Yangtze River
Yangtze River
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8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Winding across 3,988 miles (6,418) of China the Yangtze River is the third longest rive in the world. It begins its journey at the Qinhai-Tibet Plateau and ends at the East China Sea. The Yangtze River has a rich ecosystem, fascinating history, and is the most important river in China. Life has always sprung up around the Yangtze River. The earliest signs of life dating back 27 thousand years. The climate on the river is often milder then its cousin the Yellow River making it more suitable for agriculture.
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Chaotianmen Harbour Nanan District, Chongqing China, Taixing 400060 China

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David G
Gracehill, UK51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Marketed as 5 star cruising! The content and the itinerary of the cruise are excellent, and the 3 gorges and Dam are spectacular, but the ship itself would be 3 star at best.
Written 6 April 2023
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Susanne
Shanghai, China2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We really enjoyed the cruise. The rooms were very comfortable, the food was excellent and the crew very friendly and helpful! Although we were the only west people they translated everything in English. We had a great time!
Written 26 July 2021
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caroleconvery
Welwyn Garden City, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We booked a holiday to China with Kuoni
Very disappointedWe paid for room upgrades in hotels we were shocked they were so poor
We travelled on the century sun ship four day cruise last October
It was horrendous we paid for the best room on the ship I shudder to think what the worst where like
It was very very dirty, the boat smelled badly and the food was awful.
Don’t use this ship or Kuoni for holidays to china
We went to see them as soon as we got home we had no end of photos of dirt and cockroaches, it was filthy old smelly with smelly old carpets
Kuoni were not interested they gave us a refund on £100
Shocking shocking shocking
Don’t use this boat
Written 18 May 2020
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Cassy G
Monroe, MI3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We sailed from the Three Gorges Dam which is an amazing feat of accomplishment to Chong Ching.The trip was hot as we went in the middle of July, but the scenery and sites were lovely and pack with a lot of Chinese history.
Written 12 February 2020
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neilsherryuk
Shrewsbury, UK56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a delightful way to see stunning gorges and a lovely river. We sailed from the Three Gorges Dam which is stunning in itself to Chong Ching, it was hot but the scenery and sites at various stops were lovely. The boated aren’t the latest in luxury but the care and politeness of the staff cannot be faulted. They also provide the evening cabarets ‘Chinese style’ of course. Food is traditional, good and plentiful, buffet style. This is a trip of a lifetime and we loved it and found it very good value for money too. Overall the care of the Chinese people cannot be faulted. When in Chong Ching visit the zoo and the many pandas.
Written 2 February 2020
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Denice
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I would recommend a Three Gorges Dam Yangtze River Cruise. We went upstream from Yichang. The Dam at Yichang is amazing. We booked direct and it was great value for money and all tours from the boat were included. You could do some optional tours in addition however the included ones filled our days.
We were on Century Legend one of the bigger boats. We went in July and the river was very low and it was very hot. I would recommend April/May or September.
Written 29 December 2019
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coldy
Lake Country, Canada648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We did a 4 night cruise on the Yangtze river as part of our tour. The ship is not as luxurious as the river cruise ships in Europe but was more than fine. Meals were great and staff was terrific. Upon arrival at the ship signs were on the table stating upgraded cabins were available. We had read about this in travel blogs before our trip. When we asked we were shown the Shangri-la cabin and a junior suite. We chose the junior suite which was about twice as large as the standard cabins. It had twin beds, 2 lounge chairs, a writing desk, a balcony with 2 chairs and a table. Lots of room and very comfortable. When we had booked our tour we had selected the amenity package which included free wine and beer about an hour before dinner. Many of the folks on the tour had selected the same package so we all met in the lounge for pre dinner drinks. Our tour did not eat the meals in the main dinning room but in a dining area on the top deck with another tour group. Breakfast was a buffet and you selected your dinner choices from an extensive list of options at that time. The staff always managed to serve your selected meal with no mistakes. I have no idea how they did this as we never sat at the same table for dinner. The staff put on a floor show every night in the main lounge sometimes including some passengers. All in all we had a great time and would recommend this cruise.
Written 23 December 2019
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PA954
Avondale, PA4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
Just came back from an amazing trip to China. Everything was wonderful except this ship... dirty and old, food was disgusting. Couldn’t even purchase different food or upgrade. Was booked for us as a 5 star ship. Absolutely nothing near 5 star.
Written 13 December 2019
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Christopher D
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We booked a Yangtze River cruise through SNA Tours. We dealt with the office in Vancouver, Canada.

