24 Feb 2011

Yangtze River Cruise and Three Gorges Tour

Posted by ChinaAdvisor

The Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, bowing only to the Nile and the Amazon. It feeds the great Chinese Nation, so it is considered to be the “Mother River” of China. The Yangtze River flows across 13 provinces, with many branches, such as the Min River, Wu River, Xiang River, Han River, Huangpu River, etc, of which the Han River is the longest one. Probably the biggest a highlight a Yangtze River cruise has to offer is sailing along the Three Gorges, with the cruise’s fitting conclusion at the mighty Three Gorges Dam.

Due to its magnificent scenery the Three Gorges has been a source of inspiration for poets and artists, and one of the hottest tourist destinations for centuries. The scenery of the Three Gorges is one of the biggest draw for visitors to the Yangtze River for good reason. The Three Gorges is one of the earliest tourist destinations in China. It is famous not only for its stunning landscapes, but for the long history and splendid culture. The myriad of ancient temples, villages, and paths add to the splendor of the Three Gorges. Along the way you’ll also have the option to step off the boat for some excellent excursions. Here are some of the places you’ll pass through during your cruise:

Fengdu Ghost City

The city was constructed on Mingshan Hill. Legend says that over 1,700 years ago two officials named Yin and Wang (the combination of their surnames means “Ghost King “)studied Taoism here and eventually became immortals. The area now features amazing temples depicting underworld demons and gods. It clearly demonstrates the Chinese ghost culture and is a place where the evil are punished, and the righteous are rewarded.

Lesser Three Gorges

Lesser in name and size only, its natural splendor is second to none. It is three separate gorges along the Daning River, the chief tributary of the Yangtze River; they have been named “Dragon-Gate Gorge”, “Misty Gorge” and “Dicui (Emerald) Gorge” respectively. You can take a small boat to witness the spectacular views and experience a water-borne sensation that has to be seen to be believed. Nature’s scenery unfold before you, with its clear water racing through the gorges, sheer cliffs and steep mountains rising steeply on either side, it is an art gallery that only nature could create.

Shennong Stream

A 60 kilometer small tributary of the Yangtze River, Shennong Stream is famous for its picturesque scenery. You can board a traditional sampan and drift along it. No one who has ever been to this spectacular place has left without being impressed by its crystal clear waters flowing swiftly through the deep gorges. Its steep peaks, thick vegetation, wild flowers, and exotic birds Shennong stream never fails to humble visitors. Carved into the steep cliffs a plank road was built in ancient times to help travelers on foot navigate the gorges, and ancient hanging coffins are suspended high on the cliff faces.

On board the cruise ships you will have a wide range of activities esigned especially for our guests. Besides the regular on shore excursions we organize various colorful programs and shows. Ships will feature dong and dance shows, introduction to Chinese culture, and lectures on the three gorges, Chinese Majiang, calligraphy, Chinese cuisine, Taiji, and traditional Chinese kits. There are several ships which feature lectures on Chinese history and traditions, Chinese medicine, and Chinese dancing classes. Through these programs and beautiful scenery of the Yangtze River our guests will better understand the Yangtze River’s local culture and history.

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