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Vivien Li - Our Yangtze Cruise Specialist

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The world is small but the heart is large! Hi,my dear friends. I’m Vivien Li.

Travel makes me know how colorful the world is. We all get a limited amount of time on this Earth; therefore, why not do the things you want to do. As for me, travel around the world is the dream for my whole life.

Let me serve you with my enthusiasm, patience and the love for the travel to bring you memorable experiences tour with places you never been to, people you never seen and sceneries you never viewed before in China.

Why not take the advantages of Vivien's travel experience to design a itinerary just for you, that suits your budget and interests. Her passion to serve you never fades away! I am here. I am waiting for you in China Discovery.

Yangtze Cruise Tips from Vivien

  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!

    See What My Customers Say & See!

    Yangtze Cruise Specialist - Vivien
    Vivien visited beautiful Jiuzhaigou
    Vivien's enjoyable tour
    Vivien was riding a Yak

    Dear Vivien,

    Happy New Year to you as well.

    Our entire trip to Chengdu, Chongqing and the 4-day cruise through the 3-Gorges was very well planned and coordinated. Your tour guides were all very knowledgeable and tentative, and I greatly appreciate the fact that I was always able to reach you whenever there was a problem. even your tour guide in Yichang was very patient and pleasant, and was a big help when we were checking in at the Yichang airport, and there was a problem with our identity card at the airline counter. Please thank both Sophia and the Yichang tour guide for us.

    The 3-Gorges cruise was enjoyable. We paid to upgrade our son’s room to deluxe suite. The food was mediocre (and could definitely use some improvement). the highlight was the boat ride through the canyons on the 3rd day, which seemed like to ride back to a timeless nature.

    I am very impressed with the service of your agency, and will definitely recommend you to TripAdviser and to my frineds.

    Best Wishes,


    October 9, 2016

    Hello Vivien,

    Thank you very much! Very good. May group really had a good time.

    Rich and I thoroughly enjoyed our 14 days in China. Each of our guides was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and made our tour very enjoyable.

    We absolutely would recommend China Discovery to anyone wanting a private tour through China!

    Special thanks go to: Laura, Diana, Eben, Grace and Echo, who made each city memorable and of course the drivers who managed to safely deliver us to our destinations!

    thank you again.

    Rosalie and Rich

    (The following pictures were shared by Rosalie and Rich)

    Xian Yangtze Cruise

    Rosalie and Rich Visiting Xian Ancient City with China Yangtze Cruise

    Beijing Yangtze Cruise

    Rosalie and Rich Visiting Beijing Great Wall

    Yangtze River Cruse

    Rosalie and Rich Yangtze River Cruise

    November 21, 2016

    Dear Vivien,

    Thank you for your email.

    We had the most wonderful time on board Century Sky, in fact it was my favourite part of our tour. Everything about the cruise was just brilliant and the cruise staff were superb.

    However, I must also thank you for helping me arrange the cruise and all the extra information you gave us before travelling to China. It was a little daunting planning the trip ourselves but with your help made it so much easier and for that we can’t thank you enough.

    With kind regards,


    December 24, 2016

    Dear Vivian,

    We are back from our 31 days visit to China. It was wonderful and we are very impressed with the progress made since I was last in China (about 20 years ago). The cruise was wonderful in all respects. The room was very beautiful and we were surprised that the executive suite included the VIP treatment. The excursions were very well organized and interesting. Also, you coordinated well with the guide that was picking us up in Chongqing. I can recommend this cruise wholeheartedly.

    All the best,

    Jan and Pierre

    January 9, 2017


    Unforgetable 7 days amazing private tour Wuhan, Yangtze cruise, Chongqing, Chengdu

    Thank you so much to our trip consultant Vivien Li, she’s very friendly, fast response to many changes in our itineraries on email, professional to organise at the tour’s plan.

    All tour guides are also very friendly & helpful, well educated & talented as a guides. The drivers are helpful & careful driving also always punctual to pick up at the start of each day. Hotels are convenient to stay and located near shopping area. The cruise was great, the ship is beautiful & clean,Meals are definately delicious. The tour was running as scheduled in the itinearary, everything was well arranged from the start. I would strongly recommend China Discovery Tours & Vivien for everyone who wants to travel to China.


    April 4, 2017

    Dear Vivien,

    Firstly thank you for making all the arrangements they worked well and we were more than happy with the organisation from your office.

