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Lyn Wong - Professional Yangtze Cruise Advisor

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Traveling is one of life’s great joys. To see around this world through my own eyes has always been my most romantic dream. When I was growing up, I have been to Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chengdu, Tibet, Xian, etc. Through traveling, I have learnt to live in the moment, appreciate what I have and enjoy the unexpected.

My dear friends, this is Lyn from Chengdu Bamboo International Tours. I'll be dedicated to help you work out a perfect travel plan, and provide a quality premium experience during your journey as well as create a lifetime of memories for you in China. I'm here, I'm waiting for you.

See my blog & my customers' travel stories:

Cruise with Lyn: 5 Days Upstream Yangtze Cruise with Victoria Lianna
Cruise with Paul: Nine Popular Cities & Relaxing Yangtze Cruise for 22 Days in China

Why not take the advantages of Lyn'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 Lyn

The "best" depends on what you are more concerned about, weather or price. To most visitors,the best best time for natural scenery 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. For the biggest discount, winter period, usually December to the next January or early February are top reccommended. Also, July to August for summer vacation also offer some discounts for families with student children.

There are different cruise lines to cater different customer demands. Cruise between Chongqing and Yichang is the most classic and golden route to appreciate the famous Three Gorges view. Besides, if interested in discovering more nature, culture, history and economy in cities along the Yangtze, cruising between Shanghai and Chongqing, Shanghai and Wuhan, Chongqing and Wuhan, etc. are recommended for special savory. (note: cruise routes are changed every year.)

Upstream means sailing from lower part of river to the up to the higher part of the river. It usually takes one more day and spares more time onboard for leisure activities, lectures, 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. Besides, upstream cruise prices may be a little higher than that of the downstream cruise for some companies.

You cruise vacation duration usually is about 4 to 5 days for the Chongqing Yichang sailing route, which is decided by the ship and itinerary you have chosen and booked. For the longer Chongqing Shanghai cruise route, it usually needs 11 to 15 days for different ships.

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    See What My Customers Say & See!

    From Verena: A small appreciation for all the extra-effort you do. If I may give one feedback then I think the immediate response time of yours is the best I’ve ever seen.

    From Paul: Arrived back in SH. It was really a great Tibet trip, thank you for the organization! This morning was a bit stressful because Purdu overslept and asked us to wait for him for no apparent reason and we almost missed the flight. Anyway. It was really great overall!

    GermanyAug 08, 2021

    Hi Rosalyn,

    Our Zhengzhou tour was wonderful and Shirley a great guide. We enjoyed it a lot.

    Thanks a lot for the organization.


    DeutschJun 22, 2021

    Dear Lyn,

    We had a wonderful trip and are very happy altogether. Everything worked out very well.

    In Zhangjiajie we were a little bit unlucky with the weather (no one can change that) and with the masses travelling (also something that cannot be changed). Because of the latter I am very glad that you suggested to visit the Gorge on arrival day already, we would never have made it on the second day (and it would have been in pouring rain).

    The river cruise was excellent; although it being pretty expensive we most certainly appreciated the special treatment we received due to booking “executive”.

    So I have already recommended this trip to colleagues and friends.

    Unfortunately you do not offer any cruises on other parts of the river as far as I know.

    Thanks for all your support before the trip (and for getting us out of the broom-closet in Zhangjiajie:)


    DeutschMay 14, 2021

    Hey Lynn!

    The cruise was great, the scenery of the three gorges is really stunning.

    Staff was very kind and caring, I was very amazed by that especially cruise manager Vincent Yi.

    They kept making announcements in english eventhough we were only 2 non-chinese speakers onboard... That was great service!

    The mood and style of the cruising company is definitely chinese as you advised me at the really beginning when you better advertised Century for foreigners... But everything remains very enjoyable. Even food was always provided with simple western dishes as pizza/pasta and toasts breads.


    FrenchMay 10, 2021

    Dear Mrs / Mr.

    I am a German who is living and working in Shanghai since 3 years now. I do write this E-Mail because I don`t like to post in social media but wanted strongly to give you an feedback.

    I made a vacation trip with your company from 25th of April to the 2nd May. Starting in Shanghai to the Avatar Mountains and then to Yichang to board Century Glory for a river cruise to Chongqing. From there back to Shanghai. I was very positively surprised about the trip. It was a lot better than I expected. It felt from the first to the last moment like a real vacation with no worries. I am very glad I made this trip. It was very interesting also good well planned trips from board or program on board. All crew members very nice, friendly and helpful. Everybody spoke at least a little English, so I had no problems at all. The cabins, food etc. excellent and always clean.

