Upon arrival in Chongqing, transfer to the ship and embark on your Yangtze River Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Today, start sailing for a distance of 430 miles in all the great gorges. In the morning, you could enjoy the spectacular view from the deck or you could take an optional tour to Fengdu – China’s ‘City of Ghosts’ (CNY 290 /pp).
After lunch, take a shore excursion to the Shibaozhai. The Shibaozhai is a 12-storey wooden pavilion built in the Ming Dynasty, which looks like a giant bonsai on the Yangtze River. A cofferdam was builtaround the Shibaozhai to protect it from the rising water level caused by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam.
After returning to the cruise ship, you will be invited to the Captains Welcome Party.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning sail into Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and probably the most fascinating gorge. Later sail through Wu Gorge. It is well-known for the legend of 12 fairy maidens became the 12 peaks of Wu Gorge.
Then you could take an optional tour to White Emperor Town, which is famous for historical temples and legends (CNY 290/pp). After lunch change to the “peapod” boat for sailing deep into the Shennong Stream for a 3 hours exploration.
The contrasting heights of these gorges and the narrowness of the river make this area one of the most dramatic scenes in the world. Notice the ruins of the ancient plank road along the cliff face as well as the coffins suspended from the cliffs above.
Afterwards, sail through the Five-step Ship Lock.
In the morning take a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest dam and hydroelectric project in the world.
Then sail down the Xiling Gorge. Later, disembark at Yichang and transfer to the airport or train station.