    The cruise was made by the scenery which is what we wanted to see and the staff on the vessel were perfect hosts.

    However the vessel we felt was in need of refurbishment, completely adequate but getting worn and needed some investment to make it just a little bit special. Simple additions of umbrellas on the sun deck, more proactive drinks waitering, and better buffet food would have made it far far better with very extra little investment by the ship.

    We were very happy with the guides Oliver and Nancy, both were very good and we would recommend both (particularly Nancy) to anyone in the future.

    So please take away this was a very enjoyable experience which with a little extra improvement by the ship's owners could have been a great experience.

    Best wishes and thank you again for your organising.


    April 30, 2017

    Dear Vivien,

    the river cruise was definitely one of the highlights of the vacation.

    Your service was very nice and friendly.

    The excursion during the trip (ghost city, 3 smaller gorges and 3 gorge dam) have been very interesting.

    The support by Melody was excellent. She did a great job to make us non-Asians feel comfortable.

    Also the other girls that served us dinner or drinks at the bar have been very friendly and helpful.

    The only point for improvement was the cocktails. I am not sure if there is a different way to make cocktails in China or if it was only on the cruise, but I was a bit disappointed about the taste.

    All in all it was a really great trip!

    With best regards,

    H. Weitlich

    (The following picture was shared by H. Weitlich)

    Yangtze River Cruise - Yangtze Three Gorges

    Weitlich Visiting Yangtze Three Gorges

    May 16, 2017


    We had a wonderful trip, thank you very much for all the arrangements.



    June 26, 2017

    Hallo Vivien,

    Here my Feedback.

    The Yangtze river cruise was one of our highlights on our China tour. The Victoria Jenna was a fantastic ship, the cabin was very clean und with a high standard. The staff was very friendly and very well organized. Everbody speaks English. The tours and the onboard shows were fantastic.

    When we went on board, we were not registrated and so we have had a problem to check in. But at the reception they found our booking and because the cruise was not fully booked, it was no problem to get cabins. Please check, what was missing for our registration!

    So again thanks for your support!

    Lg Ekhard

    (The following pictures were all shared by Ekhard)

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Ekhard Enjoying Scenery of Yangtze River

    Yangtze River Cruise Cabins

    Ekhard's Accommodation on Victoria Jenna

    Yangtze River Shennv Stream

    Ekhard Spending Leisure Time at Shennv Stream

    Yangtze River Cruise - Life Onboard

    Ekhard Appreciating Night Shows on Victoria Jenna

    July 3, 2017

    Hi Vivien,

    We had an amazing experience. We already gave our feedback using the ship's evaluation form. I don't know whether you have another one.

    I'll share some pictures in the comming days.



    July 9, 2017

    Hi Vivien.

    The cruise has been amazing! Thank you for your work and making the arrangements for us – it is very much appreciated. The Yangtze Explorer is a fabulous river cruise ship. The staff are wonderful, the excursions are great, and the food magnificent. I would recommend the trip very highly as a must do when anyone visits China!


    AustraliaJuly 23, 2017

    Dear Vivien

    We had a wonderful time with Yangtze Explorer.

    The room was clean and roomy with a nice balcony, the services was superb and the food was excellent.

    We will recommend Yangtze Explorer to our friends.

    Best Regards


    (The following pictures were all shared by Charunya)

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Charunya Visiting Yangtze River Cruise

    Yangtze River Sighseeing

    Charunya Enjoying Yangtze River Sightseeing

    July 24, 2017

    Hello Vivien

    Thank you so much for your help. we like the trip/



    USJanuary 3, 2018

    Dear Vivien,

    Soryy I am so late to write to you = am having a wonderful holiiday at my son!

    Vivien, the whole trip I have had in China was simply awesome, from my self booked trip to walk the Great Wall for 5 days, (tough, but absolutely amazing!) to your booking of my trip on the Yangtzhe, it has ALL been spectacular, and I want to THANK you SO MUCH for all the trouble you took to book for me, the very good advice and everything else!

    You have gone out of your way to make things absolutely great for me, and it is so much appreciated.

    I hope that some time in the future I may be blessed to do another trip to China, and will certainly remember you!

    Your country is simply amazing and I enjoyed absolutely everything!

    Thank you again, do take care, and may you have many many more satisfied customers!

    Kindest regards,


    September 8, 2017

    Dear Ms. Vivian Li,

    sorry for taking so long, but I'd be delighted to give you some feedback.

