Yangtze River:Combining historical and Modern China

On June 26, 2013, in China Attractions, Cruises, Tours, Yangtze River, by Sandy Li

The Yangtze River has long been the lifeblood of China. Just as with any river, the Yangtze has been part of hundreds of historical and cultural events. The Yangtze River is the third largest river in the world and is nearly four thousand miles long. Throughout the history of China, this river has played a […]

The Yangtze River has long been the lifeblood of China. Just as with any river, the Yangtze has been part of hundreds of historical and cultural events. The Yangtze River is the third largest river in the world and is nearly four thousand miles long. Throughout the history of China, this river has played a crucial role in the lives of the people who call the shores of the Yangtze home. Not only has this river given life sustaining water and a means of irrigation to the people who call it home, but it has also been used as a means of shipping goods and people from west to east. The Yangtze has more than just a historical significance; it’s an important part of modern China as well.

Whether you are a person who is interested in the history of China or you want to see the more modern wonders such as the Three Gorges Dam, there is more than enough to keep you occupied when visiting the Yangtze River. When it comes to history, in many ways the history of the Yangtze River is the history of China. While many people look to the Great Wall of China as a source for understanding the history of China, the fact is the Yangtze River has played a much more vital role in the past of the Chinese people. When you journey along this river, you will have the chance to visit ancient battlefields, inspiring monasteries and more. If you enjoy learning a nation’s history, you will not be disappointed with what a trip along the Yangtze will yield.

If you are not one for history, do not worry, there is plenty of the modern world to see along the Yangtze as well. One of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams spans the Yangtze River. This dam, called Three Gorges Dam, is a breathtaking example of the will and strength of the Chinese people. This massive structure dominates the surrounding region and is considered by many to be one of the modern wonders of the world. This dam is used to put out more electrical power than any other damn in the world and is truly beyond description. However, not only is the Three Gorges Dam part of the Yangtze River, but the modern city of Shanghai is part of a Yangtze journey as well.

 Along with historical and modern attractions, the Yangtze River offers stunning natural vistas for visitors to feast their eyes on. Because the Yangtze runs west to east, it literally cuts China in half, giving people a unique opportunity to view the geographic wonders of China. Places such as Qutang Gorge and Three Little Gorges offer visitors a chance to see the land of China at its most beautiful. The picturesque locations will inspire the soul and truly give people an understanding of so much of what the Chinese people hold dear.Your journey along the Yangtze will be an amazing one and perhaps be one of the most significant experiences in your life. This river is not only the lifeblood of China, but also a way to see this world in a way that will give you a true understanding of China and its people.

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Take a Visit to Yangtze River

Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third longest river in the world only after Nile in Africa and Amazon in South America. Rising high from the Tanggula range in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, it flows for 6,418 kilometers eastward across most southern part of China. Before it empties itself into East Sea in Shanghai, […]

Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third longest river in the world only after Nile in Africa and Amazon in South America. Rising high from the Tanggula range in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, it flows for 6,418 kilometers eastward across most southern part of China. Before it empties itself into East Sea in Shanghai, Yangtze River traverses 11 provinces and cities including Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai. Along with the Yellow River, Yangtze River is considered the most important river in China and the cradle of Chinese civilization.

Yangtze River is blessed with many beautiful gorges, big or small. Some gorges are remarkably magnificent, some are intimidatingly precipitous and some are just amazingly beautiful. Most attractive part of the river is the Three Gorges: the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge. Thethree Gorges is a 400 mile (650km) stretch of the river starting from Chongqing down to Yichang, Hubei Province. Among this stretch, the Yangtze River winds its way through the limestone cliffs and high mountains above raging rapids. You can select a 5-star international cruise ship or a budget ferry which suite your pocketbook best. No matter which one to choose, you will find a good value for what you get. Have a drink and soak yourself in the magical sights of Yangtze River, which will present diverse layers of landscapes with clean water, vibrating waterfalls and green peaks.

 

Besides its picturesque scenery, The Three Gorges area has been a rich and fertile land since ancient times. Here people can experience unique and colorful culture. You will find the Tujia Ethnic Minority’s culture enjoyable and interesting. Before marriage, women of Tujia ethnic group sing wailing songs for one month to show their gratitude to parents’ love and care and their reluctance for leaving home. The Jingchu culture, mainly regional culture of Hubei Province and Hunan Province, is famous for its various food specialties, local languages and dialects, and handcrafts, and so on. When you cruise along the Yangtze River or just travel in the Three Gorges area, don’t forget to visit famous historical attractions such as the Ghost City of Fengdu, Guan Yu Temple and the Three Gorges Dam. They are treasures of Yangtze River which will complete and make your  trip in china perfect.

