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Yangtze River Cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing

The upstream Shanghai to Chongqing Yangtze Cruise is the most relaxing cruise line, taking 8 nights and 9 days.

Cruising from Shanghai to Chongqing helps you open up a whole new dimension about Yangtze River & China. You could experience the best of China, from its bustling cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Wuhan to the Buddhist holy mountain - Mount Jiuhua, Three Gorges Dam and Three Gorges etc, all in one grand journey.

Latest news for Yangtze Cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing: sorry to inform you that there is no ship sailing from Shanghai to Chongqing in 2018. If you are interested in upstream Yangtze River cruising, you can take the 5 days & 4 nights itinerary from Yichang to Chongqing which covers all the essence of Yangtze River.


9 Days & 8 Nights Upstream Yangtze Cruise (Shanghai-Chongqing)

Shanghai to Chongqing Cruise Route Map


Day 1 Shanghai Departure (L, D)

  • 10:00 Depart from Shanghai Wusongkou Port

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

the metropolis Shanghai

Day 2 Nanjing (B, L, D)

  • 13:00-16:00 Shore excursion in Nanjing, visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial and a Qing Dynasty style bazaar surrounding a Confucian Temple

Built in 1926, the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum is in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (1866 – 1925), “the Father of Modern China”. This majestic Mausoleum is regarded as the most outstanding in Chinese modern architectural history with deep historical significance and beautiful scenery.

Confucian Temple is a temple devoted to the memory of Confucius and the sages and philosophers of Confucianism. Surrounded by Qing Dynasty style bazaar, it has become a powerful point of attraction and the essence of the Qinhuai scenery.

Nanjing Confucian Temple

Confucian Temple


Day 3 Jiuhuashan (Mount Jiuhua) (B, L, D)

  • 07:00-17:00 Full-day shore excursion to Mt. Jiuhuashan

Mt. Jiuhua, known as the international Buddhist temple, is originally known as Mountain of Nine Lotuses, due to the shape of nine peaks like lotus, later renamed to be Jiuhua Mountain. Together with Wutai Mountain in Shanxi, Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang, Mt. Emei in Sichuan, known as the four famous mountains of Chinese Buddhism, which wins a fame of "Top Buddhism Mountain in Southeast China”.


Mt. Jiuhuashan

Day 4 Wuhan (B, L, D)

  • 14:00-17:30 Arrive in Wuhan City, shore excursion to Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum is a national AAAA museum in China, showing numerous state-level historic and cultural relics. It currently holds about 200,000 objects among which the most astonishing are the objects excavated from the Zenghouyi Tomb which was built about 2400 years ago.

Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum

Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • Full-day sail along the Yangtze River

Today, you will enjoy a relaxing sailing onboard, with kinds of activities, such as the arranged lectures of Chinese culture and history, Chinese paintings and so on. Or you can also stay on the sundeck or lounges, appreciating the passing-by scenery and chatting with your friends.

Taichi Activities

Playing Taichi onboard

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang (B, L, D)

  • 04:00-06:00 Sail through Gezhouba Dam
  • 07:00-08:00 Pass through Xiling Gorge
  • 08:30-10:30 Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site
  • 12:30-16:00 Pass through five stages ship locks

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


Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • 08:00-11:00 Shore excursion to Shennv Stream
  • 13:00-15:00 Pass through Wu Gorge
  • 15:00-18:00 Pass through Qutang Gorge

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 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • 13:00-16:00 Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda

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 9 Chongqing Dismbark (B)

  • 08:00 After breakfast, disembark in Chongqing

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 City

Instead of taking the long cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing, you can choose the shorter cruise itinerary running from Yichang to Chongqing, which takes 5 days & 4 nights for the whole voyage. All the essence 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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