    Please give my very big ;Thank you; to Mrs. Lyn Wang of your company who made all the arrangements for me of having my best vacation trip in China. She never got tired when I had questions or wanted to change something. She always came up with the best solutions.

    I did recommend taking a river cruise to all my friends and working colleagues with your company.

    Best regards

    Joachim Becker

    DeutschMay 06, 2021

    Dear Rosalyn,

    Good morning! The cruise changed a lot compared to my first time. I think major influences are the changing environment if Yangtze, different program, and much less foreigners. You might know that foreigners usually enjoy different programs with more physical activity (more hiking than shopping) and enjoy are more silent surrounding. So let’s say this cruise is probably meanwhile more for Chinese nationals than expats/foreigners but most important is I could see the changes of Yangtze over the last more than 10 years and we also found some new friends.

    I want to especially thank you for the great service you provided, the super quick feedback and always checking in with me. It’s exceptional and you have my deepest thanks for that. Do you/your agency also offer other trips? Would be glad to find more cooperation.

    I hope you also could enjoy some nice holidays!!!


    DeutschApr 26, 2021

    Hi Lyn, I had a good time once I upgraded my room. The room I had was a futon like bed that I would’ve had difficulty getting up from, barely any outlets and a too small shower. Also, the food in the main dining room was just okay. We ate in the VIP room the last night which the food was much better but it should be served as the regular food. The excursions were good. The staff was amazing. They checked in on us regularly and made sure we had English guides when leaving the boat. They took great care of us.


    USAApr 19, 2021

    Dear Lyn,

    Thank you. We upgraded our cabins the executive suites and had a wonderful time!


    (The following picture was shared by Narelle)

    Happy China Trip

    Happy China Trip

    AustraliaOct 10, 2020

    Dear Ms. Wang, 

    Thanks for your email. My wife Tracy and I think of you often during the present crisis. We are very glad we were able to visit beautiful China last year, well before the present Corona Virus outbreak. It was a fantastic trip you put together for us with some very good hotels and wonderful guides and drivers. The hotel we settled on for Beijing was great and in a superb location, and Amy, our guide was the best.  The hotel in Ping Yao Ancient City was one of the best we have stayed at, ever, and the town itself was an amazing time capsule - similar to Williamsburg Virginia in the United States, or Louisbourg Nova Scotia in Canada. The hotel in Xian was also Outstanding, as was the hotel in Shanghai. Great drivers, too, in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, and the Luxury SUV in Shanghai was great (in wonderful contrast to the terrible train ride and unacceptable reception and vehicle we received on arrival in Shanghai... vehicle in Ping Yao was also below expectations.) 

    Luoyang was also amazing, the only drawback there was the quality and location of the hotel. Excellent Museum, World Class. Amazing Grottos and Shao Lin Temple. We did try to do too much on our last day there. Had we cut out the last visit on the itinerary and taken an earlier train (and from a station further down the line instead of returning to Luoyang?) we might have had a better China Rail experience (which on other segments was pretty close to perfect.)  Wang Family Compound was Amazing.  (But that was Xian, yes?)

    Thanks again for your concern for us during out trip while we were in China, then, and for our welfare as we deal with the Corona virus in the United States, now.  We are very glad to hear that you are well and that the Crisis is close to its conclusion there. 

    We are currently under "voluntary quarantine" for the last week or so, expected to continue so at least for the next two weeks.  Essential travel only, which includes going to the grocery stores and pharmacies, which are still open, or to pick up from restaurants which are all now close except for carryout or delivery only.  Who knows how long this may take. I hope we will be able to handle as well as you have in China, if not better, and that all of us worldwide will see an end to the present crisis soon.  Although the world will never be the same again. Hopefully for the better.

    Best wishes to You and Yours; Thanks Again for a Great Trip to China last year and for thinking of us in the current crisis now.

    Sincerely,  Henry and Tracy

    Mar 24, 2020

    HI Lyn

    Thanks for your suggestions. We are so happy to hear that China has come out of the crises in such a short time.. We are still struggling here.  We wish you and your family as well as China Discovery staff all the best.. 


    Mar 21, 2020

    Dear Ms. Lyn Wang,

    We are all doing well. Hope you and your family and friends are fine, too.

    This is indeed a moment of great apprehension all over the world. 

    We are aware of the news worldwide and our governors are taking severe measures to fight this terrible and deadly virus. The number of people who have contracted the virus is increasing here and surely your suggestions are very useful.