Explore magical Yangtze

On May 30, 2013, in China Attractions, Cool Places, Cruises, Rivers & Gorges, Yangtze River, by Sandy Li

To the western 10,000 kilometers away from the North America, there is a beautiful and mysterious ancient country-China. China enjoys long history, vast land and various ethnic nationalities. It boasts of one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Great Wall, of the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and above all, of the longest […]

To the western 10,000 kilometers away from the North America, there is a beautiful and mysterious ancient country-China.

China enjoys long history, vast land and various ethnic nationalities. It boasts of one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Great Wall, of the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and above all, of the longest in Asia, the third largest river in the World, breeding Chinese nation and Chinese Civilization-the Yangtze River.

Yangtze River Bridge Yangtze River, the China’s greatest mother river, originated from Tibetan Plateau, the world’s highest plateau, covering over 6,380 km across the eastern, central and western economic areas of China. Its watershed area stretches to 1.8 million square kilometers, accounting for China’s 1/5 land area.

Yangtze River, which is endless in sight, surges from west to east through such provinces as Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai. The different stretches of Yangtze leave the different landscapes across regions, waiting for you to discover and explore.

With the coming of this summer, China National Tourism Administration Organization will come to New York,discover ‘the source of the beautiful China’ Washington, and Toronto with Yangtze River tourism enterprises to introduce the magnificent and magical journey of the Yangtze River to the North America.

The Yangtze River is one of the most stunning rivers in the world, with a wide variety of tourist attractions, scenery, and cultures along its length. And admiring the three gorges on a luxurious cruise ship must be the most appealing thing to do for most people, no matter young or old, for the simple reason that a cruise up or down the Yangtze River is something that any tourist to the region wouldn’t want to miss.

A cruise tour will not add much weight to your financial burden, but only to increase your pleasure during the voyage. The voyage itself and the ship’s well-equipped amenities are a part of your enjoyable experience, as well as the interesting destinations along the way. A Yangtze River Cruise will take you through the three gorges and the Three Gorges Dam, offering you the chance to see some of the most unimaginable scenery, not to mention your unique experiences of encountering with China’s rich cultural relics as well as some gorgeous vistas that will forever be treasured up in your memory. You can start now by imagine yourself standing on the deck of a huge cruise ship and enjoying the gentle breeze!

 Now, please join us to the Yangtze River to discover ‘the source of the beautiful China’!

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Beyond the Yangtze River

On June 20, 2011, in Cruises, Tips & Ideas, Yangtze River, by Jack Li

A wide country as China never stops to surprise its visitors, offering much more than a monotonous tourist experience, indeed thanks to the Yangtze river and Yangtze Cruise it is possible book a cruise travelling along various remote and modern destinations at the same time, reviving the historical traditions and developments of this unique route. […]

A wide country as China never stops to surprise its visitors, offering much more than a monotonous tourist experience, indeed thanks to the Yangtze river and Yangtze Cruise it is possible book a cruise travelling along various remote and modern destinations at the same time, reviving the historical traditions and developments of this unique route. It is recommended to start the cruise from Shanghai, Shanghai flights. The Yangtze from Chinese “Long River” represents not only the China ‘greatest river, but also a main transport route of the past. The river extends itself for more than 4’000 miles, reaching the same size of the Mississippi. In fact it is the fifth largest river in the world (by volume) measuring ten times the Nile.

As previously mentioned the Yangtze has constituted a fundamental transportation path, promoting the development of several cities along its banks. Chinese civilization first developed along the Yellow river (Huang He) and shortly thereafter spread to two other major areas, the lower Yangtze basin and the rich agricultural lands of Sichuan covering an area of almost a thousand km. The Westernized name Yangtze come from the mix of the two rivers Yangzhou and Zhenjiang called Yangzi, as this has been the first name heard by British explorers and missionaries, that finally has stuck to it. The other reason of its name is that, the river’s name was in honour of the emperor Yang. However most of the locals are not familiar with the English version of the name, struggling to understand the word Yangtze, for this reason tourists should call the river with its proper mandarin terms “Chang Jiang”.

