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Yangtze River Cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing

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 upstream Shanghai to Chongqing Yangtze Cruise is the most relaxing cruise line, taking 10 nights and 11 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 the eastern boundary to the middle region, to see the bustling cities like Shanghai, Wuhan and Chongqing, along a series of fantastic scenic spots like Three Gorges Dam and Three Gorges, Geyuan Garden, Hubei Provincial Museum, etc., all in one grand journey.

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11 Days & 10 Nights Upstream Yangtze Cruise (Shanghai-Chongqing)

Shanghai to Chongqing Cruise Route Map


Day 1 Shanghai Departure (D)

  • Embark before 16:00 in the late afternoon. 18:00 Depart from Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal

Enjoying the best location at the North Bund, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal is awesome to admire the splendid night view of the Bund with multiple international architectures and the Lujiazui Area with those towering skyscrapers on the other bank. Immerse yourself into the wonderful world with those neon lights and watch the colorful tourist cruises sailing by.

Shanghai City

the metropolis Shanghai

Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 Jiujiang (B, L, D)

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

Optional day tour 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 day tour 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 6 Wuhan (B, L, D)

  • Arrive in Wuhan City. Take a half-day shore excursion to Hubei Provincial Museum and East Lake.

Hubei Provincial Museum is one of the 8 national class museums in China, showing over nearly 1,000 pieces of state-level historic and cultural relics. It currently holds about 240,000 objects to perfectly 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 Jingzhou (B, L, D)

  • In the afternoon, take a half-day shore excursion to Jingzhou City. Visit its Jingzhou Ancient City Wall and Jingzhou Museum

Jingzhou Ancient City Wall, 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 from the Qing dynasty and understand the history of Jingzhou being the famous place in the past dynasties.

Jingzhou Ancient City Wall

Jingzhou Ancient City Wall


Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • Take an OPTIONAL shore excursion visit to Tribe of Three Gorges in the morning. Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam in the afternoon hours. Sail along the Yangtze River and through Five Ship Locks at night.

The Three Gorges Dam 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.

The Five Stages Ship Locks is the largest ship locks system and the most complicated to construct in the world. Pass through the terrific locks and experience the incredible height difference of 113 meters.

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

Three Gorges Dam

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • 08:00-11:00 Shore excursion to Shennv Stream. Sail through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge in the afternoon. In the afternoon, you can take an OPTIONAL shore excursion to White Emperor City.

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. Take the little sightseeing boat to get deep in the valley to feel the comfortable serenity and vibrancy of the lush plant-covered nature fairyland.

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

Optional visit to White Emperor City that is regarded as the city of poem and famous for the history of the important Three Kingdoms in ancient China. Besides, you will have the view of Kuimen that is printed on back of the Chinese 10RMB note in this site.

Shennv Stream

Shennv Stream

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • In the morning, take a half-day shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda

Shibaozhai Pagoda, treated as 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 listed as one of the “Top 8 Most Peculiar Architectures in the World” by the American Discovery. Visit this architecture to know its full Legends and beautiful stories.

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Day 11 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 delicious food, cultural heritage, tourist attractions, unbelievable mountain landform... 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

Besides taking the cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing, you can you can choose to cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai downstream. Also, you can choose the shorter cruise itinerary running from Yichang to Chongqing, which takes 5 days & 4 nights for 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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