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Yichang Port Guide 2020

2020 Latest Port News for Embarkation & Disembarkation in Yichang:
In the whole year of 2019, travelers touring Yangtze River (Chongqing Yichang Part) with Yangtze 1 cruise will depart from or arrive at Yichang at Yichang Sandouping Port (三斗坪码头), while all the other cruises will embark and disembark at Yichang Maoping Port (茅坪码头), including Century Cruises, Victoria Cruises, President Cruises, Yangtze Gold Cruises, Yangtze 2 cruise and Yangtze Explorer cruise.

(a) For downstream (Chongqing->Yichang), the cruise company will arrange tourist buses and pick you up Three Gorges Dam Site after the dam visiting and transfer you directly to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for leave.

(b) For upstream (Yichang->Chongqing), you need to arrive at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal or Yichang East Railway Station during 16:00~21:00, and then take the tourist buses arranged by the cruise company to Maoping Port. If you are going to sail with Yangtze 1 cruise, you need to arrive at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal during 19:00 - 20:00, and then take the tourist buses arranged by the cruise company to Sandouping Port (or you can also board the ship at Sandouping Port by yourself during 18:00-22:30).

For the details about the using ports of each Cruise Company or Ship, you can check below form as reference:

Ships Departure Port
(Yichang -> Chongqing)
Arrival Port
(Chongqing -> Yichang)
Century Ships Maoping Port Maoping Port
Victoria Ships
President Ships
Yangtze Gold Ships
Yangtze Explorer
Yangtze 2
Yangtze 1 Sandouping Port Sandouping Port

Know about the Yichang Ports

Yichang Maoping Port, Sandouping Port, Taohuacun Port and New Century Port are the main docks used for Yangtze River cruise ships among the six ports in Yichang city. However, Yichang Taohuacun Port and New Century Port are stopped using in 2020. The following map of Yichang port shows the positions of the main ports, Yichang airport and railway stations. You can check the map and the detailed information about how to get to / from the ports as below.

Map of Chongqing Port & Transfer
Map of Yichang Port & Transfer

Yichang Maoping Port

Maoping Port is used for all Yangtze River cruises (except Yangtze 1) in 2020 for the embarkation and disembarkation in Yichang. Situated in Zigui County of Yichang, it is about 60m kilometers’ driving distance from Yichang downtown place and usually takes about 1-1.5 hours to get to by driving.

Location: 200 meters east from Binhu Road, Zigui County, Yichang City (宜昌市秭归县滨湖路东200米 - 茅坪码头)

>> Please check more details about Maoping Port & How to Get There.

Yichang Maoping Port

Yichang Maoping Port

Yichang Sandouping Port

Sandouping Port is located at the south bank of the middle part of beautiful Xiling Gorge, about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) away from Yichang Sanxia Airport (about 1.5-2 hours by driving) and 51 kilometers (32 miles) from Yichang East Railway Station (about 1-1.5 hours by driving). However, you can seldom find a taxi around the port, because the port is a little bit far from the Yichang city area. Only Yangtze 1 cruise is using this port now. And if you travel with Yangtze 1 cruise, they will arrange a deluxe tourist coach to escort you to or leave the port.

Location: about 150m from the junction of Longtan Road and Provincial Highway 334, Yiling District, Yichang City (宜昌市夷陵区龙潭路与334省道交叉口东150米 – 三斗坪码头)

Yichang Sandouping Port

Yichang Sandouping Port

Yichang Taohuacun Port

Yichang Taohuacun Port is stopped using in the whole 2020.

Taohuacun Port is only used small cruise companies catering mainly to Chinese tourists in 2020.

Location: Yemingzhu Road, Xiling District, Yichang City (宜昌市西陵区夜明珠路 - 桃花村码头)

Yichang Taohuacun Port

Yichang Taohuacun Port

Yichang New Century Port

Yichang New Century Port is stopped using in the whole 2020.

New Century Port is normally used by Victoria Cruises, President Cruises and Yangtze Gold Cruises, but sometimes it may be changed according to the river condition, so you'd better check your E-mails or contact your travel consultant before you cruise, making sure you know the adequate boarding time and port.
Location: Yiba Road, Xiling District, Yichang City (宜昌市西陵区宜巴公路 - 新世纪国旅码头)

Yichang New Century Port

Yichang New Century Port

How to get to the right Port for my Yangtze cruise ship?

By our local transfer service

We highly recommended you to use our local transfer service in Yichang, for the public transport is not as well-developed as that in Chongqing and Shanghai. Furthermore, the mainly used Maoping Port is actually a little far away from Yichang downtown with no convenient public transportation.

