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Yangtze River, China

Yangtze Cruises

There’s no better way to experience China’s stunning landscapes and ancient culture than on a Yangtze cruise holiday. With ever more comfortable boats, there has also never been a better time to go.

Arguably China’s most dramatic river, the Yangtze has been celebrated in poetry and painting for at least 2,000 years.

It is one of China’s most important transport routes, carrying a huge amount of cargo and passengers, yet also one of China’s most formidable barriers.

Yangtze River, China
Yangtze River, China

From the Tibetan Highlands to the East China Sea, a distance of 6,380 kilometres, the world’s third longest river traverses a timeless ever-changing landscape of deep gorges and towering mountains. Its Chinese name is simply Chang Jiangor (Long River).

During the course of a cruise on the Yangtze, your boat will pass through the most impressive section of the whole river, the famous Three Gorges. The scenery is unrivalled anywhere with crystalline waters, rich forest and soaring rock formations little altered for thousands of years. Embark on shore excursions in the company of knowledgeable onboard guides during the day, returning to your comfortable small boat in the evening to soak up the evening scenery over a well-earned sundowner.

Experiences

Dazu Grottoes

Explore the Buddhist artwork and cave sculptures at Dazu Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit Local Communities

Onshore excursions include the chance to mingle with the locals and visit their communities.

Experience Tai Chi

Join in with a traditional Tai Chi exercise class on the deck of your Yangtze cruise ship.

Dumpling Cookery Lesson

Learn how to make Chinese dumplings, one of China’s most recognised delicacies, with the on board chef.

Three Gorges Dam

Visit the mighty Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre.

Cruise the Yangtze River

Glide along hidden Yangtze River tributaries where rural Chinese life, beautiful scenery and 5,000 years of culture remain.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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