While many may not recognize all the cities it flows along, the Yangzte River is certainly a point of reference for anyone who enters China, and rightfully so. As the longest river in Asia, its 6,300 kilometers make it the third-longest river in the world behind the Nile and the Amazon.
Flowing through 11 provinces, this 'Main Street' of China is also known as Chang Jiang (long river). Its history dates back to the Han Dynasty, and it remains a major artery running through the heart of the country. The stunning beauty and beautiful landscapes, paired with the memories of times gone by, make the Yangzte River a place everyone must experience at least once while visiting China.
Rising on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, it plunges off the roof of the world down huge gorges, winding its way through some of the most striking landforms on the planet. Few are as renowned for their beauty as the Three Gorges. Listed within the top ten scenic sites in China, this stunning 200-kilometer stretch between Yichang and Chongqing present spectacular views, bound to impress the most seasoned traveler.
Where to go
The specialists at Expats Holidays arrange yearround cruises down the Yangtze River onboard a five-star luxury Victoria liner, where you can immerse yourself in the many onboard activities: tai chi, cabaret, afternoon tea and happy hour, or relax in your beautifully-appointed cabin. You won’t be left wanting. In addition to day tours and visits to locations that are bound to create lifetime memories, the liner offers shopping, a beauty salon and a fitness studio, among many other onboard amenities. All meals will have you indulging in five-star cuisine proudly delivered by an award-winning chef.
The recommended times to travel through this culturally enriched gateway are spring and autumn, to make the most of the temperate weather conditions. Join a Three Gorges historic cruise by flying from Shanghai Hongqiao to Chongqing and boarding a Victoria liner. Expats Holidays can arrange packages from four days and three nights inclusive of a professional driver and ground transportation, an English-speaking tour guide and onboard accommodation, starting from RMB4,500 per person.
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