Question by Winnie: Is cruising the Yangtze river still worth it now that the dam is operational?
Has anyone cruised down the Yangtze river and the Three Gorges recently? I heared rumors that the cruise would not be as dramatic since the dam has been in operation. Anyone have pictures? If you had to choose, is it more worth it to visit Guilin instead?

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Answer by drjkfu
To be honest, I was always told it wasn’t worth it BEFORE the dam. I lived in China for five years. I not once went on that cruise, and I have been to hundreds of places. My favorites for pure natural beauty (in no particular order) are Huangshan (shan=mountain), Lushan, Huashan, Zhouzhaigou, Guilin/Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie. Of these places I mention, Huangshan and Guilin/Yangshuo are most convenient. I am taking friends to Guilin/Yangshuo for my FOURTH visit next summer. The Li River cruise and a day on a bicycle through the villages between the Karst mountains are must do’s.

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