The river stretches along many cities starting from Shanghai, which represents the financial capital of the modern China, as it has started to develop only in the 19th century. Meanwhile destinations such Wuxi, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Nanjing important as rival of Beijing, Wuhan, Yichang also known as the getaway to the Gorges and finally Chongqing one of the china’s largest cities, all the above destinations give the opportunity to revive China’s old traditions experiencing a unique holiday. In top of this the river not only reaches Chongqing as its last destination but it stretches far beyond, indeed the river has the headwaters deep in the Tibetan mountains. Indeed more adventurous tourists, it is possible to follow the river much further than Chongqing. However visitors on the Yunman tourist trail are able to see some of the upper reaches of the close river Lijiang. Part of the Yangtze constitutes one of the three rivers at the “Three Parallel Rivers National Park”, a UNESCO World heritage located in Yunnan. Furthermore the Yangtze passing by several ancient cities gives the opportunity to visit other main destinations that do not sit on its banks, but easily accessible. One of those is certainly Hangzhou which is not only the capital of Zheijang near Shanghai but it is also connected by the “Grand Canal” to Wuxi and Suzhou. The latter represents a must-see attraction in China, indeed the city of Suzhou characterized by its gardens, and canals, is one of the most traditional city out there, offering spectacular flowers and plant collections including the typical Bonsai. Tourists should also visit Chengu, the capital of Sichuan as it represents one of the Yangtze’s tributaries.

The best way to visit those destinations is a cruise through the Yangtze River, but also the high speed rail thanks to improving quality gives the opportunity to visit several of the city mentioned above such as Nanjing-Wuxi-Suzhou-Shanghai-Hangzhou routes. For further information tourist should consult China Tours.

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Overview:Yangtze Three Gorges

On March 18, 2011, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

The Three Gorges are nestled in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. You won’t miss it when planning the Yangtze Cruise of your China Tours. The Three Gorges have showed the magic workings of nature with their marvelous and beautiful mountains and waters. The grotesque peaks and rocks on the two sides of the […]

The Three Gorges are nestled in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. You won’t miss it when planning the Yangtze Cruise of your China Tours.

The Three Gorges have showed the magic workings of nature with their marvelous and beautiful mountains and waters. The grotesque peaks and rocks on the two sides of the Three Gorges are accounting the great changes taking place in the region in the past billion years, and the variegated wracks of lives during the past hundreds of millions of years. There have been so many visitors attracted here by the charming thousand-year-long history of the region, the great ancient relics of human civilization, and the mysterious folk tales.

Sandwiched between the mountains on the mid part of the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges runs across Fengjie and Wushan Mountain in Sichuan Province and Badong, Zigui and Yichang in Hubei Province, extending 193 kilometers long to include Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xilingxia Gorge. City of White Emperor in Feng Jie is the vital passage of the west part of the Three Gorges. Nanjinguan in Yichang is the important gate way of the east part. Along the banks of the Yangtze River, the high peaks rise in emerald verdure, overhanging rocks tower into the clouds, dangerous cliffs seem to reach the sky, rocks are jagged and grotesque, waterfalls are spraying and sparkling, clouds and mists are curling, rapids and torrents are seething, and fierce waves are deep, serene and exquisite.

Currently the Three Gorges region is most famous for the Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is located at a place called Sandouping in the middle of the Xiling Gorge. The dam cuts off the flow of the river, and therefore the water level in the Qutang, Wuxia and the western portion of the Xiling gorges has risen. Although the dam changes the scenery of the Three Gorges (the gorges is less narrow and the mountains appear lower), as the mountains reach several thousand feet above the river, the gorges still offer spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs. Besides, the increase in width of the Gorges allows larger ships through the gorges and river traffic of all kinds will also increase.

 

Qutang Gorge

From east to west, Qutang Gorge measures 8 kilometers, starting from Baidicheng and ending at Daixi township. With vertical cliffs of some thousand meters high as its two flanks, the Qutang Gorge is only a few dozens of meters wide just like a narrow gate way. With swash and rumble, the surging Yangtze River pours into the gateway with great momentum. Looking up towards the tops of towering precipitous mountains along the gorge, one sees from a boat only a narrow strip of clouds and sky, but under foot the River tears on violently. Qutang Gorge is outstanding for its grandeur and magnificence.

 Wuxia Gorge

Wuxia Gorge extends 40 kilometers from the mouth of Daning River of Wushan Mountain in the west to Guandukou of Badong in the east. The Wuxia Gorge is gifted with exquisite peaks and lush mountains and ranges. It’s deep and serene with changeable weather. The rolling river twists and turn and boats zigzag their way along, as if cruising in a fantastic gallery. The twelve peaks of Wushan Mountain all rise to the blue sky. They are endowed with various fascinating shapes. Among them, the most fabulous is the Peak of Goddess. It pierces through the heaven, and towers over the Yangtze River. A protruding rock of the Peak has the shape of slim girl shrouded in clouds and mist faintly visible as if clad in fine gauze dress, looking attractive and exding tenderness and love. 

Xilingxia Gorge

Xilingxia Gorge measures 75 kilometers from Xiangxikou to Nanjinguan. The whole Gorge area is covered with high mountains, gullies, dangerous shoals and hidden reefs of various sizes. The best-known perilous shoal is Qing Shoal. It’s formed by collapsed craggy cliffs. Surging waves and rapid currents chum over the shoal embedded with rocks and stones here and there, and then drop two meters in elevation. Ships go downstream over the shoal at an arrow speed, but up the shoal is as difficult as climbing a steep hill.

