Yangtze Cruise Tips

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Is this the first time you are going on a Yangtze cruise rather than a 'normal' vacation and you want to know if you like it? What is the cruise experience like? Am I the right person who is adaptive to a cruise? You are in the right place to find anything you need to know before you make decision.

We have assembled most practical planning tips for Yangtze cruise travelers. You can find information and suggestions about Cruise Preparation, Choose an Itinerary and On Board Experience.

Never Cruised Before

If you never had a cruise along the Yangtze River but would like to get one, there are some advices on choosing and booking a Yangzte cruise vacation to share, which can help you a lot. It is quite sure that attractions on the river bank, shore excursions and ship activities and service are all important aspects to consider.

Spring and autumn are the most favorable seasons to make a Yangzte River cruise. Average temperatures of cities, clothing tips at daytime and nights, packing smarts and cash money on board should be considered. In addition, tips on health care, reminding of proper documents, ticket fares and staterooms for family with kids on ships and even pets are included here.

We offer the most popular itineraries for your reference. These plans follow the itineraries passing the major port cities along the Yangtze, including Chongqing, Yichang, Wuhan and Jingzhou. You can choose an upstream or a downstream cruise according to your travel plan.

On-Board Experience

All events, however small, are given to assure you a pleasant experience on board. Here we offer detailed introduction to categories of Yangtze ship decks and cabins. Dining and entertainment facilities on board are satisfying. Information on the cruise cost is available including the general cost and extra expenses on special items on board such as the secretarial services and facilities to stay in touch with your friends or families. Additionally you should pay high attention to our tips for security, luggage and valuables.

 Recommended Tours:

 11-Day Small Group Tour to Beijing/ Xi'an/ Chongqing/ Yangtze River Cruise/ Yichang/ Shanghai from $1579

 18-Day Private Tour to Beijing/ Xi'an/ Guilin/ Yangshuo/ Guilin/ Chengdu/ Chongqing/ Yangtze River Cruise/ Yichang/ Zhangjiajie/ Shanghai


Getting to know more tips for travel in China, please visit China Travel Advice.

- Last updated on Jan. 18, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Yangtze Cruise Tips
Asked by Mike Reed from USA | Sep. 21, 2019 18:22Reply
Wish to find Yangtze Cruise, Embarking on 2019-11-27 at Fengie, Disembarking at Yichang.
Wish to see scenery of each of the 3 Gorges for at least a few hours during daylight. I am a 72 yo male, traveling budget class. Willing to share cabin with English speaking male. Pls let me know if you can arrange and list costs in USD, showing items included and excluded from fare . Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide from CHINA | Sep. 24, 2019 23:03

Dear Mike,

Thanks for your attention on the TravelChinaGuide.com! We are sorry to inform you that we don't provide such cruise route. We only have tour packages from Chongqing to Yichang.

Best regards
Asked by Aaron Tan from MALAYSIA | Nov. 16, 2018 17:22Reply
Hi. Want to find out about Yangtze River cruise
When is the best season to go ? I don’t like hot summer. How many days? How much?
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Answered by Ashley from CANADA | Nov. 18, 2018 18:15

Generally, the spring (April and May) and the autumn (September and October) are the best time to have a Yangtze River Cruise. It takes about 3 to 6 days according to different cruises and the fare ranges from CNY1,300 to 5,000 with different classes of cruises.
Asked by laily from MALAYSIA | Aug. 23, 2016 09:57Reply
Trip to Zhangjiajie N Yangtze Cruise
Flight from Malaysia to Changsha n return from Chongqing to Malaysai Kuala Lumpur. How many days do we require for the trips? The cruise we needs 4 days trip. Please advise . Thanks.
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Answered by Rebecca from MEXICO | Aug. 23, 2016 20:12

Laily, it should take 7~10 days to finish the tour. But I personally suggest you contact TravelChinaGuide to have a tailored tour. They will well arrange the transportation, accommodation, and ticket-booking. It can be very convenient. You can send an e-mail to this address: traveltravelchinaguide.com. May help!
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