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Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang

The downstream Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang takes 4 days and 3 nights. It is known as the gold itinerary of Yangtze River, chosen by most Yangtze cruisers.

This cruise line hits all the highlights of Yangtze River. The majestic mountains, striking peaks, mysterious cliffs, turbulent Yangtze River, beautiful Three Gorges, traditional farmlands…with changing scenery on different geographic shapes, like a painted corridor filled with historic legends, could give you once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Popular Ships for Classic Chongqing Yichang Route

Looking for luxury Yangtze cruises from Chongqing to Yichang? In 2020, there are altogether 25 ships sailing downstream from Chongqing to Yichang. The ships in the following table are the popular ones. To view more ships, please go to 2020 Yangtze River Cruise Ship List.

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4 Days & 3 Nights Chongqing Yichang Cruise Sample Itinerary

Chongqing to Yichang Cruise Route Map

Map of Chongqing Yichang Cruise Route

Please Note: The following is the SAMPLE itinerary sailing from Chongqing to Yichang. The detailed sailing time, activities onboard and shore excursions may vary with different cruise companies. When decided your Yangtze ship, please view the exact itinerary offered by the ship.

Day 1 Chongqing Departure

  • 21:00 Depart from Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock

Chongqing is China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, attracting visitors from home and aboard for its cultural heritage and tourist attractions. Located at the confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River, Chongqing serves as either a port of destination or of departure for most of the Yangtze Cruise Ships.

Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock

Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock

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

  • 14:00 Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda (3 hours)
  • 18:00 Captain’s Welcome Party
  • 21:00 Crew cabaret and evening entertainment

Shibaozhai, like a pearl on Yangtze River, is 278 kilometers away from Chongqing. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, the 12-story, 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories.

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Shibaozhai Pagoda

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

  • 11:00-12:00 Pass through Qutang Gorge
  • 12:00-13:00 Pass through Wu Gorge
  • 13:30-17:30 Shore excursion to Shennv Stream
  • 18:00-19:00 Pass through Xiling Gorge
  • 19:00-20:30 Captain's Farewell Dinner

Shennv Stream, also called Goddess Stream, is a new shore excursion site since 2014. With a total length of 30 km, it is a wondrous gorge with extraordinary view.

Shennv Stream

Shennv Stream


Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang Disembark (B)

  • 08:00-12:30 Disembark at Maoping Port. Take shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site and transfer to Yichang Three Gorges Cruise Terminal for departure.

  • Or 08:00-13:30 Disembark at Maoping Port. Switch to a sightseeing boat sailing through Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift and pay a visit to Three Gorges Dam. Then, transfer to Yichang Three Gorges Cruise Terminal for departure.

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze has been a dream for generations and is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by mankind. This great dam, the biggest hydropower project in the world, provides China with tremendous power generation and flood control service.

Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam Site

Note: the above visiting time and shore excursion sites are only for your referance, since details would be different according to different Yangtze River cruise companies. You could check all Yangtze River cruises in 2020 to find your ideal ship to know the detailed schedule of each day of a downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang.

Interested in Yangtze River Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing instead of Chongqing to Yichang? You can take a look at the 5 days & 4 nights upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing for more reference. 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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Questions & Discussions

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with someone with chinese passport
can we travel with Chinese at same cruise?
2019-10-30 15:16
Hello JANIS,

Greetings from Chengdu, China! Yangtze River cruise welcome all people to join in the classic leisure cruise in China! And if you have attained the Chinese visa, you can join in the cruise together with your friends or family members holding the Chinese passport on the same ship! We offer a series of great popular Yangtze River cruise ships praised by global visitors, and if you are interested in the sailing trip, please feel free to tell us, and our professional travel expert will help you with the booking and tour planning in China and answer all your questions!

Have a wonderful day!
Which cruise is better?
Which would you recommend and why?
1) Yichang to Chongqing
2) Chongqiing to Yichang
2017-02-13 21:18
Hi PH,

Thanks for your question. Every ship on Yangtze River sails between Chongqing and Yichang, running 4 Days & 3 night downstream cruise and 5 Days & 4 nights upstream cruise. You can have the same onboard activities and shore excursions both for upstream and downstream.

If you want to save one day, you’d better take downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang, and you will see five-stage Three Gorges Dam ship lock at late night around 23:00 and the whole process lasts for about 4 hours. If you don’t want to wait too late to see the ship lock, you could choose upstream cruise which usually begins at 17:00.

Most of our travelers choose to take downstream cruise as a part of their long China trip starting from Beijing or Hong Kong; if you start your trip from Shanghai, you’d better take upstream cruise for the convenient transfer. If you want to book a Yangtze cruise ship, please let us know and our professional travel consultants will help you choose your ideal ship. For more questions, please feel free to contact us.

Best Regards,

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