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Yangtze Cruise Upstream & Downstream

What is upstream and downstream?

Upstream Cruise

Map of Yangtze Upstream Cruise
Map of Yangtze Upstream Cruise

Yangtze River Upstream Cruises mean sailing from East China - lower part of the river (such as Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, or Yichang), up to Chongqing. Recently, there is only one upstream cruise route sailing on the Yangtze River:

  1. 4 Nights and 5 Days Yichang – Chongqing cruise, is the most common route among the upstream routes, and is run by most Yangtze River ships.


Downstream Cruise

Map of Yangtze Upstream Cruise

Yangtze River Downstream Cruises means sailing from West China - higher part of the river (such as Chongqing) down to East China (such as Yichang, Shanghai). In 2018and 2019, there is only one downstream cruise route sailing on Yangtze River as below:

  1. 3 Nights and 4 Days Chongqing – Yichang cruise, is the most popular route chosen by about two-third travelers, and is run by most Yangtze River ships.


What’s the difference between Yangtze Upstream and Downstream?

1. Cruise Length
Cruise length is the biggest difference between Yangtze upstream and downstream cruise. Since the upstream cruise takes one more day than the downstream cruise does, upstream cruises are usually chosen by those who want a more relaxing cruise, while downstream cruises are better for travelers whose travel time is limited.

2. Night Sailing
Due to the slower speed, upstream cruise ships have to sailing at night in order to reach shore excursion sites and scenic attraction in daylight hours, whereas downstream cruise ships usually dock in the evening and never travel at night.

3. Different Itinerary Schedule
Usually, there are quite difference of the itinerary arrangement between the upstream and downstream for the embark/disembark time of the cruise ports.

Sailing Route Boarding Time of Embark Port Leaving Time at Disembark Port
Upstream (Yichang->Chongqing) 18:00-21:00 at Yichang Port 09:00 disembark at Chongqing Port
Downstream (Chongqing->Yichang) 18:00-21:00 at Chongqing Port 13:00 Disembark at Yichang Port

Meanwhile, with some main shore excursion sites, the visit time varies differently. The Dam Ship Lock, for instance. Since both ways to visit Three Gorges Dam in the morning, taking upstream cruise, you will see ship lock in the late afternoon while taking downstream cruise, you can visit it in the late evening.

4. Price of Cruise
The price of Upstream cruises may be lower than that of Downstream cruises for some cruise companies. You can contact us for a quotation about your ideal cruise.

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