New Century Cruise Upstream Cruise: Yichang-Chongqing 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS UPSTREAM ITINERARY Yichang - Chongqing Day 1- every Thursday Board the ship from 17:00PM-22:00PM Day 2-Friday Morning visit Three Gorges Dam site Sail through the Three Gorges dam shiplocks and Xiling Gorge Day 3-Satday Excursion to Small three Gorges or Shennong Stream Pass through Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge Day 4-Sunday Shore excursion to Fengdu Snow Jade Cave Day 5-Monday 9:00 am disembark Chongqing Ms. Century Star Remark: Itineraries and times are subject to change according to river conditions
Yangtze River Travel Tips 1.Prices are in US dollars per person, based on twin occupancy, and including all the meals and shore excursions. Double bed rooms are on request, but with few accommodations and the possibility may vary among different cruises. Besides, it is at a greater cost. One bed (0.5 twin room) occupancy reserve is also available, but you must share the room with other passengers of the same gender.Extra beds are available for children aged 2-11 for 75% of the adult cruise fare, depending on the cruise line. 100% cruise fare is to be paid by all children above 12 years old or adults. (Please ask your travel consultant for more details.) -Infants under 2 years old are to be charged 10% of the adult cruise fare.-The single room supplement is 70-100% of the cruise fare. 2.Cruise ships are star-rated, but it might not meet the standard of the same level hotels. Bed rooms and toilets are comparatively small. The standard cabins usually are from 8 to 16 sq. meters not including bathroom. So extra beds might narrow the space.（extra beds for children is feasible） 3.Yangtze River Cruise operators reserve the right to cancel a scheduled sailing if they do not receive enough bookings for the sailing. This situation is more likely to occur in low season but can also occur in September and October. The cancellations can occur even though they have previously confirmed the reservation made by China Highlights for our customers. Cancellation of a sailing usually occurs 15-30 days before the scheduled date but sometimes might be within 2 days before the sailing. In the event that a cruise is cancelled we will do everything possible to rebook immediately on another ship, so that inconvenience is minimized. It is possible that an additional expense may be applicable if the available ship is more expensive than that of the original booking. Please be assured that these events are beyond our control but we are here to serve you and will do all in our power to make your trip as smooth as possible.4.Downstream and Upstream Downstream voyages start from Chongqing, and head to Yichang, Wuhan, or Shanghai. Upstream voyages start from Shanghai, Wuhan or Yichang, and head to Chongqing. Your travel consultant may recommend a certain city to suit flight connections or your itinerary. Usually downstream cruises will take less time than upstream ones, but they are more expensive on some ships because of higher demand from travelers. Some shore excursions may be different to those advertised, because of changes in the schedule, but will by no means be less interesting. Shore excursion itineraries are subject to change based authority notice, weather conditions and water level. 5.China Highlights Travel highly recommended that you to book airport-pier/pier-airport transfers together with the cruise. The ships do not use the same dock at pier each time so it may be difficult to find the correct point of departure.
Yangtze River Travel Tips 6.A visit to some scenic spots requires a steep climb up many steps from the river level to the bank. In Fengdu and White Emperor City, there are many steps lead to mountains at scenic area. A chairlift usually operates at Fengdu which is on your own expense. Not wanting to climb the stair......no problem, stay on the ship and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a deck chair. A Cable car from the pier to the terminal is at Chongqing are on your own expense and you can also hire a carrier to carry your luggage when go ashore. 7.Shore excursion itineraries are arranged by the cruise company. (The cruise company will make a briefing introduction of the shore excursion after boarding) You will be accompanied by the cruise staff during your shore excursion. The vehicle and other sightseeing traffic are arranged by the cruise company on spot. Please follow the instructions and return the ship on time. 8.Meals might vary among different cruises. Generally meals are served buffet style both in Chinese and western style for breakfast. Featured Chinese table service is served at lunch and dinner. If you have any other special requests, such as vegetarian diet or Muslim food, please contact us in advance. We will inform the cruise company in due course. Please reconfirm with manager on board upon check in. For any additional cost involved, it will be on your own account. 