If you book our local transfer service, you will never worry about wasting time finding a taxi and the way to your boarding dock. Our local guide and driver will pick you up at the airport or railway station according to your schedule, and take you to the right port in time. No matter Yichang is the start or end of your cruise, we will take you to your destination on time safely.

By cruise company arranged bus

For Yangtze River cruise guests using Yichang Maoping or Sandouping Port for embarkation and disembarkation, the cruise company will take the responsibility to arrange the bus to transfer you between the appointed gathering places in Yichang downtown and the Ports.

By taxi

Please Note: Yichang Maoping Port, Yichang Sandouping Port, Yichang New Century Port and Yichang Taohuacun Port are a little bit far away from City Center that not so well connected by city buses and taxies.

(The following is the referential taxi fee about the transfer between the airport / railway station and the two ports. The price and time may be different based on the real situation in Yichang.)

Taxis in Yichang City

Taxi in Yichang City

From / To Maoping Port Sandouping Port
Sanxia Airport 72-85km, takes about 75-110mins at around 160RMB 67-78km, takes about 1.5-2.5hrs around 160RMB
Yichang East Railway Station 60-65km, takes about 75-85mins at 120-140RMB 50-65km, takes about 1-1.5hrs around 150RMB
Yichang Railway Station 55km, takes about 70-80mins at 110-120RMB 45-60km, takes about 1-1.5hrs at around 140RMB
Yichang City Downtown 52-60km, takes about 1-1.5hrs at 110-125RMB 45-60km, takes about 1-1.5hrs at around 140RMB


From / To Taohuacun Port New Century Port
Sanxia Airport 38-45km, takes about 40-80mins around 150RMB 40-45km, takes about 50-80mins around 150RMB
Yichang East Railway Station 20-23km, takes about 30-45mins around 60RMB 20-25km, takes about 40-50mins around 60RMB
Yichang Railway Station 10km, takes about 20-30mins at 25RMB 10-20km, takes about 25-40mins at 25RMB
Yichang City Downtown 14-20km, takes about 30-35mins at 25RMB 15-20km, takes about 30-40mins at 25RMB

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Downstream disembarkimg
Hi, we are hoping to depart the downstream cruise and catch a train to Wuhan for a flight. We cannot find where the cruise terminal is in order to see how long it will take us to get to the train from the cruise terminal. The train leaves from Yichang East Station. Can you please advise
2018-04-08 12:40
Hi Helena Kennedy,

Good afternoon from China. Since you take downstream cruise and you’ll depart at Yichang Three Gorges Cruise Terminal (宜昌三峡游客中心) around 12:30 or 13:30 and its address is No.142, Yanjiang Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City (facing Yichang Wanda Plaza) 宜昌市伍家岗区沿江大道142号. The distance between Yichang Three Gorges Cruise Terminal and Yichang East Railway Station is about 9~12km, taking 25~30 minutes’ driving.

For detailed transportation info, please check https://www.yangtze-river-cruises.com/customer-support/port-change-for-special-events.html. For more questions and help, please let us know and we are here glad to help you anytime!
Location of cruise terminal
We are boarding Victoria Jenna in Yichang on 19 Apr 2018. Can you please advise where Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal is. Is it at the dock or is it in the town for a shuttle to take you to the dock.
2017-12-31 19:34
Hello Lee,

Thank you for the good question. Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal is at Yichang Downtown area, and the detailed address is at No. 142, Yanjiang Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City (facing Wanda Plaza) 宜昌市伍家岗区沿江大道142号(万达广场对面). It is about 15 kilometers to the New Century Port at the suburb of Yichang. You could take a local taxi to get to the port for about 30 to 40 minutes. Also, you could take a local bus 103 and 10-1 to get there for about 1.5 hours. Besides, if you want to arrive at the port with speed and convenient without waiting for the vehicle, you could choose our local transfer service, and the charge is reasonable.

Wish you a great cruising trip on the Yangtze River!
VISA to Japan
Can advise if Chinese national need visa to go to Japan on a Cruise ? On
the same issue, can you he to find out name & contact telephone number of Agents in China ( Shanghai , Beijin etc) who handles Royal Caribbean Cruise ( Cruise Ship: Quantum of the Seas) I have tried but not successful in finding name of Agents responsible for this Cruise Ship.
Appreciate your assistance.
2017-09-18 03:47

Thanks for your question. As you know we provides only the services of Yangtze River cruise, we are not familiar with the information about cruises overseas. However, you could know about the VISA and documentations needed for cruising to Japan by checking the official website of Royal Caribbean: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/beforeyouboard/travelDocumentation.do.

