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Welcome to China! I am Lily from Yangtze River Cruise and very delighted to meet you here. I love travelling for travel makes stories in book come alive. Those moments of pleasure time when the wind kisses my face and a stranger gives me a smile--all become tangible memories remaining forever in my mind. Additionally there is a blessing in disguise while travelling--get what I have not expected before and not get what I expect. Travelling is one of the most efficient ways to experience, to explore and to dream a different life in our limited life.

I have visited many places and still have a list of destinations to go. Hope I could offer you a wonderful tour in China with my professional knowledge and travel experience.

Why not take the advantages of Lily'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 Lily

  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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    Lily's Happy Time in Huanglong Ancient Town
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    Lily enjoyed the great scenery of Erhai Lake
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    Shennv Stream with Primitive Gorge Scenery

    Hi Lily,

    Thank you for your emails and support.

    Firstly, I want to tell that we enjoyed our Three Gorges Cruise, it was very relaxing and we met some lovely people on board. The ship was not too large, and well-appointed and the crew were extremely helpful and filled the cruise with happy memories for us.

    The Three Gorge scenery was wonderful, and we enjoyed all the included excursions (we did not take any additional ones). We thank you also, Lily, you were very very quick in your replies to our many questions, and your arrangements were excellent. So much so that we felt very supported by you even though we were independent travellers, who were not part of a group. The high speed train transfer from Beijing to Yichiang was long, but very informative of the countryside. The return flight from Chongqing was straightforward as we were met by your agent and transferred from the ship to the airport.

    I attach some photos for your website. Feel free to use any.

    Regards

    Phil

    (The following pictures were shared by Phil)

    The Beautiful Landscape of Yangtze River

    The Beautiful Landscape of Yangtze River

    The Lovely Crew on the Ship

    The Lovely Crew on the Ship

    Other Small Ship Photoed by Phil

    Other Small Ship Photoed by Phil


    May 16, 2018

    Hi Lily,

    I would be delighted to comment on the cruise that we did.

    We found the staff very kind and extremely helpful, we found the food exceptionally good and we found the scenery wonderful.

    It was a great experience and I would strongly recommend the cruise and the ship to anyone who wants a short but very special trip. Thank you.

    Renata


    May 14, 2018

    Thank you Lily for booking the 3 gorges cruise for me. It all went smoothly, we had a lovely time. I was a little worried at first about booking through an online agent in China, but it was fine and you gave me an excellent price. I now wish I had booked some transfers or guides with you instead of struggling to do this myself! I would recommend your service.

    Regards,

    Mrs Toni Wisdom, Melbourne, Australia.


    AustraliaMay 14, 2018

    Hi Lily,

    We have just returned from a wonderful trip to China, the Yangtze River cruise on the President  8  trip arranged by Lily (China Discovery) was very efficiently arranged. She came back to us promptly and arranged additional transfers which all worked well and overall gave excellent service.

    The cruise was most enjoyable the staffs were friendly and keen to help and their English was good. Food was fine, the only recommendation would be more sun beds on the upper deck are needed. You should be aware you only really have 2 full days on the river as you board in the evening and leave early on the final day for an excursion.

    We did upgrade our room when we got on the boat and would be recommended,  more room and bigger balcony was nice.

    Lovely trip well organized by Lily and China Discovery

    Liz and Dave


    May 11, 2018

    Good morning,

    My 5 star review was sent to TripAdvisor on March 23, 2018:

    https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g294213-d4273160-r568337710-Yangtze_River_Cruise-Chongqing.html

    I hope it's acceptable.

    Hanna

    (Hanna's 5 star review on TripAdvisor)

    Hanna's 5 star review on TripAdvisor

    Hanna's 5 star review on TripAdvisor


    May 10, 2018

    Hi Lily,

    Our hostel in Chongqing called the ship phone so it was no problem to find the right pier. Cruise and transport to the train station were perfect organized and we had a great trip.

    Thanks for everything.

    Kind regards,

    Jonathan


    May 06, 2018

    Thanks Lily,

    I did arrive in Chongqing again...I manage to get the single room because of the kindness of the Directir and Manager of the cruise.

    Thanks and regards,

    Boedi Poerwoko


    May 04, 2018

    Hello, Lily,

    We would like to send our evaluation based on the form.

    1. Lily's answers were prompt and she was patient to arrange our tour answering our questions.

    2. Our tour itinerary was excellent satisfying our interests.

    3. Certainly we are willing to recommend your service. Your service was thorough.

    4. You were easy to communicate with email and the payment method was good. Your travel consultant and local guides are reliable. The guides spoke sufficient English and were knowledgeable about the areas.

    5. It would be good that the local guides give us the simple map and written programs for the day and any important notes.

    6.  Please use our evaluation for your marketing, but not photos.  We are not good at photography.

    7.  We wouldn't like to be contacted by unknown people. Our evaluation shows your customer service is good.


    Mar 17, 2018

    Yes we did the tour and I will put something on the website.

    Just letting you know that the accommodations in Xian were great and our guide there was so kind Kimi. He showed us around and was very kind.

    The cruise was fine but the tours we did pretty low rent n the scale.


    Mar 14, 2018

    Dear Lily,

    Sorry it took so long to reply I have been very busy.

    First of all I would like to thank you (Lily) personally for helping me book my cruise. I appreciated your advice, professional efficient and friendly approach, it was very much appreciated! The booking process was easy to follow and communications simple and effective. Well done!

