Question by Pisces: Has anyone went to Yangtze river for cruising?
Do you recommend it? I’ll also plan to go to Pekin, Xian and Shanghai. Is there a lot to see around there??? How is the atmosphere?
Answer by THEGURU
With its great distances, countless museums and long coach rides, China can be tiring for even the most enthusiastic tourist. That’s just one of the reasons why a Yangtze River cruise works so well within a standard tour of China, as it provides time for perspective and relaxation in the middle of a challenging excursion. Combine that with the continuing interest in the river generated by the construction of the Yangtze River Dam, and it’s easy to see why many tour operators continue to make such cruises a centerpiece.
Sun Yatsen laid out his vision for the great dam that is now being built. Operators continue to push the fact that travelers must see the river before the dam is completed in 2009, when the Yangtze will dramatically change. Indeed, the diversionary canal at Xiling, which runs for a mile and a half around the dam’s construction site, has already altered the cruise experience, even before the anticipated rising of the waters that the completed dam will cause.
“Despite all that, the Yangtze River remains a wonder. From its beginnings in the mountains of Qinghai Province to Shanghai on the East China Sea, the river runs 3,690 miles, feeding one in 15 of the world’s population along the way. It’s longer than U.S. Interstate 80 (New York to Los Angeles), and is the third longest river in the world, after the Amazon and Nile. The esthetic heart of the river is the 118-mile stretch that runs through the Three Gorges, the walls of which rise as high as 1,000 feet.
“The standard cruise, covering approximately 850 miles from Wuhan to Chongqing, typically lasts between three and six days, depending on whether the vessel is heading up or downstream. Passengers take in numerous temples, some thousands of years old; the essential Chinese beauty of mountain, mist and river; and village life along the river.
“The dam will raise the river by 560 feet, creating a lake 360 miles long that will submerge many of these ancient villages
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