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Hi, I am Tracy from Yangtze-river-cruises.com. I love traveling, and the most attractive parts for me during trips are to see different things, to meet different people, and to have different experiences. All those make me a better person who love life and enjoy life.

I dream to travel around the world, and I have always been doing this. Would you like to come with me? I am here and would like to be helpful.

But what most interests me is to listen to you, my dear customers, about your trips. I shall listen to you from the beginning to the end. Before and during your trip, I shall listen to all your needs, no matter how trivial they are and try my best to meet them. After your trip, I shall listen to you sharing your traveling experience about people, food, history, religion etc. Listening whole heartedly to you all the time is my constant promise.

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Why not take the advantages of Tracy'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 Tracy

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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    Hi Tracy!

    The tour to Qingdao was as expected, a really nice and good trip.
    Both the guides hade good knowledge about the things and the English was good.
    A small disappointment was the lunch on Saturday (KFC) but it was the only choice at Laoshan mountain (no other restaurant).
    The lunch on Sunday on beer street was good, with local food.
    We where able to try a lot of different Tsingtao beer even in plastic bag!

    We really enjoy the trip to Qingdao.

    Best regards Per

    SwedenJun 17, 2021

    Hello Tracy!

    Thank you for the good arrangement on our trip.

    Let see your questions:

    Guide (Chongqing and Yichang):

    o The guides was good and hade good knowledge about the subject/area. o The food was really good (Lunch).


    o The ship standard ok.
    o The included restaurant to crowded and the food was “little too much Chines”. But this was easy solved, we upgrade to the “wester restaurant” to get our own table and less people. I think you shall recommend western people to go for that from the beginning
    o The included sighting was good and the guides was good, had good knowledge about the subject/area.
    o Over all good cruise.


    o Both hotels really good standard.
    o Good location on both hotels.

    Overall we are really satisfied with the trip you have arranged for us also this time.

    It’s so convenient when you have arranged the trip with pic up from air port and deliver to the next destination with some interesting things to look on between.

    So now the big question is where to go next time?
    I have at least one more year in China (hopefully more)

    Best regards Per

    SwedenApr 01, 2021

    Everything on the ship was great!

    USAMar 22, 2021

    Good morning Tracy,

    I just want to tell you that we had a great trip. Our guide Timo is the best guide we have had. He made this trip perfect with his nice personality, very good English and his very good knowledge about everything. His choice of lunch and dinner places was perfect. He took really good care of us! Thank you for all your support. Everything went without any problems.


    SwedishNov 23, 2020


    Beijing is fine. Tour guide and driver excellent. Hotel good but inconvenient with luggage. Food service poor. Great Wall and d sights excellent Thanks for all the help
    Food in Gubei Water Town is excellent. Good choices. Food hotel cold breakfast. Take 3 bus to get to hotel. Drag luggage over road. Guide help us a lot. He is excellent


    (The following picture was shared by Graham)

    Happy China Trip

    Graham and His Friend from South Africa visited the Great Wall in Beijing on November 14, 2020, tour tailormade by Tracy

    Happy China Trip

    Graham and His Friend from South Africa visited Gubei Water Town in Beijing on November 13, 2020, tour tailormade by Tracy

    South AfricanNov 16, 2020

    Dear Tracy,

    Trip good- all home safely!! Thanks

    Mr. Graham Mac Donald

    South African Oct 05, 2020

    Dear Tracy

    thank you for remembering of us.

    Our contemporary art exhibitions in Beijing and Xi’an have been delayed by Chinese and Italian authorities, but not cancelled.

    Therefore, we must wait to visit China again, but we believe we could do it later on, hopefully in September next (provided we survive).

    We will get in touch, as soon as we can.

    Best regards


    Mar 16, 2020

    Hi Tracy,

    Great to hear from you!  We have some diving and a cruise planned the last week of April to first week of May to Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire in the Caribbean which we hope is not cancelled. We are now completing a two week ski vacation in the local mountains, and we have gotten a good work out.  Just a couple days left and we'll consider winter over.  So far, so good here...we hope to be healthy and strong when the virus visits us.  It is not smallpox, polio, or ebola but some challenge is presented. You know best about that...how is it affecting people you know? Panic is never productive, but, challenges must be faced, especially when unavoidable. I would be interested in how you and your friends are coping with coronavirus, perhaps I can learn from you. One thing I really like about Chinese culture and society is their interest in learning from others, which I hope to do the same with you.

    Remember, our house is your house if you ever come to the USA. We are booked this year as we have another two week dive vacation planned at St Kitts in the Caribbean in November. Hope to show my wife some Wudang Tai Chi next time I visit, and my son is interested in Tibet, especially Mt Everest.  

    Everything in God's timing, and we are always blessed to hear from you.

    Bob, Betty and Joshua Butler

    AmericaMar 06, 2020

    Hi Tracy,

    Everything was great!



