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Yangtze Gold 8

The all-new Yangtze Gold 8, 5-star ship of Yangtze Gold Cruise, is regarded as the Top Luxury river cruise in the world.

Cruise Route:

Chongqing - Yichang (4 days & 3 nights)

Yichang - Chongqing (5 days & 4 nights)

Price:  $402-$472 •This price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing, valid until Feb.28, 2020.

•Please enquiry for the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.

•Please quote us for the price may change during China's Golden Week (the first week of October) and Spring Festival.

•Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.40. The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, and it may change according the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will remain the same.

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Practical Info

Check Emails Before Cruise

Please kindly check your mailbox again 3-1 days before you take the cruise, because if there is any update or slight change from the ship company, we will inform you by email, so checking it again is better. And it will be more convenient if you can provide a cellphone number for emergent calls.

Private Transfer/ Taxi-taking/ Porter

Private transfer: From Chongqing Airport/ Chongqing Railway Station to Chongqing Pier, from Yichang Airport/ Yichang Railway Station to Yichang Pier and from Shanghai Downtown to Wusongkou Port, you could use private transfer. Usually, there are two ways, cost with guide and cost without guide. As for the fee, please kindly inquiry your travel consutant.

Note: Different vehicles will be used if you have a group larger than 4 adults, the transfer cost then will be different, please kindly inquire your travel consultant if you need any of our transfer service.

Taxi-taking: If you choose taxi, the transfer cost will be cheaper. When the booking is done, we will send you the confirmation letter which includes the detailed information for taxi taking. Please note that the taxi especially in Yichang is not always safe to use. Some taxi drivers drive much longer than usual distance then ask for more money. If you prefer to take a taxi, please remember to show our confirmation letter to the taxi driver, there will be the taxi cost and your destination in both English and Chinese. It is better to use taxi service only after the taxi driver confirms the price listed in our confirmation letter; it is useful to avoid traps. And if there is any problem, you can contact us.

Note: We do recommend our private transfer service especially in Yichang so as to avoid any inconvenience might cause.

Porter: Please kindly note that if you do not book private transfer with us and need to hire the local porters to carry your luggage in either Chongqing or Yichang, the price is RMB10/per person, please confirm the price with the porters before using their service, some porters might ask for much more than RMB10/per person if not checking price beforehand.

Boarding Documents/ Boarding Time & Boarding Pier

Boarding Documents: The booking system of the cruise is just like the electronic flight tickets, you do not need any ticket, just showing your valid passport at the ship front desk would be fine. After all booking is done, we will send you the confirmation letter, you can print it out and bring it with you along the tour.

Boarding Time and Boarding Pier:

  • 4-day downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang
  • Boarding time is 17:00—20:30, the ship sails around 21:00—22:00 from Chongqing

  • 5-day upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing
  • Boarding time is 17:00—00:00, the ship does not sail until next day morning from Yichang

  • 7-day downstream cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai
  • Boarding time is 08:00—09:30AM, the ship sails around 10:00 AM

  • 9-day upstream cruise from Shanghai to Chongqnig
  • Boarding time is 15:00—16:30, the ship sails around 17:00 from Wusongkou Port of Shanghai.

    Cabin Arrangement

    For many cruise lines (not all) that the cabins could not be designated beforehand, it is arranged by the ship company, and the ship company will charge floor upgrading fee if you want to upgrade your cabins to higher floors, the price is different according to the different cruise companies, if necessary please inquiry your travel consultant for the details of this. And after check in the ship, if there is any problem with your cabin, please let the ship reception know ASAP so that adjustment can be made accordingly. If you need any urgent assistance from our company, please contact your travel consultant immediately.

    Extra Bed: Not all ships are spacious enough to hold an extra bed, so if you need a cabin with one extra bed, please kindly inquire your travel consultant for the recommendation of specific ships.

    Service Onboard

    Drinks: Wines are not a part of the free drinks, only beer and some soft drinks are provided for free on ship. Drinks on the ship can be expensive; if necessary you can prepare some drinks or snacks before boarding the ship.

    Foods: Some ships provide mostly buffet meals but some provide mostly table meals, it depends on which ship you are taking. If you have any diet habit, please kindly let us know or let the ship receptionist know, so that the according arrangement can be made.

    Elevator: Not every ship has elevator, if you need to know this, please kindly inquire your travel consultant or check the ship company official website.

    Medical Service: There will be a clinic on the ship, but their service can be very expensive, please kindly note it.

    Internet Service: The ship does not have wifi, but the business center has internet service available and it is pay-for, the price will be different according to different ships.