    Good points

    Very kind crew and staff who looked after me whilst I was on the cruise. Staff were highly motivated and customer focused. I would like to thank bar staff on the 5th floor and Reception. I would also like to put in a special thanks to ERIN (dining room) who was very approachable and an exemplary host and ensured I had a comfortable time on board. ERIN is a good advert for the company!!!

    For those on busy tours of China (like me)the Yangtse cruise was a good chance for a respite from all the travelling and to see the Gorges and Chinas varied landscapes.

    Although I was only one of two Europeans on board- the cruise was a great opportunity to mix with Chinese passengers who like to have a good time and were very kind to me.

    I wear a leg brace and have mobility problems and found the visit to the Dam interesting but difficult and missed going to the Ghost City. I did enjoy enormously the visit to the little Gorges and the ride in the sanpan. On the whole the guides were informative.

    Kind Regards

    John

    P.S. my travel profile is:- (62 year old independent traveller from UK who wears leg brace and has mobility problems. My tour of China included:- Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yangste River, Xi'an, Beijing).


    UKDec 18, 2017

    Dear Lily,

    Sorry it took so long to reply I have been very busy.

    First of all I would like to thank you (Lily) personally for helping me book my cruise. I appreciated your advice, professional efficient and friendly approach, it was very much appreciated! The booking process was easy to follow and communications simple and effective. Well done!

    Good points

    Very kind crew and staff who looked after me whilst I was on the cruise. Staff were highly motivated and customer focused. I would like to thank bar staff on the 5th floor and Reception. I would also like to put in a special thanks to ERIN (dining room) who was very approachable and an exemplary host and ensured I had a comfortable time on board. ERIN is a good advert for the company!!!

    For those on busy tours of China (like me)the Yangtse cruise was a good chance for a respite from all the travelling and to see the Gorges and Chinas varied landscapes.

    Although I was only one of two Europeans on board- the cruise was a great opportunity to mix with Chinese passengers who like to have a good time and were very kind to me.

    I wear a leg brace and have mobility problems and found the visit to the Dam interesting but difficult and missed going to the Ghost City. I did enjoy enormously the visit to the little Gorges and the ride in the sanpan. On the whole the guides were informative.

    Kind Regards

    John

    P.S. my travel profile is:- (62 year old independent traveller from UK who wears leg brace and has mobility problems. My tour of China included:- Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yangste River, Xi'an, Beijing).


    UKDec 18, 2017

    Hello Miss Lily,

    Thank you for arranging our trip on the Century Diamond. We had a wonderful time.

    Best regards,

    Elizabeth


    UKDec 16, 2017

    Hello Miss Lily,

    Thank you for arranging our trip on the Century Diamond. We had a wonderful time.

    Best regards,

    Elizabeth


    UKDec 16, 2017

    Hi Lily,

    We enjoyed the 3 Gorges cruise, the cabin was great we decided not to go for the upgrade.

    The food on board was good with a mixture of local and western food.

    We didnt do any of the extra excursions, we managed to do the ghost town on our own perfectly easy.

    The guide for the Red Pagoda was brilliant.

    My only criticism is we didnt like not being allowed off the boat unless we were doing the excursion. On the plus side we learnt how to play maj jong with Andy Li.

    I think more information is needed for independent travellers especially about leaving the boat (there was a bit of confusion about where we were getting dropped off)

    All in all a good trip which we enjoyed and would recommend.

    The communication from Lily was excellent.

    Jeannette and Bryan

    (The following picture was shared by Jeannette and Bryan)

    Yangtze River Cruise - Shore Excursion

    Jeannett & Bryan Visiting Yangtze River Cruise


    Jul 20, 2017

    Hi Lily,

    We enjoyed the 3 Gorges cruise, the cabin was great we decided not to go for the upgrade.

    The food on board was good with a mixture of local and western food.

    We didnt do any of the extra excursions, we managed to do the ghost town on our own perfectly easy.

    The guide for the Red Pagoda was brilliant.

    My only criticism is we didnt like not being allowed off the boat unless we were doing the excursion. On the plus side we learnt how to play maj jong with Andy Li.

    I think more information is needed for independent travellers especially about leaving the boat (there was a bit of confusion about where we were getting dropped off)

    All in all a good trip which we enjoyed and would recommend.

    The communication from Lily was excellent.

    Jeannette and Bryan

    (The following picture was shared by Jeannette and Bryan)

    Yangtze River Cruise - Shore Excursion

    Jeannett & Bryan Visiting Yangtze River Cruise


    Jul 20, 2017

    Hi Lily,

    Everything went well. We had a last minute change of plan because my wife was not feeling well in the morning. The tour guide Diana was very understanding. We ended up just having a tour of the Chongqing zoo to see the pandas. Then Diana took us to the pier and walked us all the way to our boat for our Yangtze River Cruise. The price includes the fees for two Porter's to carry our luggages all the way to the ship which definitely saved us a lot of work. We weren't expecting this.

    Also the transfer service at Yichang from the boat to the airport also went well despite the boat arriving late due to weather.

    Service is highly recommend.

    Tin Chee Kam


    USAJul 12, 2017

    Hi Lily,

    Everything went well. We had a last minute change of plan because my wife was not feeling well in the morning. The tour guide Diana was very understanding. We ended up just having a tour of the Chongqing zoo to see the pandas. Then Diana took us to the pier and walked us all the way to our boat for our Yangtze River Cruise. The price includes the fees for two Porter's to carry our luggages all the way to the ship which definitely saved us a lot of work. We weren't expecting this.

    Also the transfer service at Yichang from the boat to the airport also went well despite the boat arriving late due to weather.

    Service is highly recommend.

    Tin Chee Kam


    USAJul 12, 2017

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