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Bertina Li - Experienced Yangtze Cruise Expert

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"Hey, guys! This is Bertina Li. Your trip advisor from Chengdu Bamboo International Tours. I am a movie goer, a concert goer, and most importantly, a travel goer, just like you! Hence I know how important it is to have a trip well planned. That’s why I will help you find the most popular tour routes and offer you the best suggestions with full passion and with all the knowledge I have.

As a country antique yet up-to-the-minute, conservative yet path-breaking, quintessentially rural yet outwardly urban, the mysterious China and Yangtze River have something for everyone. Come and discover the wonderful land and be ready to have a life changing experience! Bertina is right here waiting for you!"

Why not take the advantages Bertina's travel experience to design a itinerary just for you, that suits your budget and interests. Her passion to serve you never fades away!

Yangtze Cruise Tips from Bertina

  1. When is the best time to have a Yangtze River cruise?

    The "best" depends on which you are more concerned about, weather or price. To most visitors,the bestRed Leaves in Yangtze River Autumnseasons for Yangtze Cruise should be the Spring and Autumn, namely, April to June and September to November when the weather is cool and comfortable, neither cold nor hot.

  2. Which cruise line should I choose?

    There are different cruise lines to cater different customer demands. Cruising between Chongqing and Wuhan on deluxe ships is the most popular for tourists.

  3. Should I take a upstream or downstream cruise?

    Upstream means sailing from lower part of river to the up to the higher part of the river.Less cost, and it usually costs 10%-30% lower than that of downstream and more time onboard for leisure activities, Chinese folk customs, etc. Downstream mean sailing from higher part of the river to the lower part of the river. There is enough time to enjoy the shore excursions because all scenic sites are arranged in the daytime.

  4. How long is the cruise vacartion?

    You cruise vacation duration is decided by the ship and itinerary you have chosen and booked.

  5. Top five cruise ships recommended by our former customers

    Yangtze River Cruise: top five recommended ships including Victoria Jenna, President Prime, Yangtze Explorer, Victoria Sophia & Century Diamond.Book now with great discount!

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    Shore Excursion to Fengdu Ghost City
    Enjoy Captain's Welcome Party
    Dining on Yangtze River Cruise
    Pass Three Gorges Dam Ship Locks

    Hi Bertina,

    We are back home after a wonderful and most enjoyable trip to China. The 3 Gorges cruise, visit to see pandas in Chengdu, Guilin and surrounds were the highlights. Thanks again for your assistance and prompt reactions to our requests are highly appreciated. Wishing you a happy prosperous future in the travel business and your personal life.

    Thanks again an kind regards

    Keith and Angela

    January 12, 2015

    Dear Bertina,

    We had a memorable trip, largely thanks to you. You did a really great job for us from start to finish. Even the pain of Paypal is now fading! Your firm could not have a better ambassador, so please tell your managing director that from us.

    Best wishes for 2017.



    January 6, 2015

    Dear Bertina

    We are back to Singapore last Friday.

    Yes, we have a great trip and scenery was splendid. thank you so much for your arrangement.

    I wish you a blessed Christmas and all the best for year 2017 :)


    SingaporeOctober 2, 2015

    Good afternoon Bertina,

    Hope you are well!

    Mr. Demetrios and his sister came to our office this morning and we had a conversation regarding their trip. They were very pleased with the service and how polite and helpful all the staff was. You helped make their trip easier and memorable as this will most probbaly be their last far away trip.

    Thank you for your assistance.

    Best regards,

    Vassilia Moulas

    October 10, 2015

    Hi Bertina,

    Thanks for your follow up. Yes I'm on the train to Shanghai from Yichang.

    It was a lovely trip. The ship was very nice and looks really new despite its age. Service was also very good, the crew were all friendly, especially our waiters and the housekeeping staff.

    I've attached some photos we took, the three gorges were breathtaking!

    Thanks for everything!


    (The following pictures were all shared by Xin)

    Yangtze River Cruise Scenery

    Xin Visiting Yangtze River

    Yangtze River Cruise Scenery

    Bridge on Yangtze River

    Yangtze River Cruise Scenery

    Xin on the Yangtze River Cruise

    October 11, 2015

    Hi Bertina

    Thanks for your email. Also big thanks for booking us for the President 7 cruise on Yangtze river.

