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Yichang Travel Guide

Yichang, called Yiling (夷陵) in ancient times, got it name for “water flowing here is smooth, while mountain here is high”. Yichang is regarded as “Gateway to Three Gorges” and “Pearl of Xiling Gorge”. It is located at the junction of Upper Reaches and Middle Reaches of Yangtze River, at the west of Hubei Province, about 320 kilometers from Wuhan City. Upstream, travelers can sail through Three Gorges up to Chongqing and Chengdu; downstream, travelers can sail along Yangtze River down to Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai, reaching the mouth of Yangtze River delta.

To best explore essences of Yangtze River, it is highly recommended to take a Yangtze River cruise trip sailing between Chongqing and Yichang through awe-inspiring Three Gorges and world-famous Three Gorges Dam. Other historical and natural shore excursions include Shennv Stream or Shennong Stream, Shibaozhai Pagoda, Fengdu Ghost City and more interesting sites.

Latest News for Yangtze Cruise Embarkation & Disembarkation in Yichang: In 2018, most of Yangtze cruises are going to use Maoping Port for boarding & disembarkation instead of Taohuacun Port or New Century Port.

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Yichang Attractions & Top Activities

For many travelers, they come here simply for a relaxing Yangtze River cruise on spectacular Yangtze River. In Yichang downtown area, there is not so much iconic attractions and travelers can take a short break to explore before or after Yangtze River Cruise. Check All Top Attractions & Things to Do in Yichang.

Sanyou Caves

Sanyou Caves

  • Type: Geologic Formations
  • Length: about 2 hours

Sanyou Caves, also called Three Travelers’ Caves, is 10 kilometers from Yichang downtown. In history, three Tang Dynasty poets as well as three Song Dynasty poets visited this cave together, hence it called Three Travelers’ cave. It is a good place to overlook the long and beautiful Xiling Gorge.

Yichang Museum

Yichang Museum

  • Type: Specialty Museum
  • Length: about 1 hour

Yichang Museum is a small museum with three exhibition halls displayed about 30,000 pieces of cultural items (pottery, bronze ware, jade, golden and silver ware, lacquers, paintings) excavated in Three Gorges region. The precious collections are Changyang Living Fossil, Qin-Emperor Beiming Bell.

Yiling Square

Yiling Square

  • Type: Points of Interest
  • Length: about 0.5 hour

Yiling Square offers a chance to get a glimpse of local city life with good vibe. It is located at the bustling main CBD area, close to shopping malls. You can catch folks doing their square dance, taste some local snacks, and watch the pigeons flying over the ground. It will be a great slice of modern Chinese culture.

Huangling Temple

Huangling Temple

  • Type: Sacred & Religious Site
  • Length: about 1 hour

Huangling Temple, also called Huangniu Temple, located at in the middle of Xiling Gorge in Sandouping Town, about 6 km away from Three Gorges Dam. It is a historical complex to honor “flood control” deity - Da Yu. You can also view precious materials about Three Gorges water level change.

Gezhouba Dam

Gezhouba Dam

  • Type: Dam & Bodies of Water
  • Length: about 1 hour

Gezhouba Dam is situated at the exit of Xiling Gorge in Yichang city, about 36 km from Three Gorges Dam. Gezhouba Dam is the first hydroelectric power station constructed on the tributary of Yangtze River, composed of ship locks, power house, water release gate, sand-sluicing gate, earth rockfill dam.

Chinese Sturgeon Park

Chinese Sturgeon Park

  • Type: Animals
  • Length: about 1~2 hours

Chinese Sturgeon is a “living fossil” that dates back over 140 million years to prehistoric times when the dinosaurs also inhabited the land. Go with your kids and visit Chinese Sturgeon Park (14 km to Yichang downtown) to enjoy all kinds of fish and sturgeons, as well as creatures living in Yangtze.

Travel FAQs & Tips

Maoping Port for Yangzte Cruise Embarkation and Disembarkation

In 2018, almost all Yangtze River cruise ships use Yichang Maoping Port instead of Yichang Taohuacun Port and Yichang New Century Port for embarkation and disembarkation. Maoping is about 50 kilometers from downtown area which needs 1~1.5 hours for driving.

Yichang to Chongqing Cruise Embarkation Tips:
(1) Travelers should first gather at Yichang East Railway Station or Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal to take the arranged bus provided by the cruise company during 16:00~21:00, then transfer to Maoping Port for embarkation. (2) If you take a train to Yichang, you’d better use Yichang East Railway Station for transfer. At the exit, you’ll find the bus heading to Maoping. If you arrive early and want to do city tour in Yichang downtown, Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal will be a better choice.

Chongqing to Yichang Cruise Disembarkation Tips:
All the Yangtze cruise companies will arrange worry free tourist buses and pick you up at Three Gorges Dam Site after the dam visiting and transfer you directly to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for leave. You will arrive at Yichang downtown area around 12:30 or 13:30. We suggest you take a train after 15:30 or a flight after 16:00 for departure to next destination.

>> Check more about Yichang Maoping Port and Transportation Guide.

Useful Yichang Maps

To have a clearer understanding about the location of Yichang attractions, airport, railway stations, Maoping Port, Three Gorges Dam and Yangtze River, you can have a look at the following latest Yichang maps for your planning and visiting! All the maps are detailed, large, clear and downloadable! View all Yichang Maps >>

Our Suggested Yichang & Yangtze Cruise Tours

Yichang is served as the port city mostly for Yangtze River Cruise. You can have a short city tour in Yichang before or after cruise voyage. Moreover, Yichang is well linked with Zhangjiajie, Wuhan, Shanghai and Xian, you can extend your amazing tours for more discovery. Since we are local Yangtze cruise agency with many years’ experience, we are here offering you good Yichang & Yangtze Cruise trips at the most reasonable price. View all Yichang Tours >>

Yichang & Yangtze Cruise Tour
Yichang / Yangtze / Chongqing

5 Days Yichang Tour with Yangtze Cruise Experience

This 5-day Yangtze River Cruise begins in Yichang and ends in Chongqing. You’ll have an excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site, also visit Shennv Stream and Shibaozhai Pagoda along Three Gorges. It will be a relaxing way to see magnificent Yangtze River in great comfort.

Shanghai Yichang Yangtze Cruise Tour
Shanghai / Yichang / Yangtze / Chongqing

7 Days Shanghai & Yangtze Cruise Tour (Upstream)

Shanghai is always served as the important gateway city for Yangtze River cruise. You can easily reach Yichang by flight from Shanghai after 2-day super-modern elements exploration, then board at Maoping Port for upstream cruise leisurely sailing to Chongqing in 5 days.

Chongqing Yangtze Zhangjiajie Tour
Xian / Zhangjiajie / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing

10 Days Xian, Zhangjiajie Avatar Tour with Yangtze Cruise

In 10 days, you’ll explore China’s stunning historical sites as well as breathtaking natural scenery to the fullest. You won’t miss Terracotta Warriors, glass bridge walk over Grand Canyon, upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing with many exciting activities.

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