    USAJan 03, 2020

    Dear Tracy,

    Thank you very much the cruise was excellent, the staff really friendly and the food was great. We had a great time and will recommend you to our friends.


    Oct 25, 2019

    Thanks Tracy,

    We are on our way home. We don't want to leave! Been an absolutely wonderful holiday!

    Definitely. Amazing service. Treated like VIPs. Thank you so much. Made very special memories.  


    Sep 04, 2019

    Hello Tracy,

    I am looking back to an amazing holiday in Tibet. You are a big reason of that holiday for me. I appreciate your work and help very much.


    Jun 13, 2019

    Hello Tracy,

    The cruise was very good, and we thank you for your advises. The crew, the boat, the food and the attractions and spectacles were good, and we spent a good time during the cruise.

    We enjoyed the cruise very much in general.

    Thank you very much for all , and maybe for your return about our remarks.
    Bset Regards

    May 01, 2019

    Hi Tracy,

    Just to let you know we had a wonderful trip to China and thoroughly enjoyed the Yangtze River Cruise on the Victoria Jenna. All your planning went like clockwork.   Many thanks for all your help.


    Apr 29, 2019

    Hi Tracy,

    The cruse was fantastic and a welcome break in our busy tour of China.

    The boat was lovely and the cabins really comfortable. The staff were amazing, really helpful and polite. We upgraded to the upper floor dining area which was once and relaxed for meal times. We also used the Spa and the treatments were excellent.

    The cruise itself was great, the 3 gorges scenery was stunning. The trips were also pleasant and interesting.

    I’d highly recommend to anyone touring China.



    EnglandMar 04, 2019

    Good morning Tracy,

    Thank you for following up on our Hangzhou tour.

    Yes, we had a very wonderful time with Autumn and Mr. Ma, the driver. It was raining the whole day, which did not dampen our spirit because of Autumn's happy personality.

    Best Regards,

    Mrs. Joaquin

    AmericaJun 07, 2018


    Tracy. Sorry for my late response.

    To be honest, everything was above my expectations.

    The only thing I can have a little complaint about was the situation at Chongqing port. Traffic was a complete mess, and the walk to the ship was almost training for the Olympics.

    But I have to make you a complement, and also everybody else behind the scenes, arrangements were perfect from beginning to the end.

    Thank you, and I will recommend yangtze-river-cruises to everybody interested.

    Cheers, André

    May 28, 2018

    Dear Tracy,

    The cruise was excellent!!

    Everything was well organized from airport pick up until airport drop off !!

    Thank you very much

    Best regards,

    Arthur Jansma

    Apr 27, 2018

    Hello Tracy,

    It’s no problem I was intending to drop you a note.

    First of all the guides who met us from the train at Yichang, and then took us from the boat to the airport at Chongqing were exceptional. Both times they were on time, knowledgeable about the area and very helpful including assisting us right onto the boat and then helping us to check in at the airport.

    The crew on the boat were also excellent, especially Rebecca, Christina and Maggie but all were friendly and very helpful. I told the Captain his crew are a credit to him (I hope it translated well!)

    The boat itself was very clean. Although maybe not as luxurious as some of the other boats it seemed to be a bit smaller which means easier to get on and off etc.

    I am very glad that we upgraded 2 decks. That meant we ate our meals and had access at other times to the executive lounge which was much nicer than the main restaurant, the meals were table service and house wine, beer and soda drinks were included. It was also nice being on a higher deck for the views etc. and Wi-Fi is also included. I would recommend that anyone considering this cruise takes up that offer.

    It seems that the cruise is slightly different now that the docking point has been moved from Yichang upstream past the dam. That means that the first excursion is also from the boat dock and the boat does not depart until the night time of the 2nd day. I think you should make that clear. It seems that all the other western travelers took the optional excursion on a boat through the dam lift. We went on the bus tour of the dam with a group of Chinese people who treated us as honored guests and the guide made special efforts to keep us involved. However you might want to make clear to western travelers that it is a possibility.

    The other two excursions were also good, especially the boat through the gorges.

    The other thing you may want to make clear is that there are quite a lot of steps to climb and walking to embark and disembark the boat at each end and for the excursions so guests need to have a reasonable level of mobility.

    Hope that is helpful, I will definitely come to you in future if we consider a future trip.

    Regards Barry Shambrook

    Apr 08, 2018


    We had a great time on the River Cruise! Thank you for your help. 


    Mar 16, 2018

    Hi Tracy, thank you for your e-mail. The cruise was lovely, nice cabin, nice personel, food was really good. 

    Somethimes cruise members had difficulty with the english language even the managers but they were all very kind to us! 

    Thanks for organizing everyting so well for us! 

    Kind regards, 


    Nov 03, 2017


    Thank you

    We had a great time and loved all the sites

    Thank you for setting everything up and I will recommend you to friends and clients


    Sep 03, 2017

    Hello Tracy,

    you asked me for a review of our Yangtze cruise.