9.Services might vary among different cruises. Usually, Internet services on the cruise ship can be unreliable. Most ships have internet cafes which is a fee-based service. Rooms are not internet equipped. (Sometimes, cell phone and Internet signal strength might be unstable so your communication might be interrupted) Other secretarial services including photocopying, simultaneous translating typing, personal computers, fax capabilities may be available as fee-based services. Laundry service is available including washing and pressing but no dry cleaning on board.10.Various activities and performances are on the cruise. Usually the captain and crew will extend their warm welcome by holding a cocktail meeting. There will night performances like costume show, magic show, Sichuan Opera & the Magical Mask Change. Other interactive activities give you an opportunity to understand the Chinese traditional culture, like those are Taiji experience, snuff bottle painting learning, Chinese traditional medicine introduction and cooking class and etc. Activities and performances may be different among different cruises.11.Remember to prevent from sunburn and to keep warm. It is a bit cold on the deck at night so a coat is necessary.12.The managers and service staff on the ship are responsible to take care of your trip since our guides will not accompany you along the cruise. If you have any requests, just contact them. You can tip them as your gratitude for their satisfactory services. Yangtze River Cruise FAQ, please click: http://www.chinahighlights.com/faq/yangtze/
Xin Shi Ji Pier Map of Yichang Xin Shi Ji Pier Three Gorges Passenger Center Railway Station Bus Station Yichang airport--Xin Shi Ji Pier 60 minutes Yichang airport--Yichang City 40 minutes Xin Shi Ji Pier--Yichang City 20 minutes To Yichang airport & Wuhan
Day 1 Board the ship and overnight accommodation Yichang Xin Shi Ji Pier
Day 2 Start from Yichang, 0700-0800, buffet breakfast. About 0800-1100, land excursion 【 Three Gorges Dam 】 . Then back to ship, through 【 Xiling Gorge 】 and 【 Wu Gorge 】 . Then join 【 captain's welcome cocktail party 】 . In the evening, there is a 【 party 】 , shows that performed by crew, and also include some interesting games, which will show you the colorful life during your trip. 【 Three Gorges Dam 】 -Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. Since Sep 1st, 2005, the first 1000 tourists each day get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities.
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam In the morning, passengers go ashore at Huang Ling Temple pier
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam Get on the bus from Huang Ling Temple and transfer to Dam district
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam After 5 minutes drive to the ticket office, you get off the bus and pass the security check, and then get on the bus again to drive to the Dam
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam About 7-8 minutes later, you arrive at viewpoint No.185 where you may have a close look at the Dam.
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam After admiring the Dam closely at viewpoint No.185, in 5 minutes’ drive you get to the Information Center where displays a detailed miniature of the total project
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam Stepped onto the top of Tan Zi Ling scenery-view platform to have a bird’s eye view of the project.
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam On the left hand side of Tan Zi Ling scenery-view platform are the locks
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam The views from Tan Zi Ling scenery-view platform
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam You can see the Three Gorges Dam from Tan Zi Ling scenery-view platform
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam Be transferred back to Huang Ling Temple Pier to board the ship
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam Approaching the ship locks
Day 2 - Three Gorges Dam The ship moves into the lock. It will take about 4 hours to pass through all 5 locks.
Day 2 - Xiling Gorge Xiling Gorge starts at Badong County and zigzags for 76 kilometers (47 miles) down to the Nanjin Pass in Yichang. It is the longest part of the Three Gorges system with dangerous rapids like Xietan, Qintan and Kongling, collectively known as the Three Rapids of Xiling
Day 3 About 0700, ship will through 【 Wu Gorge 】 and 【 Qutang Gorge 】 , 0720 buffet breakfast in the restaurant. About 0830-1300, take small boat to excursion 【 small three gorges 】 . To view the beauty sight of the place. In the evening, 【 Kara OK competition 】 , and 【 masked ball 】 【 small three gorges 】 -The small three gorges (Lesser Three Gorges) are the three separate valleys of the Daning River: Dragon Gate Gorge, Misty Gorge and Emerald Gorge. These lie on the lower reaches of the Daning, which flows into the Yangtze. The gorges are truly spectacular. Sheer cliffs soar up towards the sky from the brown-green water. Mountain tops hover above the ribbon of mist, disconnected from their roots. Its "subtle mountains, clear waters, pretty rocks, dangerous rapids, sharp turns, fantastic caves, and stalactites in various shapes" create the timeless beauty that you see in Chinese landscape paintings. Monkeys, mandarin ducks and other water birds can be seen loitering on big boulders in this area. In addition to the wonderful natural scenery there are a number of historical places of interest along the way, such as a suspended coffin, boat coffin, and remains of ancient plank walkway
Day03 - Wu Gorge Wu Gorge (Wuxia Gorge) is 45kilometers long, extending from the mouth of the Daning River in the west to Guandukou in Badong County, with Hubei Province in the east. It rises with its lofty peaks following the Qutang Gorge. Also known as the Great Gorge, it is a long and neat gorge mainly divided into two sections - the Golden Helmet and Silver Armour Gorge and the Iron Coffin Gorge.