    We had a wonderful time on that cruise. As soon as we were on-board, I upgraded our room and food. Room was so nice and clean; food was so tasty; excursion was very interesting for us, and on the cruise there were three great workshop to introduce Chinese traditional artwork. We enjoy so much for this cruise.

    Thanks again for your arrangement and booking. Wish all the best to you.



    October 28, 2015

    Hi Bertina

    We have just arrived back in NZ after a great trip, we were really pleased with the way your itinerary worked out.

    Everything on the trip went very well, we were met at every airport by the guide without any delay. Most guides were great.

    The hotels in Shanghai and Xian were very good.

    The cruise was a nice relaxing break after the visit to Shanghai, the boat was great.

    All the food during the trip was nice, again especially the lunches in Xian.

    The time in Yancheng also went well, we did not need a guide there because our daughter Claire has been living there for 18 months so she knew her way around. There was however a long delay in the flight from Yancheng to Shanghai so we nearly missed our connection back to NZ - it all worked out on the end.

    Thanks again for your great work in arranging everything. We had a very memorable trip and wouldn't hesitate in using your service again if we come back to China or to recommend you to any friends who want to visit.



    New Zealand November 13, 2015

    hi bertina,

    just seen your messages today. (Just back from China and cannot open the mail because China blocking the google ) .We really enjoy the cruise. Thank's for your cooperation. Really appreciated.



    November 17, 2015

    Ni Hao my dear friend Bertina,

    I hope this receives you well, happy and healthy. Returned home safely from Guilin . Had a wonderful trip to China. Enjoyed the foods and culture. Of course, mom enjoyed herself immensely. She is still talking about beautiful Guilin!!! I want to thank you Bertina for arranging this memorable journey. The trip went accordingly as anticipated. The guide Kennedy was very kind and assuring.

    Thanks again for all your patience, knowledge, and care.

    Very kind regards,


    December 2, 2015

    Dear Bertina,

    The cruise by the President no. 8 was beautiful and very good arranged.

    First of all a compliment special for you, the payment was difficult but you had all understanding and did a good job..

    We had a good cabin, very good service everywhere, sitting on a table for 2 for lunch/dinner, interesting excursions, english speaking on board and on the excursions. In short it was perfect.

    But what a difference with the year 1983!

    We are very glad that we have been on the ferry and see the Yangtze river then. Yoy can not compare.

    The romantic and simplicity was so nice. Complete different people and towns.

    Of course that will never come back. The change in China within 30 years is the same as the change in our country in 90 years.

    We have had a marvellous time, also thanks to you.

    Maybe, at another moment we will call your help again.

    Kindest regards

    Cees & Yvette Rosingh

    May 3, 2016

    Dear Bertina,

    Sorry to answer you so late, we have been very busy, we moved from our old apartment to a new one a couple of weeks ago. Our new address is ****. Could you please send it again to this address? The name is correct.

    By the way, thank you so much for your whole kind attention during all the process of booking the cruise and hotel and transportation, from the very beginning you have been most helpful solving all the issues. We are very satisfied with our cruise, the planning was perfect and my family enjoyed it very much, for sure we will recommend it to our friends. Thank you again!

    With kind regards,


    May 5, 2016

    Hi Bertina

    Arrived this morning in Xian for three days.

    We had a wonderful time on the Yangtze River cruise... Full on during the day and enjoyable show at night. Few of their crew was looking lovely .. Aurora and Taylor always have a beautiful smile when they greet us.

    The day tour in Yichang was good. My husband loved the sturgeon park. The tour guide - coffee is recommendable. Very nice gentleman.

    The wall was tremendously enjoyable .. We walked for four hours and Tour guide - Echo was very helpful.

    I will post some photos later tonight for you.

    Thanks again for arranging our tours and will definitely not forget you when we revisit China again..... Hopefully next few years! Hahaha.

    Take care and keep well.



    May 14, 2016

    Hi Bertina

    We all had a great time!

    Thanks again


    May 17, 2016

    Hello Bertina

    How are you today?

    We are back home now after a very rewarding trip to China. We did not know what to expect being first time visitors to China.

    Everything went smoothly for us and main highlight was the trip down the Yangtze River. We were expecting a laid back relaxing time on Yangtze Gold 3, but it was far from it.