Let me say that the air travel part was fine. All the flights were on time and we got good service on both airlines.

However, the schedule for the tour left us very disappointed. First, the 6 1/2 train ride on the second day to get to the boat was a completely wasted day. After traveling for 15 hours by plane, the last thing we expected was to be on a train the entire day on Saturday. Then the group guide took us to a restaurant for dinner. Then we have to ride on a bus for another 1.5 hours just to get to the boat. We did not get on board until 9:00pm.

What we quickly learned was that if we did not want to buy the excursions, we were not going to see anything. We did not realize that we could not see any sights of China or the towns or villages nearby. There was really nothing to see where the boat was docked. So Sunday was a complete waste of time for us. That meant that really the only two days of actual cruising on the river were on Monday and Tuesday.

Unfortunately, my wife got sick with bronchitis and had to see the ship doctor. Well, after three treatments we were stuck with a bill of about $1,300 for the doctor! That was outrageous, but what could we do but pay the bill.

The food on the boat was okay, but not great. Even though we upgraded to the VIP dinning there were still lines at the buffet and they only gave us 1 hour most of the time to eat.

Another problem was the language barrier. Our tour guide could barely speak good English. Most of the staff on the boat could not speak English which made it very hard to communicate even the simplest things.

We paid for a room upgrade and got a room right under the bar and the second night we could not sleep due to all the noise. So then we had to change rooms for the last two nights. And, the air conditioning in the room did not work. We found out that they do not really have A/C in the winter. They just blow in air from outside. So we were quite uncomfortably hot in the room.

I could go on but I think you get the picture. We would never do this trip again. And we would never recommend to anyone to do this trip. It was what we call a "bait and switch". We were never told that if we did not buy the excursions we would not see anything really. And so it came across as just a trip where they tried to up sell us on everything.
Written 10 December 2019
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Janis P
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia42 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
My husband and I recently spent a month in China travelling independently. Whilst in Chongqing we decided to book a Yangtze River cruise on the boat Yangtze Gold 1. We have no complaints about the boat, the cabins, the staff or the food. All were more than acceptable. Also the included excursions were well organised and enjoyable.

However, this is not a four day, three night cruise through three gorges as advertised. It is a two and half day, three night cruise through two gorges.

The first "day" you can't board the boat until 6 p.m. and if you want dinner on the boat you have to pay. The next day you visit Fengdu Ghost City, interesting temple complex with lots of stairs to climb, I think you could take a chair lift. The following day in the morning you pass through Qutang Gorge and have an included excursion to the lesser three gorges. We decided to purchase the optional excursion, which was advertised as being a trip down narrow gorges in sampans .... no! You go on a motorised boat for about half an hour turn around and go back. In the afternoon we were to sail through Wu gorge but by the time we arrived there it was dark! We could just see the outline of the mountains either side, I can only imagine it was spectacular. I feel that the optional excursion should not be offered at this time of year, to allow time for us to see the second gorge. When these cruises were first offered they did cruise through three gorges but the Chinese government no longer allows short cruises to pass through the lock system or the ship lift, so the cruises stop at Maoping and don't pass through Xiling Gorge. The last morning you are ferried on buses to the park area overlooking the lock system and an optional excursion is available to view the ship lift. The bus then takes you to Yichang Bus station, passing Xiling Gorge on the way (sit on the right side of the bus to get the best view).

Not sure I could recommend this cruise as value for money.
Written 6 December 2019
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