If you are boarding at Jingzhou or Yichang then you need to travel via the capital city of Hubei province, Wuhan. You can visit the Hubei Provincial Museum if you are interested in history and culture of china before your Yangtze River tour. It is one of the best museum and with huge amount of historical and cultural relics.
You can take taxi from Yichang airport to the New Century Pier which is about 24 miles away and takes about an hour to reach. You can also reach there through the Public bus no 10 from Yichang.? You will find many attractions on your way to the New Century Pier of Yichang which includes Xiling Gorge Scenic Area and Sanyou Cave (an optional attraction for your affordable China tours). Sanyou cave is a famous attraction which has scenic beauty as well as historical significance and it is only at a 10 minute walking distance from New Century pier.
Chongqing (famous travel city for top 10 China tours) is Chinese metropolis and Chqikou Old town is lively old area with busy and authentic community. You can enjoy the souvenir shops, music, teahouses, local foods and snacks which is closer to the river. It has lively old area which has been restored partly but there are remains of authentic and busy communities. The houses are old wooden and the streets are narrow and furthest from the river. The local food is a must try for you.
You can see the giant pandas at Chongqing zoo which is next to the Chengdu Giant panda breeding and research base. If you are staying for one day in Chongqing, then you might be definitely interested in seeing the Dazu Rock Carving which is one of the famous World heritage Sites. They are remarkable for the rich diversity of the subject matter, aesthetic quality, both religious and secular and they shed light on the everyday life of china during the period of 650 AD. They also provide extraordinary evidence of the harmonious synthesis of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. In 1999, it was listed in World Heritage site by the UNESCO to make contribution to China tourism.
Tips about the Yangtze River cruise