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Mark Shen - Our Experienced Yangtze Cruise Specialist

Yangtze Cruise Specialist


Hello, there, this is Mark from www.yangtze-river-cruises.com.

Some folks hold that travel is just to see and to experience places where people there had already been bored of. For me travel is never like that at all! If you ask me, I might say it's a journey of making what one heard, read and learned into a visual reality. Additionally, being on the road always offers you an opportunity to reveal a brand new part of yourself which hadn’t been found before.

With my professional knowledge, experiences, enthusiasm and patience, Mark is here waiting for you. As the Chinese proverb goes: To read hundreds of books, to cover million miles of road and to meet thousands of people. Let’s start to explore, to find and to gain in your Marvelous China tour! I promise to spare no effort to satisfy your needs with all my hearts. Just go!

Why not take the advantages of Mark's travel experience to design a itinerary just for you, that suits your budget and interests. His passion to serve you never fades away!

Yangtze Cruise Tips from Mark

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.

There are different cruise lines to cater different customer demands. Cruising between Chongqing and Wuhan on deluxe ships is the most popular for tourists.

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.

You cruise vacation duration is decided by the ship and itinerary you have chosen and booked.

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    Dear Mark,

    It is good to hear from you. Firstly, yes I can confirm I received the refund thank you. 

    It is also very encouraging to see chinas progress in fighting COVID-19 - thank you for the informations. I think many lessons can be learned. 

    Australia is at the beginning stage with shut downs commencing. We are hopefully that with discipline we can also overcome these challenges. My husband and I are well. We staying isolated as are many others, in an effort to avoid the virus. 

    We look forward to returning to China in the future and joining for this cruise! Maybe in 2021 (my China work contract finished so we would come back as tourists). 



    AustrailaMar 23, 2020

    Hi Mark,

    Thank you for the information. It is perfectly fine and I can understand why it will be a slow process.

    So glad to hear that the situation has improved in China. Here in US we are just starting. But I am confident that this will be over. And I will be able to visit China again.

    Please take care. It must be a very difficult time for you and the company. But I am sure we will all recover from this and come out stronger.



    AmericaMar 17, 2020

    Dear Mark,

    I have submitted my review to Trip Advisor. I have to apologize for the late reply as I was very busy last few days . 

    Overall it was an excellent arrangement by Mark who meticulously planned every detail and religiously monitoring our schedule throughout and had it executed by the caring and helpful guide Carrie. 

    We would like to place on record our heartfelt thanks to Mark and the team in Chengdu, Yichang & Zhangjiajie. 


    Teo & Lily 

    SingaporeNov 29, 2019


    Thanks for your message.

    (1) My wife and I had a very good time on our cruise -- some beautiful scenery, a nice boat, and excellent service throughout our trip. 

    (2) You and your team provided us with excellent service and were very responsive to our questions. Thank you very much for your assistance.


    USANov 11, 2019

    Hello Mark

    Thank you for your email. I apologise for the delay in replying but I have had some computer issues that took some time to resolve.

    The cruise was excellent with the onboard services (food, accommodation and services) to a very high standard. We had some excellent weather that made the scenery that much more spectacular. I would certainly recommend the Century Paragon to any of your clients.

    I have attached some pictures of some of the scenery along the trip.

    With my best regards



    (The followings are pictures shared by David.)



    Oct 21, 2019

    Dear Mark,

    Thanks a lot for your precious assistance.
    The cruise trip was excellent, included the additional excursions and the final visit to the Dam area.
    The boat was high-class as well as its lovely staff, headed by Molly (or so), always gentle and available.
    Soon I will send you some of a multitude of pictures I have taken along the way.
    I have already recommended this experience to several persons and will continue doing it.
    As for me, in a couple of years I could make a tour of southern China, Hong Kong and Macao included.
    This could be an occasion to get in touch with you again for some other tour arrangement.
    For the moment, thank you again and so long.


    Sep 05, 2019

    Hello Mark,

    Sorry for not responding to you sooner. We got back to home-California on August 19. And I have been ill for almost 2 weeks, finally I feel better.

    Yes, we had a great trip in China, except the weather-hot and humid. The Yangtze Cruise was the highlight of our trip. We really enjoyed the history and the cultural along the Yaangtze river, especially the Three Gorge Dam excursion. It was incredible to experience the engineering marvel.

    The service on the cruise was great. The arrangment of the dinning table was very thoughtful. We enjoyed our company at the same table at every meal. We appreciated being placed with others who spoke English. 

    All in all, the cruise was great. The waitress assigned to our table was fantastic. All the people on the board were friendly and helpful. We had a joyful experience on the cruise. Thank you for suggesting this ship and your attentive service. Attached are the photoes you requested. 

    Best wishes,


    (The followings are photos shared by Manyun.)




    Sep 04, 2019

    Hi Mark,

    Thank you for your email. The Yangtze cruise was wonderful. The staff on board were very helpful, accommodating and positive. The food was lovely, and the weather held up well for most of the cruise. 

    I will be back at work from tomorrow (Thursday) and will discuss further with colleagues who are interested in coming with me. 

    Thank you again for all of your assistance booking the Yangtze trip (my first ever organised tour inside China, usually I just travel on my own) and I look forward to your assistance with my Tibet trip. 

    I’ve included a few photos from the trip below. 




    (The following picture was shared by Tim)





    Jul 10, 2019

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