Yangtze River Cruise from Shanghai to Chongqing
The upstream Shanghai to Chongqing Yangtze Cruise is the most relaxing cruise line, taking 9 nights and 10 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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10 Days & 9 Nights Upstream Yangtze Cruise (Shanghai-Chongqing)
Day 1 Shanghai Departure (D)
- Embark before 18:00 in the late afternoon. 21:00 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.
the metropolis Shanghai
Day 2 Yangzhou (B, L, D)
- In the morning, shore excursion in Yangzhou, visit Geyuan Garden and Dongguan Ancient Street in city downtown.
Geyuan Garden is a representative classic garden in Jiangnan region. Built for about 200 years by a local salt merchant, it is famous and recommended to admire and know more about the private garden of ancient people in Jiangnan region. Geyuan does really good at its rockery skills that show the scenes of four different seasons, so do not miss this work of art.
Dongguan Ancient Street, a domestically famous old street of over 1100 meters in length is great to seek the old flavor of the bustling market and street of Yangzhou in the Qing and Ming dynasties. Wander along the paved path, taste the local snacks and travel to the past by the time machine.
Dongguan Ancient Street
Day 3 Xinghuacun Village (Chizhou) (B, L, D)
- 09:00-12:30, half-day shore excursion to Xinghuacun Village in Chizhou City.
Visit Xinghuacun Village in Chizhou, the “No. 1 Village under Heaven” to admire the literal and poetic track of the famous poem “Qingming” by Du Mu and experience its ancient and idyllic charm combined with rain, blossoms, and liquor and the nice life in rural area in Anhui.
Day 4 Jingdezhen ((B, L, D)
- Take a full-day shore excursion to Jingdezhen Town.
Jingdezhen Town has long been well-known for over 1,000 years and reputed for its excellent skill of porcelain production. Visit this “City of Ceramics” in Jiangxi Province to watch in person the real ancient porcelain factory, ancient kiln porcelain yard, Expo area and various exquisite artistic porcelain works.
Day 5 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
Day 6 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 Museum, 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, do not miss the most impressive well preserved male corpse buried in 167BC.
Jingzhou Ancient City Wall
Day 7 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.
Three Gorges Dam
Day 8 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.
Day 9 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.
Day 10 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.
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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