Wish a nice cruise trip to Japan!
I understand you only response to questions related to Yangtze Cruise. But, being overseas travellers, we hope you would help to find out for us the contact telephone number of Agent in China (say, Shanghai, Beijin etc.) who handle Royal Caribbean Cruise to go on board "Quantum of the Seas" in February 2018 departing Baoshan, Shanghai. I search website but could not find answers to my queries. I really hope you would render your assistance in this aspect.
Also, would the Travel Agent in China help Chinese nationals to apply for Visas to go to Japan at a fees ?
2017-09-18 03:28
Hello TAN,

Thank you for the question. I’m sorry to tell you that we do not know about which agents handle the Royal Caribbean Cruise, but you could visit the official website of the Cruise company to find the answer about booking details and fees: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/.

Have a nice cruise experience!
Century Paragon Cruise - Yangtze 3 Gorges
We are booked for Century Paragon Cruise. Are we to get on board the cruise in Taohuachun Port ?
Is it convenient to get taxi from Crown Plaza Hotel to Yichang Taohuachun Port ?
& when we side bark Century Paragon in Chongqing, are taxis available from Port to J.W.Marriott hotel ? What are the taxi fares ?
Please advise
2017-09-18 02:00

Thank you for the question. Yes, Century Paragon cruise use Taohuacun Port for embarkation and disembarkation in Yichang city. And taking a taxi from Crown Plaza Yichang to Taohuacun Port is very convenient since there are not many buses to the port, and the driving time would be about 40 to 50 minutes for different routes of about 13 to 17 kilometers, and it may cost about 25 to 35 Chinese Yuan. When in Chongqing, you could also take a local taxi from the Chaotianmen Port to J.W.Marriott Hotel, which needs about 20 minutes for about 3 to 4km and would cost about 10 Chinese Yuan. But the fee would be higher especially when there are traffic jams.

Wish you a nice cruise experience on the Yangtze River!
New Century Port to Yichang Railway Station
I am confused. Per 'Yichang Port Guide' , it takes 15 minutes from New Century Port to Yichang Railway. Yet when I go to maps.google.com and enter '1 Jianshe Road, Xiling District, Yichang' (location of New Century Port) and to 'Yichang Railway Station', I got 1 hr 16 min. What am I missing? I intend to take the Oct 25 Gold 6 Chongqing to Yichang and once arrived at Yichang, catch the train to Zhangjiajie at 13:13. I will already have a paper ticket at that time. Will I make it assuming it only takes 15 minutes?
2017-07-31 19:23
Hello Luis,

Thank you for the question. Good to know your cruise in October. Yichang Railway Station is about 10-20 km driving distance from Yichang downtown for three different routes, which takes 25-40 minutes to arrive at by the local taxi according to the time and traffic conditions. You could use the updated new address: New Century Port, Yiba Road, Xiling District, Yichang City, Hubei Province (湖北省宜昌市西陵区宜巴公路新世纪码头).
Usually, Yangtze Gold cruise ships dock at Yichang New Century Port at about 12:30 in the noon, and it is recommended to arrange your train to Zhangjiejie departing from Yichang after 14:30 on your disembarkation day in Yichang since you need time for disembarkation, waiting for the vehicle and other steps for catching the train.

Wish you a wonderful cruise trip in China!
Boarding Time
I got a ticket for Century Paragon Cruise from Yichang. The boarding time is 18:30-21:30. Is it ok if the train arrive in Yichang East at 18:00?
2017-06-25 13:00
Yes, Dominik. If you arrive at the port in Yichang at 19:00, you can board the cruise between 19:00 - 21:30.
If I arrive at 19:00 on the port I got 2,5 hours for boarding.
Hello Dominik,

Thanks for the question. Since for Yichang to Chongqing Yangtze River cruise, Century Paragon docks at Yichang Taohuacun Port (桃花村码头) that is about 20 kilometers away from Yichang East Railway Station and usually needs about 40 minutes to arrive from the station by taxi. If your train arrives at Yichang East Railway Station, you would arrive at Taohuacun Port at around 19:00 by taxi, during the boarding time. If you want to transfer without hurry, you can change a train arriving in Yichang earlier before 17:00 in the afternoon. Besides, you can book our local transfer service, which lets you save the time for waiting the vehicle and finding the way.

Have a nice trip onboard the Century Paragon!
regarding yangtze gold cruise terminal in yichang
How long it take to go to the cruise terminal from Yichang main railway station and mean of trasport eg taxi to get there and the cost of a taxi for 4 persons?
2017-06-12 01:09
Hello Eng,

Thank you for the question. For all Yangtze Gold cruises, the terminal for embarkation and disembarkation in Yichang is the New Century Port, which is about 11.5 kilometers away from Yichang Railway Station. Since the port is a little far from the city center, there are not many public buses to the port, and the local taxi that can take up to 4 passengers is a good way to transfer from the railway station to the port, which will cost about 15 minutes and about 25-30 RMB.

Have a nice trip onboard your Yangtze Gold cruise!

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