    Thank you for thoughtfulness and attention. I will certainly send my friends your kind words.

    I hope things get better soon.

    Best regards,

    Carmen Dominguez.

    Mar 21, 2020

    Hi Lyn

    We received all the lovely pandas. Thank u very much. We enjoyed our trip very much. Jason is very pleasant and helpful.


    CanadaNov 15, 2019

    Dear Lyn, 

    It is good to hear from you. We wanted to say a very big thank you for everything. All arrangements you made for us were perfect and all went very well. We loved the Yangtze Cruise. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The scenery was beautiful and the food amazing. We will definitely use you again for any further trips to China and I have already recommended you to friends visiting next year. 

    Thank you So much as you made our holiday very special. The guides were fantastic and very informative. We loved China and do hope we can visit again. 


    Oct 06, 2019

    Hi Lyn,
    Thank you for your email. We have now returned from our most interesting trip to China.
    My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our cruise aboard Yangtze 8.
    Unfortunately my wife had to return to Australia for medical reasons before the cruise and was not able to come with us.
    The highlights - Andrew and I  particularly enjoyed the Little Three Gorges excursion and the Mini Three Gorges option as well. We chose the upstairs dining option and appreciated the quieter meals and friendly, helpful staff there.
    I have included a couple of our pictures which you are welcome to use if you wish. I would recommend this cruise to others and thank you for your assistance in arranging our booking beforehand.
    Kind regards,


    (The followings are pictures shared by Ross.)




    Aug 01, 2019

    Dear Lyn,

    Thank you for the perfect organization of our trip, we really enjoyed it. I posted a lot of pictures at Facebook and I hope people will discover China and its image among Israelis will improve.

    We very appreciate our guides, they were very pleasant and helpful, and our drivers-we felt comfortable and safe.

    I will recommend your company to our friends.

    Best regards


    Jul 12, 2019

    Dear Lyn,

    Thank you.

    My parents enjoyed their time in China and on the cruise a lot. They were very well taken care of! Greetings,



    GermanyApr 28, 2019

    Hi Lyn,

    We had a wonderful time! The entire tour was beyond our expectation. Starting with Nancy from Chengdu, wonderful patient lady with good command of English. Our bullet train was great and the cruise was fantastic, great service, even even upgraded our cabin to suite. Our guide Charlie helped us for a nominal amount. He is very funny the great gorges museum was wonderful. The highlight of the trip was the three gorges lift which was optional tour every penny was worth it

    I will definitely recommend you and your tour agency to my friends , we can’t stop talking about I to everyone we just arrived safely in manila today , also Nancy from Yichang was also great took us on a stroll along the river park and helped us at the airport , I will share some pictures soon take care and good luck Manny and babes (Aida).


    USAMar 05, 2019

    Hi Wing,

    Thank you very much for your email. Yes we have arrived home safely for over 1 week now. We would like to express our gratitude towards you for arranging the river cruise, the high speed train tickets and the car/driver/tour guide from Chongqing cruise terminal to airport. The cruise ship Century Diamond was safe and clean and all staff on board are courteous and efficient. The young lady serving in the VIP dining room was in particular excellent.

    Here I would like to convey special thanks to our guide from the Chongqing cruise terminal to the airport. Her name is Fiona Liu (劉瑤). Flight flying out of Chongqing to Guangdong cities were totally paralysed on 16/9/18 due to typhoon arriving at the time. Although Ms Liu’s duty was to see us through check-in only, she had taken special efforts to see us put up in a hotel in Chongqing by China Southern until seats were available to continue our journey. Her comforting words at the time were God-send for an elderly couple like us. Please kindly pass on our sincere thanks to her.

    Finally we are happy to see everything in China going so well and all people working in all trades are striving to make this great country even greater. We salute you all!

    With kind regards,

    Christina and Cary

    Oct 01, 2018

    Hi Lyn,

    We have returned home on Wed early morning after the Yangtze River Cruise on Century Paragon. We have enjoyed the upstream cruise tremendously and thanks for making it possible for both of us. Our request for the choice of executive suite was acceded and we have had a comfortable stay on board the cruise ship (Day 1 Pic). The cruise ship managers, Jeffery and Nancy were helpful and friendly. They provided us with good advice and suggestions and there was never a dull moment on the cruise ship. We were treated with Captain's Bridge Tour (Wheel House) on Day 4 and it was an eye-opening experience. We got to see what's the captain does behind the wheel.

