60km long
Originates from Shennongjia virgin forests and feeds into the Yangtze River between Xiling Gorge and Wu Gorge. Famous for picturesque scenes. When you travel in this gorge, you will be surprised by its special steepness, ridges and peaks, blue and clear water and thick vegetation. In addition, wild flowers, birdlife, a timber plank road built along a cliff, ancient hanging coffins and local folk music.

The Lesser Three Gorge
Three separate valleys along the Daning River, are respectively called "Longmen Gorge", "Bawu Gorge" and "Dicui Gorge". With clear water flowing fast through the gorges, with cliffs and peaks towering toward the sky.

Fengdu - the Ghost City
A beautiful and secret river city with a long history, also called "the Ghost City", with fantastic temples for the underworld demons and gods. It is said to be a place for punishing the devil and rewarding the good.

Shibaozhai
A 12-leveled tower with a history dating back 300 years stands on the mountain top facing the Yangtze River. Considered to be a shinning pearl of the Yangtze.

The Three Gorges Dam
Located in the middle of Xiling Gorge, covering a total area of 15.28 sq.km, it is the world's largest hydropower scheme. The project is composed of three parts: a huge dam, hydropower plant and navigation structures.
The construction of the project is considered to bring benefits to the nation in the terms of flood control, power generation, navigation, irrigation, eco-protection, water diversion from south to north, tourism, etc.
 
ABOUT THE THREE GORGES DAM PROJECT
The massive Three Gorges Dam Project is the most important key project in the development and harnessing of the Yangtze River. The dam, 2309m long and 185m high, is located in Sandouping in Hubei Province, about 27km upstream from Yichang City. It is the largest water damming project ever built in China. The successful storing of the Three Gorges reservoir's water to a hight of 135 meters from the previous 78 meters on June 10, 2003 signaled the end of the second phase of the project. The world's largest hydropower scheme is scheduled to be completed by the year 2009 when the water level is expected to reach a hight of 175 meters. By then, a huge 600km-long reservoir will have emerged between the area of Sandouping where the dam is located and the Chongqing Municipality of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. The total storage capacity of the reservoir will be 39.3 billion cubic meters.