    Over all it was a very nice tour. Especially the staff was friendly and very helpful. The cleanliness in the cabin was very good.

    Unfortunately, the pool was in the cellar of the ship and cost extra, which is unusual for a 5 star ship.

    Also you could not relax on the sun deck in swimwear. This seems to be a common practice in China and is outside the scope of your influence

    The land excursions were well organized and very informative.

    Thanks again for the beautiful tour and a heartfelt thanks to the crew

    Best regards


    Jul 24, 2017

    Dear Tracy

    I would like to place on record that our China tour was a wonderful experience for both of us. Thank you for arranging such an excellent packaged tour, and the many drivers and tourist guides along the route delivered it above expectation and made our stay a very pleasant experience.

    From our arrival in Beijing, right until departure in Shanghai, we were each day astounded with the beauty, cleanliness, openness, friendliness, innovation, quality and hygiene focus and most incredible history that is openly shared and clearly embraced by china as a nation.

    It was incredible and such a privilege to have toured China, and we would love to return. It has forever positively changed our perspective of China. I plan to make a DVD of my videos, and hope to send you a copy. It may take some time though, as I have over 3 hours of recorded video (and loved every minute of it).

    Thank you, we could not have done this without you.


    Hugo and Helen

    Jul 24, 2017

    Hi Tracy,

    Here are some photos from the cruise.

    The files are too large to send all in one email so I will send a few emails with photos.

    These photos are of the executive lounge which we could access with the upgraded room, the executive suite, the view looking down from the top of the stairs and the sundeck of the ship.


    (The following picture was shared by Megan)

    Yangtze River Cruise - Three Gorges

    Megan Visiting Yangtze River Cruise

    Yangtze River Cruise - Accommodation Onboard

    Megan's Room on Century Cruise

    Yangtze River Cruise - Three Gorges Dam

    Megan Visiting Yangtze Three Gorges Dam Site

    Yangtze River Cruise - Shaibaozhai Pagoda

    Megan Visiting Shibaozhai Pagoda on Yangtze

    Jul 07, 2017

    Hi Tracy,

    I'm very good thank you.

    The cruise was beautiful and very relaxing. We upgraded to the executive suite and enjoyed the use of the executive lounge. Our room was very clean and spacious with excellent views. We also upgraded the restaurant which allowed us our own private table, a quieter restaurant (around 60 people) and we were told better food. Staff were mostly very pleasant and attentive.

    While we enjoyed the cruise very much, we had some trouble with food. As I have mentioned, Judy is a vegetarian (no meat or seafood) and Kurtz and I only eat chicken. We were asked for our dietary requirements and informed staff, however staff were not accommodating of our dietary requirements and most of the time we didn't have much food to choose from. I think it would be worthwhile telling other westerners or people with dietary requirements that the food is very much designed for Chinese people (a lot of the food eaten in China is very rarely seen or eaten in western countries).

    Despite the trouble with food, the cruise was fantastic and we would highly recommend it to others.

    We are going home in just over a week and I will definitely send you some photos soon after.

    Kind regards,

    Megan :)

    AustraliaJul 05, 2017

    Dear Tracy.

    We were really honoured to have visited such an important person's tomb. It is more of a symbolic thing for us to honour such people and have visited such tombs also in Egypt, Mexico and elsewhere.

    For example. Likewise the valley of the kings in Egypt, where we are allowed to enter selected tombs for a fee, that creates massive tourism opportunities and interest which in turn funds scientific exploration and conservation. They lined the walls with glass to protect murials.

    Helen has amongst other studied museology and have also worked at restoration of key south african historical sites incl groot constantia. We realise that protection of these sites are of immense and utmost national importance. But we sincerely do hope that in future some of these pyramid tomb sites can be developed and made accessable for tourism to promote history and knowledge.

    We are indeed honoured to experience this tour and are really enjoying it. Kimmy is an excellent tour guide.

    Regards hugo

    May 25, 2017

    Hello Tracy

    We got yesterday night Madrid after spending a few days in Beijing.

    China is a great country and we were delighted to spend fourteen days there. The cruise was de best part of our trip and we enjoyed a lot. Landscape of three Gorges is one the most wonderful places we ever visited in our lives and Dam of Yangtze is amazing. All crew members were nice and guides on shore excursions provided us valuable information about everthing we visited. They teached us few words and songs in Chinese and a lot knowledge about your traditions and way of living.

    Thank a lot for helping us making this trip possible with all your help and advices.

    Attached you have a picture of us shipping

    Best regards

    Cristina & Elena

    (The following pictures were all shared by Cristina & Elena)

    Yangtze River Cruises

    Cristine & Elena Enjoying Night View on Yangtze River

    Yangtze River Cruises - Balcony

    Cristina & Elena Spending Leisure Time Onboard Victoria Sophia

    Yangtze River Cruises - Victoria Sophia

    Cristina & Elena Spending Leisure Time Onboard Victoria Sophia

    SpainDec 31, 1969

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