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Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai

Note: In 2019, there is no cruise sailing between Shanghai and Chongqing. You can join the 3 nights and 4 days sailing downstream from Chongqing to Yichang or 4 nights and 5 days upstream from Yichang to Chongqing to appreciate the most classic part of Yangtze River.

The downstream Yangtze Cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai is the most relaxing cruise route, taking 10 nights and 11 days. Covering all the upstream, middle stream and downstream of Yangtze River, it is best to appreciate the full section of the essence of this river and have a complete understanding of this “Mother River” in China.

This cruise route makes stops in the Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam, Jingzhou, Wuhan, Jingdezhen, Mount Jiuhua, Chizhou, Nanjing, Taizhou and Yangzhou in the middle way, therefore, it offers an awesome chance to admire diverse kinds of beauty of cities along the Yangtze River and let you visit a large number of places in leisure.

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11 Days & 10 Nights Chongqing Shanghai Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Chongqing Embarkation

  • Embark the ship before 21:00 at Chaotianmen Dock, and depart from Chongqing

Chongqing is China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, attracting visitors from home and aboard for its delicious food, cultural heritage, tourist attractions, unbelievable mountain landform... Located at the confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River, it is best to appreciate the view of the city center. Embark the ship and come to the sundeck to enjoy the terrific night view of Chongqing, which is reputed as the “little Hong Kong”.

Chongqing City

Chongqing City

Day 2 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • In this morning, you can take the OPTIONAL shore excursion visit to Fengdu Ghost City. In the afternoon, visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda onshore.

Shibaozhai Pagoda situated in Zhongxian County is treated as a pearl on Yangtze River. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, this 12-story, red wooden temple from the 18th Century is listed by the American Discovery as one of the “Top 8 Most Peculiar Architectures in the World”. Visit this amazing building site to admire its appearance and know the interesting legends and stories.

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Day 3 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • In this morning, you could take the OPTIONAL shore excursion tour to White Emperor City. Sailing through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge at noon hours. Visit Shennv Stream for shore excursion in the afternoon.

Shennv Stream, also called Goddess Stream, is a dreamy place in Wushan County to purify your mind. With a total length of 30 km, it is a wondrous gorge with extraordinary view. Take the little sightseeing boat to get close to nature in the deep valley with towering peaks to feel the comfortable serenity and vibrancy of the lush plant-covered nature fairyland.

Qutang Gorge at the western section is narrow and dramatic like an art gallery of nature, which offers superb magnificent scenery for all guests. Wu Gorge is the middle one gorge. It is a mysterious gorge site well-known for its frequently rising and passing mists, which is extremely beautiful and gorgeous with the leaves in red, yellow, golden and orange during autumn.

Shennv Stream

Shennv Stream

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • Take the shore excursion visit to the Three gorges Dam. And in the afternoon, you could take the OPTIONAL visit to Tribe of Three Gorges.
  • Sailing through Xiling Gorge and Gezhou Dam

The Three Gorges Dam is the largest construction projects ever undertaken by mankind. This great dam, the biggest hydropower project in the world, provides China with tremendous power generation, flood control service, and many other series of benefits to the region of the Yangtze River will show a lot of unbelievable function and knowledge.

Sail through the Xiling Gorge at the eastern section to enjoy its beautiful sightseeing with some feeling of the dangerous gorge landform with turbulent river, high hills, rugged shoals, etc.

Optional shore excursion to Tribe of Three Gorges to appreciate the primative living environment of Villages on Water, Brook-side Villages, and Mount-top Tribes and learn about the folk culture of Ba and Shu areas.

Three Gorges Dam Site

Three Gorges Dam

Day 5 Jingzhou (B, L, D)

  • Take a half-day shore excursion to Jingzhou City. Visit Jingzhou Ancient City Wall and Jingzhou Museum.

Jingzhou Ancient City Wall is one of the best preserved and larges scaled city wall in southern part in China, which is historic from the Warring States period. Visit this ancient site to admire its look kept from the Qing dynasty and understand the history of Jingzhou being the famous place in the past dynasties.

Jingzhou Museum is a great museum to appreciate over 130,000 cultural relics of this historical city. Multiple outstand lacquer relics will tell you the high skill of people at that field during the Qin and Han times. Also, it is famous for the most impressive well preserved male corpse buried in 167BC.

Jingzhou Ancient City Wall

Jingzhou Ancient City Wall

Day 6 Wuhan (B, L, D)

  • Take a half-day tour to Wuhan City to visit Hubei Provincial Museum, Chu River & Han Street, and East Lake Scenic Area

Hubei Provincial Museum, one of the 8 national class museums in China, displays nearly 1,000 pieces of state-level historic and cultural relics. It currently holds over 240 thousand objects to logistically introduce the history and culture of the ancient Chu State and the ancient Yangtze River, among which the most astonishing are the objects excavated from the Zenghouyi Tomb which was built about 2,400 years ago.

