An old saying goes "If you haven't traveled up Yangtze River, you haven't been anywhere" because the river winds through some of China's most spectacular scenery. In the western Wu Shan (Witch Mountains) it meets the world-famous Three Gorges renowned for their dramatic beauty, cultural treasures, religious and historical sites, and most recently for the building of the controversial Three Gorges Dam which now become one of top spots for last minute China travel deals.
The stunning scenery makes the Yantze River tour along the Yangtze a 'must do', either alone or as part of a longer trip. The Rising waters means that some sights have been lost but the phenomena has created newly navigable tributaries with amazing new sights and of course, the Dam itself, which is due for completion in 2009. The world's largest hydroelectric power plant will generate the equivalent of 15 nuclear plants, control the centuries-old problem of devastating floods and allow navigation well into the interior. (25% of China's ocean cargo enters the river between Shanghai and the sea.
Chang Jiang (also called 'Yangtze River') has always been a major means of transport and has a colorful and exciting history. Ships were pulled by hand through some of the more dangerous reaches by 'trackers' working from narrow paths cut into the steep cliffsides. The pilots and captains that picked their way through the whirlpools, rocks and wildly fluctuating water levels have achieved legendary status.
These days, however, you can cruise the Yangtze in comfort and take in various sites and shore excursions along the way. The following are the attractions between Chonqing and Yichang listed from west to east: Chongqing, Fengdu (where you can experience ghost culture of China for your China best tours ), Zhongxian, Shibaozhai, Wanxian, Yunyang, Fengjie, Badong, Zigui, Maoping, Yichang, Plus Three Gorges, Lesser Three Gorges , Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Dam. If you choose to continue to Wuhan, there are will be more attractions to visit including Yueyang & Yellow Crane Tower. By cruising all the way to Shanghai, you will be able to do shore excursion to Nanjing and Yellow Mountain.
Apart from the beautiful Scenery, you will enjoy a lot from the particular local culture like: Burial Custom, Festivals, Ghost City, Peddlers, Relics, Remains and the Trackers to color your travel to China.
The General Idea of Yangtze River Cruise