Yangtze Cruise Tips

Yangtze Cruise Tips mainly introduce the tips before a Yangtze River cruise, during a Yangtze River cruise, after a Yangtze River cruise, which can help you what to do before, during and after a Yangtze River cruise and can help you have a better Yangtze River cruise.

Before a Yangtze River Cruise

Best Time for Yangtze River Cruises

It is suitable to take a Yangtze River Cruise all year around. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to take a Yangtze River Cruise. To be specific, the best time to take a Yangtze River Cruise is during April-May and September-October. This is also the height of the Yangtze River cruise season. At these times of the year, the weather is warm and mild, and flight schedules are stable. The prices are the lowest for winter cruises and the highest in high seasons. Winter is also a good season to take a Yangtze River cruise tour. Prices are lower and  the scenery in the Three Gorges can be more breathtaking due to the much lower water level in winter. In summer, the school summer holidays cruise are more likely to be fully booked.

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Choose the Most Suitable Yangtze River Cruise Route

Chongqing, Yichang and  Shanghai are the main port cities along the Yangtze River, where travelers can start their wonderful Yangtze Cruise tours. Among all, Chongqing Port(Chaotianmen Port) and Yichang Ports(including New Century Port, Taohuacun Port and Maoping Port) are comparatively more frequently used for the upstream and downstream Yangtze River cruise between Chongqing and Yichang. All Yangtze River cruise lines offer the Chongqing Yichang cruise routes and have been operating the cruises between Chongqing and Yichang for so many years. What’s more, Yangtze River Cruise Routes and Yangtze River Cruise Routes between Wuhan and Shanghai are the important cruise routes on Yangtze River.

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Yangtze River Climate

As the third largest river in the world and with a length of 6,307 kilometers (3,900 miles), the Yangtze River runs through eleven provinces. Situated in the subtropics with latitude of 30 degree north, the weather on Yangtze River features strong wind, humid and less sunshine. The average temperature in July is about 30°C (90°F) and lowest in January is about 10 °C(50°F). In summer, there is often thunder storms and heavy rain. The level of water in the river is higher from July and September, while winter is cold and water level lower.

Climate in Major Cities along Yangtze River

Necessary Documents

  • A passport with minimum of 6 months validity is required for passengers from all countries to take a Yangtze River Cruise.
  • It is necessary to bring your medical record attached with your doctor’s name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company’s name, address and phone number.
  • Chinese visa

Note: You need make sure that all travel documents that are required ready such as Passport or at least some proof of citizenship which includes a valid government issued photo I.D.


It is quite easy to exchange money in China and the rates will be more favorable, but it is advisable to exchange a small amount in your country before leaving. In most cities of China, banks, hotels, airports, even big shopping malls offer the foreign currency exchange service. In some of the places, the self-service facilities are also equipped with such function for overseas tourists. While for small cities and remote areas, it is not easy to exchange currency or use a credit card, so it is advisable to take enough money when you are going to visit those areas.

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Downstream or Upstream

Taking a Yangtze Cruise is nearly one must-do thing during the trip in China for almost all of the foreigners nowadays. It is true that the prices of both streams are the same for most cruise routes except that of between Chongqing and Shanghai, where the price of the upstream is more expensive. However, few travelers know about their differences—Yeah, that’s right, downstream cruises are normally shorter than upstream cruise and shore excursions may also vary according to different schedules.

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How to Choose a Yangtze River Cruise Ship

The Yangtze River is important to the cultural and historical origins of southern China, the best way to experience the charming sceneries and historic culture of Yangtze River is take a Yangtze Cruise. Here we offer the thoughtfully-selected luxury Yangtze cruise ship series as Victoria Cruises, President Cruises, Yangtze Gold Cruises, Century Cruises and CCOTC Cruises, which are have good recommended feedback on our customers. Of course, you can choose the most suitable ship according to your requirements. 

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During a Yangtze River Cruise

Best Yangtze Cruise Shore Excursions and Attractions

As an icon of Chinese civilization, Yangtze River has nourished China’s long and splendid culture. The part of Yangtze River between Chongqing and Yichang has many famous historical sites and natural sceneries. What’s more, the Yangtze Shore Excursion Sites will offer you the best positions to enjoy the beauty of the longest river in China and experience the local culture and most authentic local flavors.

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Note: The itineraries of different cruise companies such as Victoria Cruises, Century Cruises, President Cruises, Yangtze Explorer, Changjiang Cruises, and Yangtze Gold Cruises vary from each other slightly. Please check the details before book the ideal cruise.

Ship Activities & Services

Once you take a Yangtze River Cruise, all things for you to do is enjoying your Yangtze River cruise trip. A Yangtze cruise is more than a vacation, it’s an experience. Enjoying the sun on a private veranda, sharing happy time with your loved ones or new friends over dinner, appreciating profound and ancient culture of China on lectures – these special moments on ship will fill your experience with a memory that will last a lifetime.

On a ship, you can enjoy the services, such as luggage service, front desk service, professional guide service, guest room services, catering services and facilities services. What’s more, you can also enjoy some activities services. When you are onboard, there are kinds of activities for you, such as singing dancing performances, lectures, calligraphy show, tea show, Tai chi playing, kite flying and more cultural activities. Besides, 3 to 4 shore excursion land tours are arranged for tourists to experience typical historical sites along Yangtze River.

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After a Yangtze River Cruise

We support and take care of you after your Yangtze River cruise! An overview of some important information helps make your disembarkation as easy as possible. To guarantee you a totally worry free transfer, we offer the local transfer service between cruise ports and airports, train stations etc. If you have any questions about the Yangtze River Cruise, please contact us even the cruise has completed.

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