Take a leisure walk at East Lake, and admire the colorful and peaceful sightseeing of the lake, wooden architectures and Wuhan city at Tingtao Scenic Spot.

Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum

Day 7 Jiujiang (B, L, D)

  • Arrive in Jiujiang City. Take a full-day shore excursion visit to Jingdezhen Town or Lushan Mountain.

Optional visit to Jingdezhen Town that has been especially famous for over 1,000 years and reputed as “City of Ceramics” for its excellent skill of porcelain production. Visit this elegant town in Jiangxi Province to watch in person the real ancient porcelain factory, ancient kiln porcelain yard, Expo area and various exquisite artistic porcelain works.

Optional visit to Lushan Mountain which is listed as one of the 10 Famous Mountains in China and is famous for having long been complimented by many famous ancient Chinese poets in their masterpieces to describe its peculiar beautiful sightseeing and many kinds of looks from different angle of view.



Day 8 Mount Jiuhua (Chizhou) (B, L, D)

  • 09:00-16:00 Take a day shore excursion tour to Mount Jiuhua

Visit Mount Jiuhua in Chizhou, one of the "Four Famous Buddhist Mountains in China" together with Mount Wutai, Mount Putuo and Mount Emei. Not only for its rich Buddhist culture and flavor to purify one's mind, Jiuhuashan is also famous to appreciate a series of Buddhist architectures and eye-pleasant natural views like rockey mountains, floras, plantations, etc.

Mount Jiuhua

Mount Jiuhua

Day 9 Nanjing (B, D)

  • Today, take a day tour to admire the natural and cultural highlights of Nanjing City.

Bodhidharma Ancient Cave is a cultural site with over 100 statues of Bodhidharma to express the inheritance and development of Zen in China.

Yangtze River Avalokitesvara Scenic Area, Yangtzed only tourist area themed with Avelokitesvara, with ancient religious building from 1368AD and other exhibitions to know more about Buddhist culture in China.

Then be driven to the Confucius Temple, which is domestically famous with a large group of antique architectures experience a lot of changes, and a good site to learn about Confucius and education in ancient China.

Optional visit to Niushou Mountain, named from its two peaks seeming two ox horns. It boasts the parietal Sarira of Shakyamuni, attracts numerous visitors to feel its rich Buddhist culture and its peculiar building that has won "Luban" Prize, a high prize of architecture in China.

Niushou Mountain

Niushou Mountain

Day 10 Taizhou (B, L, D)

  • 08:30 enjoy your day tour in Taizhou City.

Port Carved Building Garden is a typical ancient classic garden famous for its various carvings and lovely scene of pavilions, stone bridges, corridors, lakes, etc. Also, you will understand more about the education enlightment and ancient imperial examination in China.

Memorial Hall of Mei Lanfang, once the former residence of Mei Lanfang, still preserves precious relics and the living displays of this great artist of Beijing Opera.

Fengcheng River cruising gives you moments to admire the moat of Taizhou along which rich local culture will be easily experienced, such as opera, folk customs, business culture, history of the prosperous Taizhou, etc.

Port Carved Building Garden

Port Carved Building Garden

Day 11 Shanghai Disembark (B)

  • 09:00 disembark at Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal

Situated at the mouth of Yangtze River, Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in China. It is a flourishing international metropolis and a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks the Bund, Yu Garden as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline.

Shanghai City

Shanghai City

Besides taking the cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai, you can choose to cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing upstream. Also, you can choose the shorter cruise itinerary running from Chongqing to Yichang, which takes 4 days & 3 nights as the whole voyage. All the essences of Yangtze River are covered including the Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam Site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our professional cruise agents!


1. The above information including itinerary, attractions, and shore excursions, is not fixed and will be changed slightly because of the differences in ships, seasons, water levels, and weather condition.

2. Included meals as noted in above itinerary: (B) = Breakfast; (L) = Lunch; (D) = Dinner. 

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Departure date for Chongqiong to Shanghai
Hi, I like to understand what are the departure dates available in July for the Chongqiong to Shanghai cruise? Mike
2017-04-02 22:49
Hi Mike,

I am so sorry to tell you that there is no ship sailing from Chongqing to Shanghai in 2017. If you are interested in downstream Yangtze River cruising, you can take the 4 days & 3 nights itinerary from Chongqing to Yichang which covers all the essence of Yangtze River.

You can check the cruise calendar in July http://www.yangtze-river-cruises.com/find-a-cruise/calendar2017-7.html which gives you more ideas about the Yangtze River cruise.

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