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges The pier of The Lesser Three Gorges where passenger change to take the small boat
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges The boat for Lesser Three Gorges visits can hold about 100 people
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges In the boat
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges The scenery of The Lesser Three Gorges
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges The scenery of The Lesser Three Gorges
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges After 1.5 hour cruise，you will change to take a wooden boat for cruise of little lesser three gorges.
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges The wooden boat for little Lesser Three Gorges which can hold about 20 people. The part will last for about 20 minutes.
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges The scenery of little lesser three gorges
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges The scenery of little lesser three gorges
Day03 -The Lesser Three Gorges When the little Lesser Three Gorges trip is over, you get back to the small boat and return to the ship.
Day03 – Qu Tang Gorge Qutangxia Gorge, about 5 miles long (8 km), is the shortest, but the most perilous with torrential water roaring down from high cliffs. The narrowest part is less than 100 meters. Qutangxia is flanked by steep cliffs that face each other like a gigantic gate.
Day 4 0700 【 Morning Coffee 】 at Coffee Bar. 0730 Chinese & Western styled buffet breakfast at restaurant. Also, there is a lecture for the Three Gorges.About 0900-1200, land excursion 【 Fengdu Snow Jade Cave 】 , which be praised by 《 China National Geographic 》 -“the most beautiful cave in China”. Then back to ship to join 【 captain farewell banquet 】 . 【 Fengdu Snow Jade Cave 】 -Snow Jade Cave is a new sight spot in Three Gorges, it is located centre of the Three Gorges. It is the same route with Fengdu Mountains , Dragon River Stream, Southern Lake, and Fairy Mountains . It is 12 km from Fengdu new town. As we know, Snow Jade Cave long as 1,644m , with total 3 levels – upper, middle, and lower. There are 6 excursion areas, named, Heroes, Heaven, Upstairs, Northern Scene, Palace, and Prosperity. In the cave, there are 100 and more beautiful places, and 4 of them are world class beauties, which are, biggest Tower Coral, 8m long stone chess , 4m high Terra Shield, and ice wonder.
Day 4 - Feng Du Snow Jade Cave You get off the boat at Feng Du pier
Day 4 - Feng Du Snow Jade Cave New Feng Du County You will be transferred from New Fengdu county to Snow Jade Cave, it will take about 30 minutes by bus. Tips: There are many steps at pier, please wear suitable shoes
Day 4 - Feng Du Snow Jade Cave Cave entrance
Day 4 - Feng Du Snow Jade Cave Beautiful scene in the Cave.
Meal on board breakfast and lunch is buffet style. Dinner is Chinese set menu dinner Tips: For any special mealrequest such as vegetarian food, please inform the boat manager upon you check in on board
Night entertainment on board Every night, there are entertainment shows performed by the cruise staff, you are welcome to join in by singing or dancing.
Day 5 - Chongqing Chao Tian Men Pier Day 5 9:00 am disembark Chongqing
Day 5 - Chongqing Chao Tian Men Pier The staffs wave goodbye to you. The stairs are narrow and there are many of them, a cable car or porter service is recommended. Your tipping to boat staff would be very appreciated. Tip box
Day 5 - Chongqing Chao Tian Men Pier The cable carts at Chongqing Chao Tian Men Pier
To airport To railway station Ci Qi Kou old street Chao Tian Men pier People’s Hall & Three Gorges Museum Er Ling Park people’s Square Bus Station Zoo Chongqing airport – City (pier) 40 minutesChongqing railway station – City (pier) 40 minutes Map of Chongqing
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