    Plenty of entertainment, and we took part in all the included shore excursions. In spite of the more than adequate buffet style meals I actually shed some weight in spite of my voracious appetite, due to the more than usual exercise.

    The ride on the Bullet train from Yichang to Beijing was literally a blast. What an experience that was! I could quite easily repeat this trip but more likely visit other attractions as China has so much to offer.

    Bertina I wish to thank you dearly for all the assistance you gave us on this trip. My only regret was that I never went to Chengdu to thank you personally. Perhaps next time!

    Thank you, thank you.

    Best regards from all of us

    P.S. I have attached 3x photos. That is me with the hat on and wife Pushpa. Other two are Shobhna Bidesi and Anish Kumar, with Anish standing beside Bullet train.

    Warren Stone

    ( The following pictures were all shared by Warren Stone)

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Warren & Pushpa Visiting Yangtze River

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Shobhna Bidesi & Anish Kumar Visiting Yangtze River

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Anish Kumar Standing Beside Bullet Train

    May 26, 2016

    Hi Bertina

    Sorry for my late reply, but we have returned from our trip very recently.

    We had a very good time on the Yangtze River cruise. The quality of service on board and the attractions during the trip met our expectations. Also the one-day tour with the driver+guide went well – even though we did not really get to see the Pandas. They were mostly inside in the shadow.

    I have attached a few pictures for your reference,

    Best regards,


    ( The following pictures were all shared by Peter)

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Family of Familien Fuflsang on the Cruise

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Sightseeing of Yangtze River

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Sightseeing of Yangtze River

    June 1, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    Yes I had a good sleep depite of the late arrival yesterday. The tour guide is amazing. She is the best one that I have had. Thank you.


    June 13, 2016

    Hi Bertina

    Ok great. I am on the ship. I am loving it. It is an amazing. Is my guide picking me up at the three gorges Damm or the ship. I'm not sure.


    June 21, 2016

    Hello Berthina:

    We arrived safely back home yesterday. Our entire trip was nothing short of amazing. We loved every minute. Always felt safe and well cared for. 

    Is Yangtze River Cruise and China Discovery the same company?

    Angela was amazing.....our favorite. Jimmy was great, too.

    I will try to send pictures when they are downloaded

    Thanks for all your help

    Patti R

    June 27, 2016

    Dear Bertina.

    We arrived home 2 days ago. And we must say we had an awesome cruise. Everything was very satisfying.

    Every age group had a ball!

    But please show some kids movies in the cinema! That could be great.

    The trip overall was quite interesting and enjoyable, and your service was excellent.

    Thanks for a great trip!

    Best regards

    Lone Skriver

    The following pictures were shared by Lone Skriver.

    My dad I front of the legend. ( I think it's our ship :-)

    Michael and Rasmus boat trip to the gorges

    Silla in the top of the red pagoda

    August 1, 2016

    Hi Bertina,


    I was very pleased with the tour organised by you. Once again many thanks. The tour guides were very good, enthusiastic, with the guide in Beijing needing more speaking practice I think, but could understand when I listened carefully, so not a big issue.

    Everything went to plan, and saw more than I had expected to. Also, managed to get good vegetarian food.

    Please find attached some photos as requested.

    I will certainly be recommending China Discovery to anyone wanting to visit China.

    Many thanks, and best wishes.



    ( The following pictures were all shared by Ramnik)

    Beijing Great Wall Tour

    Ramnik Visited the Great Wall

    Beijing activities

    Interesting Experience in Beijing Tour

    August 5, 2016

    Dear Bertina,

    Yes the cruise was Wonderful. we took VIP dinning room update.

    Now at airport ready for boarding.

    Do your agency has other travel packages in China and south east Asia ?  (Japan for example )

    May I have a receipt for this trip? 

    I appreciate your help and efficiency. 

    Thank you very much. 



    August 8, 2016

    Dear Bertina,


    We had a wonderful trip to China & Yangtze cruise was memorable for all of us.

    We met quite a few interesting people on board and but for the rain during our cruise we had a great trip.

    Thank you for all the arrangement and I must say that the response and co-operation was excellent.

    We had good food on board and they arranged taxi for us to the airport.

    Please share your mobile no. & if you are on whatsapp I can share quite a few pics from my mobile 


    Best regards 


    August 30, 2016

    Dear Bertina,


    We are now on board the Victoria Anna.

