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With over 6,300 kilometers long, the Yangtze River is the largest and longest river in China. It is also the third longest in the world, only shorter in length to the Nile in northeast Africa and the Amazon in South America. It is also the Mother River of China and known as Changjiang River(长江) in China.
The source of the Yangtze River lies to the west of Geladandong Mountain, the principal peak of the Tanggula Mountain chain in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, southwest of China. Yangtze River passes through Yunnan, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Jiangsu Province and Shanghai City, eventually flows into the East China Sea. The whole drainage area of Yangtze River is more than 1,800,000 square kilometers, covering 20% of China’s territory.
The Yangtze River Cruise is absolutely a unique experience to challenge the complicated Yangtze nature landscape, especially in the section between Chongqing and Yichang. People refer to this area as the Three Gorges, including Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge, and Xiling Gorge. It will take you through the cradle of China, giving you the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Highlights of a Yangtze River cruise tour are not only the magnificent waterside scenery of the gorges, but also shore excursions to Fengdu Ghost Town, Shibaozhai Temple, Shennong/Shennv Stream, Three Gorge Dam and etc. (source from VirtualTourist)
Note:There are three parts divided for Yangtze Cruise, which are The Upper Reaches, The Middle Reaches and The Lower Reaches as are described below.
(1)The Upper reach: from Plateau Tanggula, the start point to Yichang, Hubei Province, counting 70.9% of the whole Yangtze distance.
(2)The Middle reach: from Yichang to Hukou, Jiangxi province, counting 15% of the whole Yangtze distance.
(3)The Lower reach: from Hukou to Shanghai, counting 14.1% of the whole Yangtze distance.