    The tour was very well organized. The cabins were in good condition and quite spacy. Even if one didn't want to go out it gave a comfortable feeling. The room-service was excellent. Mind you, we didn't see much of the room-service but we felt their presenz. Always clean and fresh. We enjoyed the self-service buffett because it meant you only get what you really wanted and how much you wanted. The service in the restaurant was excellent. Quick and friendly. As we travelled as a mixed family (chin - engl) which weren't able to speak each others language, we appreciated the occassionally help (translating) of the servants in the restaurant on deck 6 (especially Daisy and Abby). The rest of the crew was also very helpful and friendly.

    Do to the low water level, going from and on bord was a challenge (especially for any handicaped people). The lift was a great help for my wife, but - why does it have to end on deck 5 when the cabin was on deck 6 :-) For reasons unknown I took part on all excursions, which was very exhausting at times. 1000 steps or more up and down to the pagoda, temple and so - but it was worth every step. As I said, a very well organized and planned tour and excursions.

    Even if the excursions were timed, one never had the feeling to be in a hurry. It seemed there was, even in a tight time shedule, always time to rest in between.

    With other words, I would always recommend this particular river cruise.

    For the photo's, well - I'll take the time and find you some. I'll send them on a seperate email.

    Best regards


    (The following pictures were all shared by Rolf)

    Yangtze River Cruise Cabin

    Rolf's Family Visiting Yangtze River Cruise

    Three Gorges Dam Site

    Rolf Visiting the Three Gorges Dam Site

    Shennv Stream

    Rolf Enjoying Sightseeing at Shennv Stream

    September 8, 2017

    Dear Vivien,

    Many thanks for your email.

    The tour did indeed go well, and in all honesty we particularly liked that we were on a boat that was predominantly Chinese as opposed to having mainly westerners. I reckon there were about 300 Chinese, 30 Germans and 7 English speaking - which suited us well.

    Overall we were very impressed with the food, which for dinner especially was better than we had expected.

    However, the most important feedback from me was about your help to us late on the first night. We had been awake since 5am and travelling for most of the day on the train. Obviously there had been a language barrier misunderstanding about the extra bed/sofa bed - but we resolved it in the end with tour help. I think you often see best how good a travel agent/agency is not when things are going well but when there is a problem to solve. I was very relieved when you picked up your mobile phone that night and for all your assistance that followed. We cannot thank you enough.

    Best wishes, Steve

    October 16, 2017

    Hi Vivien

    Just a quick note to thankyou for all your help on the Yangtze cruise.

    We had a great time and the the Century Legend was a beautiful, clean, modern ship.

    The service was first class, food excellent, and our room perfect!!!

    We were very happy with the booking that you did for us.

    Please feel free to use us as a reference if you like.


    Michael & Vicki

    (The following picture was shared by Michael & Vicki)

    Yangtze River

    Vicki Spending Leisure Time in the Cabin on Century Legend

    October 19, 2017

    Hi Vivien

    Just to say a big thank you for all your help and efficiency arranging our holiday. We had a great time, especially the day in Chengdu - the morning at the panda reserve was wonderful!

    Please can you send me the link to the trip advisor website so I can write something there about our lovely holiday?

    Best wishes


    November 7, 2017


    Thanks a lot for your wishes.

    For you and your family also the best and all your own dreams come true.

    The trip was excellent, tks a lot for all of your service.

    best regards


    November 9, 2017

    Dear Vivien,

    Your arrangements are perfect, beyond much of my expectation from a Chinese agent who I had never known of.

    For the cruise, generally is fine. However, there couple of points to mention :

    1. The foods throughout the trip are not to the standard comparable any luxury cruises I took before, particularly at this price.

    2. The cruise should have provided dinner during the first night and lunch or at least snacks on the last day.

    Besides the foods, we enjoyed the trip.

    Thank you again for your arrangements. I shall not be hesitate to ask you to arrange my next trip in China.

    Kind regards,


    October 31, 2017

    Hello Vivien

    I am just writing to thank you for all your help arranging my Yangtze cruise. It was a great trip and I really enjoyed it - and all your arrangements worked out perfectly - you are a star!

    I see that your office is in Chengdu so I am wondering if you could recommend an agency to help me organise a trip for myself and my daughter to Chengdu and Harbin in December? Please let me know as soon as possible.

    Thanks again for all your patience, efficiency and support.

    Best wishes


    BritainNovember 12, 2017

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    Our specialists are always ready to help!