    The shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam and the Ship Lift, boat excursion to the Goddess Stream and land excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda were enjoyable. We would like to share five pictures  with you and you may place our feedback/comments and the 5 pictures at your website. We will recommend your cruise service to friends and family if they are keen on a cruise holiday.

    Thank you

    Au Sisters

    AustraliaSep 27, 2018

    Dear Mrs. Wang,

    We just got back home and we want to thank you once again for your help in organizing our China trip.

    The cruise has been very interesting and we learned so much about the country and the people.

    It has been a memorable experience also thanks to our exceptional guide, Kevin Bao, who accompanied us in Beijing.

    Many thanks and all the best for your future!

    Kind regards

    Elena & Willy Noser

    SwitzerlandAug 28, 2018

    Thanks very much Lyn. Everything was excellent and we enjoy very much the cruise. Certainly we will recommend you and your office. 

    Kind regards Pedro Ramirez

    May 15, 2018

    Dear Lyn,

    good evening from Italy!

    Sadly our China trip is now over and we will surely miss the days cruising on the Yangtze river. We are already recommending to our friends a cruise on the Yangtze, if they ever decide to travel to China and stay assured that we are also recommending them to book it on yangtze-river-cruises.com.

    Thank you again for your support and organisation. Everything went just perfectly smooth: from the pick up at the airport, the cruise and all the transfers.

    Best wishes

    Davide and Stefano

    Nov 14, 2017

    Hello Lyn !

    I returned to Canada just yesterday after a wonderful 3 week journey through China and Mongolia.

    I must say that the highlight of the whole trip was the 4-day-3-night cruise down the Yangtze ! The 'Century Sun' is a very modern cruise ship that provides an excellent level of service and comfort for a relatively modest cost. There was a good mix of western travellers, tour groups and Chinese passengers on board the ship so it was also a very good 'multi-cultural' travel experience as well. All the officers and crew on the ship worked very hard to make sure that every passenger enjoyed their 4 days on the Yangtse: the cabins were extremely comfortable and well appointed, the ship was kept spotlessly clean, the buffet meals were really exceptional and the shore excursions and side-trips only added to the overall excellence of the cruise. It was an outstanding travel experience and I would have no hesitation in recommending you, Tibet Discovery or Yangtse-River-Cruises to anyone.

    It was unfortunate that my original plan to travel to Tibet had to be cancelled but the cruise down the Yangtse more than made up for that initial disappointment.

    I would like to record my appreciation for the very efficient and professional manner in which (you) have handled all aspects of my booking and ticketing. You are a fine ambassador for your company and deserve every credit for providing a first-class level of service and complete customer satisfaction. I am very grateful.

    With all good wishes


    Nov 09, 2017

    Dear Mrs. Lyn Wang,

    Since two weeks I am back home and I would like to let you know that everything regarding your organization of my Yangtze-River-Cruise, worked out perfectly!

    I was so happy that you had organised two guides to pick me up in Yichang and later in Chongqing! Without them I really would have had some complications....

    Especially Mr. David in Chongqing was very nice. I really enjoyed the cruise very much, and of course, later on Shanghai as well.

    I would like to thank you once again for your contribution to make my trip an unforgettable and very intresting experience!

    Best wishes and kindest regards,


    Oct 22, 2017

    Dear Ms. Lyn Wang,

    back in Germany I can tell you that all around the cruise worked well.

    The two guides were friendly and helpful.

    Kind regards


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    Sep 18, 2017

    Hi Lyn,

    we are in Beijing now. Had an amazing trip. So great, had so much fun!Wonderful tour, everthing went so smooth and wa organised. Thank you so much. Iwill give 5 stars! I am so happy to have you arranging everything.


    Aug 28, 2017

    Hi dear Lyn,

    Yes, we returned from China yesterday afternoon with lots of precious memories about your beautiful country and wonderful people.

    I am going to depart to Cuba tonight, and my wife is flying to USA in a few days. So, you can expect from me more on my return to Istanbul after September 9th. I have lots to tell you - beautiful things - and I will of course share pictures and information about our days there. I will also ask your Tripadvisor - or any - link so that I can write my impressions of China and this particular tour there.

    For the time being, I and my wife would like to express our thanks to you and your company and all involved in making our trip so enjoyable and comfortable.

    You will hear from me in the second half of September.

    All my best.


    Aug 25, 2017

    Hi Lyn

    I have just returned to Australia after my cruise on the Paragon boat and would like to write a review about our cruise could you please give me the links to do this. It was a great cruise and the crew were very friendly and helpful, especially the cruise manager Leo.



