Yichang to Chongqing

Yichang to Chongqing, 4 night Upstream cruise itinerary

Day 1 - Yichang, on board the Yangzi Explorer

This evening you will board the Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Chongqing. The ship will set sail on its upstream course the following morning through the Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometres (402 miles) and is considered by most Chinese to represent the single most scenic area in all of China.

Day 2 - Xiling Gorges & Three Gorges Dam Project

07:15 AM: Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. Learn from our certified Taichi master and experience the soothing art form in the outdoor observation deck area or inside the Tang Theatre.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Lecture, Discussion, Arts & Craft Demonstration.

12:00 Noon: International Lunch Buffet – served at the Dynasty Palace.

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Center - arrive at the Three Gorges Dam Project site and embark on a tour of the area, this tour will serve as a general introduction to the project site, which, currently, is the world’s largest engineering project.

5:00 PM: Xiling Gorge Viewing – (the Three Gorges Dam sits in the first part of the Xiling Gorge) is the longest of the Gorges, measuring some 76 kilometres (47 miles) in length. One of the most memorable passages in the Xiling Gorge is through the Yellow Ox Gorge (Huangniu Xia) where the river widens and sweeps under the Huangling Temple that stands amid groves of orange and pomelo trees (a variety of citrus related to the grapefruit).

6:30 PM: Captain’s Welcome Reception – meet with the Captain and other Department head of the ship.

7:00 PM: A la Carte Welcome Dinner - enjoy a wide selection of items from our specially designed a la carte menu by our award-winning chef.

9:00 PM: Crew Show Performance – enjoy an evening of well-prepared entertainment by our crew members.

Day 03 - Shennong Stream, Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge

07:00 AM: Tai Chi Exerciser – Observation Deck area or inside at the Tang Theater.

07:30 AM: International Buffet Breakfast – served at the Dynasty Palace.

09:00 AM – 1:00 AM: Cruising Shennong Stream – disembark from the ship at Badong and board a ferry for transfer to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen. The scenery is unrivalled anywhere along the middle course of the river, with crystalline waters, rich forest and towering rock formations. The Shennong region is home to several species of endangered flora and fauna including the elusive Golden Hair Monkey and many varieties of medicinal plants.

1:00 PM: International Lunch Buffet – served at the Dynasty Palace.

2:00 PM: Wu Gorge Viewing – Wu Gorge, noted for the sheer, looming appearance of its numerous peaks, marks this portion of the river. The cliff faces rise so sharply that legend relates that the "sun rarely penetrates to the river". The most famous of the peaks is the Shennu Peak (Goddess Peak), also called the "Observing the Clouds Peak", which is believed to represent the figure of the maiden Yao Ji, the 23rd daughter of the Queen Mother of the West. According to Chinese folklore, Yao Ji descended to Earth when she was 18 and so loved the region of the Wu Gorge that she built a palace there. She also promised to guard travellers through the treacherous rapids and dangerous rock faces of the gorge by turning into the protective peak while her twelve handmaidens became the twelve sentinel peaks found throughout the gorge.

4:00 PM: Qutang Gorge Viewing – during the late afternoon the ship will enter Qutang Gorge through two imposing cliffs, which resemble a towering door into some otherworldly destination. Just 8 kilometres (6 miles) in length, the Qutang Gorge is the narrowest stretch of the river on your cruise itinerary, only 150 metres (485 feet) at its widest point. The banks are guarded by sheer cliffs soaring 1,200 metres (3,900 feet) in height while the river water gushes forward channeled along by the great force built up at the Kui Men which marks the western extremity of the gorge.

5:30 PM: Arts & Craft Demonstration.

7:00 PM: A la Carte Dinner – served at the Dynasty Palace.

9:00 PM: Movie of the Day.

Day 4 – Fengdu or Wanzhou

07:15 AM: Tai Chi Exerciser – at Observation Deck or Tang Theatre.

07:30 AM: International Buffet Breakfast, served at the Dynasty Palace.

09:00 AM: Excursion to either Fengdu, a charming river village noted for its elaborate Daoist temple and bustling markets or Wanzhou,a village that provides a unique glimpse into one of China's remote communities. Gain insight, mingle with the locals and see how school children receive their early education.

12:00 Noon: International Lunch Buffet, served at the Dynasty Palace.

2:30 PM: Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy – watch and participate as the art instructor shows and explain the method of Chinese painting and writing.

3:00 PM: Mahjong Lesson – learn and understand the favorite pass-time of the Chinese “Mahjong” an ancient game that has been played throughout generations.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM: Chinese 101 – Mandarin lesson

5:45PM – 6:15 PM: Dumpling Making – our chef will personally teach you the many secrets of Chinese dumpling making.

7:00 PM: Emperor Farewell Dinner – Enjoy a proper Chinese banquet feast and participate by dressing up along with the crew.

Day 5 - Disembark in Chongqing

07:30 AM: International Buffet Breakfast – served at the Dynasty Palace.

08:30 AM: Disembarkation.