China river cruise tours are experiencing a revival judging by its recent surging popularity. When people talk about China river cruises, they generally mean Yangtze river cruise tours that showcase the Three Gorges. The Three Gorges form an impressive section of the Yangtze river, which stretches close to 200 kilometres. This section of the Yangtze River has inspired numerous Chinese poets and painters over the centuries.
Luxury Yangtze river cruises came about in the late 1970’s, when China emerged from 10 years of chaos known as the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). For almost three decades, Yangtze river cruise enjoyed spectacular growth, right up to when the Three Gorges Dam was completed in 2006.
Significance of Yangtze River
At 6,380km the Yangtze is the longest river in China. It is also the third longest in the world after the Nile and the Amazon. Like the Yellow River, it is considered a cradle of the Chinese civilization. Rising in the Tanggula Mountains in west-central China, the Yangtze River flows southeast before turning northeast and then generally east across south-central and east-central China to the East China Sea near Shanghai. It is known as Jinsha River in its upper course and Changjiang (long river) in the lower reaches. Chief tributaries include the Yalong, Min, Jialing, Han, and Wu rivers. Among the mega-urban centres along the Yangtze are Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan and Chongqing. The lower Yangtze basin is the birthplace of rice cultivation and one of the most strategic granaries of China.
China River Cruise with Laurus Travel
Due to popular demand, many of our China tour packages include a 3 or 4 day river cruise on the Yangtze, going upstream or downstream. Cruising downstream used to be much faster than going downstream. But since the completion of the Yangtze River dams near Yichang, the difference has become insignificant. The scenery certainly is the certainly same going in either direction.
Laurus Travel has been a longtime partner with New York-based Victoria Cruises. We chose the company primarily for its high quality. Laurus Travel passengers sailing with Victoria Cruises enjoy a range of exclusive amenities such as complimentary alcoholic beverages and a la carte dining.
We are also a partner with Chongqing headquartered Century Cruises to better serve the needs of our diverse customer base. This is a newer cruise line with newer ships.
China River Cruise – Li River
Sometimes, people may be referring to the cruise on picturesque Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo when asking about China river cruise. We have that too. In fact, many of our China tours include Guilin where the Li River cruise is a key component of our tour itinerary. We transfer to the pier after breakfast in the hotel and arrive at the pier in less than 40 minutes. The five-hour cruise down the Li River is a spectacular experience you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. The 83km stretch of the river between Guilin and Yangshuo affords breathtaking scenery as the river snakes through tall karst mountains, gigantic bamboo sprays, and picturesque villages — sights that have inspired countless poets and painters for generations.In fact, cruising the Li River is like watching a giant scroll of Chinese watercolor unfolding before your eyes.
China river cruise – Li River, Guilin
Tours with China River Cruise