    AustraliaJul 04, 2017

    Hi Lyn

    Now back home in NZ

    The tickets worked out fine when I went to the station

    We had a great time in China, apart from too many steps.

    The cruise was good and gave use some time to relax.

    Thanks for all your help



    New ZealandApr 28, 2017

    Hi Lyn,

    I am fine and thanks for connecting. Our trip and cruise went really nice! all instructions provided went good ...

    I will defiantly recommend your company and yourself to my friends

    Our trip to China was great and we as family were very happy with the trip.



    Apr 25, 2017

    Dear Lyn,

    Thank you Lyn for all your help.

    There are my feedbacks

    1.How about your tour arrangements?

    Very clear and straightforward

    2. Are you willing to recommend our service to those who would like to come to China?


    3. Your general opinion on us?

    Great service. Lyn was helpful and prompt in replying at every point.

    4. What will be your suggestions regarding how to improve our services?

    The only difficulty we had was getting to the dock from the train station. Perhaps a clearer message about what is involved, dealing with taxi drivers, etc, would be good.


    Nov 09, 2016

    Hi Lyn!

    Then we are back in Norway after 3 weeks in China. We had a great time also on the cruise. I have recommended you at tripadvisor already.(-:

    I think your service was excellent, everything went smoothly.

    The cruise was really fun, even with bad weather. The cruise personell took very good care of us, we felt really welcome. We were only 3 weastern guest at the ship, and even if I and my husband managed without talking to any other guest, it would be my advice for you to give some information (if you can) about the guest profiles on the boat to other western clients.

    I will absolutely recommend your services to everybody!

    Thank you!

    Best regards,


    (The following pictures were all shared by Anne)

    Yangtze River Night View

    Anne Visiting Yangtze River Night View

    Yangtze River Rruise

    Anne Visiting Yangtze River Cruise

    Yangtze River View

    Anne Visiting Yangtze River

    NorwayNov 09, 2016

    Hi Lyn,

    Everything went well on the cruise. I am glad we took the time to do that trip between busy days in Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing. The cruise was as expected and we had no problems. Food was good, ship was very clean, service was good, tours from ship were good, etc.

    The taxi driver who took us from the airport to the dock in Chongqing did not know where he was going but stopped to get directions. After the cruise we stayed at the Crown Plaza in Yichang and flew to Beijing the next day. No problems.

    You were most helpful and I would certainly recommend you to others.


    Oct 03, 2016

    Hi Lyn

    Thank you for email. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip, and I will reply to your email properly and answer your questions when I am home in NZ and have access to my computer at the weekend.

    Kind regards


    New ZealandOct 02, 2016


    Sorry for my late reply.

    My dad got sick, he is getting better now.

    I have everything on a journal, but all in Dutch, maybe you can translate it via bing.com/translate?

    I am almost finished with the online page and then I will send you the link, also included some pictures.

    We are so happy with you and the services.

    We would definitely recommend you and/or your office to others.

    On the below 4 question I will come back later to you.

    Thank you for everything and hope we see again in the future.


    Rosalie and family.

    Sep 29, 2016


    Booking for cruise was fine.

    Information that would be useful to us will be the upgrade info that was offered and optional dinner on first nite when no included.

    We did end up upgrading to higher floor and also the meal package. However as we only knew about the package and cost on checkin, there was limited options for the room /floor selection.

    They were very nice to take care of us when we told them we were celebrating our 18th anniversary. They sent a cake to our table at dinner - unexpected surprise and lovely gesture. When we cruise in the US, usually we get wine at table. Since our upgraded meal included wine, the cake was very nice as we could share with other guests and make new friends.

    Yes, I would recommend your service to our friends traveling to China.

    Mona Ingram

    Sep 29, 2016

    Dear Lyn,

    How are you? 

    The organisation you and your agency gave me was outstanding 10/10! And I will not hesitate not even once to recommend you to my friends. I just wanted to thank you for all again and hope we can get in touch in the future!

    Very kind regards!


    Jun 27, 2016


    Sorry for delay in getting back to  you.

    We had a fantastic trip. Both guides in Yichang and Chongqing were excellent. Good knowledge of their cities. 

    I really appreciate the great service you provided in making all our arrangements. It made our travel very simple

    The staff on the Century Sun did an excellent job. 

    We certainly will  make use of your agency when we return to China for another vacation trip.

    Again, Many thanks for your help



    Jun 22, 2016

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