    Hair-dryer: The ships do not have hari dryer in each room, only some hairdryers avialble at the fronk desk which you can borrow for free.

    Adaptor: If you want to charge some electornic products and without bringing the adaptor, you may check with the ship front desk to see they have the right adaptor on ship, but bring the right adaptor from home is convenient for your China or Yangtze tour.

    Ship Tips

    Almost all the 4 to 5-star ships require a compulsory ship tip which is required to be paid when checking in at the reception counter; it is the regulation of the ship companies which passengers are supposed to follow. The tip amount differs from different cruise lines and will be specified in our confirmation letter, please kindly note this so that inconvenience can be avoided.

    Note: Century Cruise line pre-charges the tips, so the tips is actually included in your Century Cruise cost, there is no need to pay again on board.

    Optional Excursions

    Besides the listed shore excursions listed in your itinerary, there usually will be 2 optional shore excursions in each cruise term and it is not part of the cruise itinerary, the cost is around RMB260=USD42/per person per optional shore excursion, and the optional shore excursions differ from different cruise lines, and it is not compulsory.

    Physical-Challenge: Some shore excursions like “Fengdu Ghost City” needs some steps climbing; it might a bit challenging to same visitors who have problems with steps, in this case visitors can stay on the ship without join in the shore excursion (no refund). And booking a ship with elevator will be more convenient actually. Please kindly note it.


    Yangtze River will be a kind of foggy from the latter half of October to next March or so, and sometimes it might be foggy in summer time. And the rainy season of Yangtze will be July to August or so.

    Note: if you book flights by yourselves, please kindly consider these weather factors and book the suitable timing fight, or we can assist you to book the flights, more details please inquire your travel consultant.

    Know More about Shore Excursions & Attractions

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    Price Note:
    • The above price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing.
    • The prices are valid by Dec.31 of the year.
    • Please enquiry for the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.
    • Please quote us for the price may change during China's Golden Week (the first week of October) and Spring Festival.

    Questions & Discussions

    Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

    Acupunture and massage pricing?
    Do you have the pricing for the above services on board?
    2018-02-15 18:52
    Dear Mr. Bill,

    Greetings from Wonder at Yangtze-River-Cruises! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

    Thank you for your inquiry of Yangtze River Cruises. We are really glad to have this chance to serve for you.

    I am afraid we don’t have the price of Acupuncture and massage service on Yangtze Gold 8 but that is reasonable. Please call the ship company directly at +86 13628467088 to know details or ask the staff on the cruise after you boarding!

    Wish you a nice cruising on the Yangtze River!
    My ship in particular??? Confused over the naming of the ships.
    I have seen websites for the GOLD 8 ship and they have completely different deck layouts and cabin locations and categories of cabins. How can this be for a ship by that name......or is GOLD 8 just a category or style of ship and does not designate my particular ship which I have booked? My booking for the GOLD 8 is with Sinorama.
    2018-01-20 12:51
    Hello CMD,

    Thank you for the question. On our website, we offer three top cruise choices of the Yangtze Gold Cruise company, and the Yangtze Gold 8 is a 5 star cruise ship of the popular cruise company for Yangtze river cruise sailing. Onboard this cruise, there are 8 types of cabins and suites for the needs of different guests. You could check the details of this cruise ship on our website for your cruise holiday.

    Wish you a wonderful cruising trip!
    what is the cost for white or red wine on board by the bottle
    What is the cost for white or red wine on board by the bottle
    2017-12-04 12:06
    Hello Jeanne,

    Thanks for your question. I’m sorry to tell you that we do not have the prices of drinks onboard Yangtze Gold 8 cruise, and as we know, besides the white and red wines, there are a lot of different kinds of drinks there and the prices are usually higher than that of products in a land store but also reasonable. You could know the detail prices after boarding from the staff. And the staff at the bar would serve you well.

    Enjoy your Yangtze River cruise in China!
    Room amenities
    Does the imperial suite (room 8828) have a mini refrigerator?
    Thank you
    2017-11-12 14:55
    Hi Dixie,

    Thank you for the question. Yes there is a mini refrigerator provided in the Presidential Suite on the Promenade Deck onboard Yangtze Gold 8 cruise. Moreover, there are other great facilities in the large suite for your deluxe experience during your relaxing trip on the Yangtze River!
    Wish you a nice sailing with Yangtze Gold 8!
    Are there elevatiors on Gold 8
    2017-08-14 17:39
    Hi George,

    Thank you for the question. Yes, there are totally 2 elevators onboard Yangtze Gold 8 for the convenience and benefits of Yangtze River travellers, which can take you between the lower decks to the upper decks in short time.

    Have a nice trip on the Yangtze!

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