    Oliver was on time at the station & we had breakfast at KFC and then left on tour.

    From there on until we boarded the cruise Oliver took great care of us.

    We had a lovely veg lunch followed by visit to Ciqikou. At lunch great care was paid to our need.

    Thank you for the care & we really enjoyed it.


    Best regards 


    September 18, 2016

    Dear Bertina,

    Thanks for the follow up. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. The accommodations were good. The service on the ship was very good. The actual Yangtze River was the hightlight. We would like to thank you for your attention and response to all our quiries and I would have no hesitation recommending your services to our friends. 


    Yours sincerely, 

    Rob and Marjorie

    September 22, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    Yes, we are in Zhangjiajie now. The cruise was amazing and we had a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for all of your help! You have made planning this trip very easy. I will definitely recommend you to all of my friends that are thinking about coming to China.


    September 22, 2016

    Dear Bertina,

    What a wonderful time we have had on our cruise.

    Thank you so much.

    David was excellent. Great service and a very informative tour. He excelled in getting us safely to the cruise boat . What a long walk.

    The Boat was great as was our fabulous and totally unexpected upgrade to Deck 6.

    Bertina, you have been an exceptional tour organiser and I will be recommending you and your company to all of my friends.

    We will most likely be back in China in November but for now we fly to Hong Kong early in the morning. Anthony returns to London and I to Brisbane.

    Will be in contact again, I am sure.


    September 23, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    Thanks for your service, everthings have been well arranged as per agreement/schedule. Michaeal was keen to provided info. and escort us until the last gate of speed train. Fay waited us at Yichang and brought us to have dinner at wonderful Cave resturant. I would like to thanks Fay and driver to revisit on ship and took me back to resturant coz I dropped my wallet under dining table. The staff at Cave resturant are very honesty that really appreciated me when they refused to accept my reward. China is really change and improve especially for the quality of toilets every places. The last local guide David escorted us in Chongqing and took care of hotel checked- in. We impressed a lot for service without problem and of course we will still back to use your service again for next trip.

    Thanks you and Cheers,


    ThaiSeptember 24, 2016

    Hi, Bertina

    We had a good time on Century Sky and this Yangtze Cruise trip was perfect! Whenever I go back to China will definitely contact you for my arrangements or let my friends know about you and your company. Thanks a lot.

    Best Regards,


    BritishOctober 26, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    We had a lovely cruise. The crew on the cruise were very good and we had a lovely day with our guide (and driver) in Yichang, they looked after us very well. I will post a note on Trip Advisor. I will also recommend you to any friends coming here.

    Many thanks,


    October 29, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    I took the upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing with President 7 in October, 2015. The ship was clean with comfortable cabin. Food on board was good and plentiful. Cabin crew were very nice and helpful. Siteseeing arrangement was perfect with well experience tourist. My Travel Consultant, Bertina Li, is a very professional, polite and reliable person. She provided excellent arrangement and service to me. In the future, I will recommend Bertina to my friends for travel arrangement in China.


    Hong KongOctober 29, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    Thank you for your concern. No problem. We only waited for half hour before they received a confirmation call regarding our booking. We enjoyed the Yangtze cruise very much. The ship was excellent and the scenery very beautiful.

    We are now hiking in Zhangjiajie. Thank you for your help.


    November 3, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    Thanks so much for all your help arranging the driving & getting us onto the ship You showed such dedication & really looked after us, we really appreciate it! We would have been lost without your help so thank you so much!

    We had a great time on the boat thanks . We got our train tickets in Yichang without a problem & have arrived safely in Xian.

    Thanks again.

    Angela Strang

    new zealanderNovember 22, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    Yes thanks we did enjoy the cruise and although our flight was delayed we still made it to the cruise with plenty of time. The instructions you sent with details for the port and dock number were very useful.

    It sounds like you had a nice time over the National Day Holidays. Although it was very busy we still enjoyed our travel in China.

    Kind Regards


    AustralianDecember 14, 2016

    Hi Bertina,

    Thank you. We has pass great days at the cruise, the experience has been incredible. We will back to you with more details as soon as we arrive home.

    Best regards.


    December 24, 2016

    Dear Bertina,

    We had a wonderful cruise on the yangtze! Thank you again for all the help and support! Greetings from rainy Shanghai.


    May 22, 2017

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