 

Now viewing the Gorges properly can only be done on a river cruise. If you are interested in such Nature’s Gift and wonderful Chinese landscape, please book your China Flights and come to the Three Gorges.

The Yangtze River in China

On December 9, 2010, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Yangtze River, by Jack Li

It is widely believed that china travel is more and more popular amongst travelers around the world. Generally speaking, the most favorite places which most travelers visit are famous cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, and so on. However, I am going to introduce you a new itinerary for your China Tours, which is the cruise—on the […]

It is widely believed that china travel is more and more popular amongst travelers around the world. Generally speaking, the most favorite places which most travelers visit are famous cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, and so on. However, I am going to introduce you a new itinerary for your China Tours, which is the cruise—on the Yangtze River.

Overview

The Yangtze River is the longest river in China, and the third longest one in the world, after the longest one—the Nile in Africa and the second longest—Amazon River in South America. The most attractive parts of Yangtze River is that it goes through many provinces, such as Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, total to 11 provinces, as a result, when travel along the riversides, you will enjoy different landscapes, from peaceful water to the rapid reach, and appreciate different Chinese minorities’ life styles.

The optional itineraries

One of the great itineraries related to the Yangtze River is from Beijing to Chongqing to Yichang. The first two days, you will have an opportunity to hang out in Beijing. The attractions include Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Olympic Games Sites, etc. The shining point in Beijing Tours is that you can both enjoy the historical sites and the post Olympic Games Sites, appreciate the ancient culture and the modern buildings. The next two days, we are going to visit Chongqing, which is known as the Mountain City, given that the geography. Chongqing is located in the southeast of China, and many of minorities get together. This is a good opportunity for you to appreciate the unique characteristics of Chinese minorities, such as their dressing, their custom, culture, etc. The lesser Three Gorges, situated on a tributary of the Yangtze, are much smaller, narrower and have some dramatic scenery to offer. They are only passenger boats can make their way up the narrow gorges and winding river. On both sides impressive stone cliffs are interspersed with surrounding rural scenery and forested areas. And you’ll find a cordial reception both in the natural scenery and in warm local people. It was selected as one of the forty top tourist attractions in China. The Lesser Three Gorges like a shinning pearl hidden in remote mountains. What’s more, there is a Must-Try in Chongqing, is that the local food. Chongqing cuisine is noted for its distinctive spicy and pungent flavors. Chongqing dishes are spicier and stronger in taste. Chili pepper, sesame, fermented black bean, ginger, garlic, wine, soy sauce and an array of flavorings are used in almost 40 different cooking methods, which include drying, salting, spicing, pickling, frying and smoking. Color, smell, flavor, shape, and nutrition are all carefully balanced in Chongqing dishes–no wonder people say that Chongqing food is not only attractive but nutritious.

The last two days, we are going to travel to Yichang City. It is located at the west of China’s Hubei Province, where the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River are divided. Yichang has been defined as a distributing center, an important trading port and a transportation hub along the Yangtze River linking west Hubei and east Sichuan since ancient times. For a very long time, it has been renowned as “Gateway to the Three Gorges”. Today, as well as a cultural and tourist city in China, Yichang remains a brisk river port of China, controlling the access to Chongqing City to its southwest. And the most attractive part of it is the Three Gorges Dam, the Yangtze Three Gorges Water Control Project, which is located at Yichang, Hubei Province.

So, this is about the whole itinerary, why not book your China Flights and join us…

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The Best Cruise Tour Operations:II

On December 7, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Tours, by Jack Li

Chongqing to Yichang Itinerary Introduction Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang is known as a gold line of navigation. It’s the best scenic part of the Yangtze River, its shinning beauties keep attracting the eye sights from every corner of the world. Mountains, gorges, hills, plains, with changing scenes on different geographic shape,like a painted corridor […]

Chongqing to Yichang Itinerary Introduction

Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang is known as a gold line of navigation. It’s the best scenic part of the Yangtze River, its shinning beauties keep attracting the eye sights from every corner of the world. Mountains, gorges, hills, plains, with changing scenes on different geographic shape,like a painted corridor filled with historic legends, should give you a marvelous experience.

Day 1

Destination: Yichang

Highlights: Get aboard on this day

9:00 pm Depart from Yichang

Yichang City is located at the west of China’s Hubei Province, where the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River are divided. For a very long time, it has been renowned as “Gateway to the Three Gorges”. Today, as well as a cultural and tourist city in China, Yichang remains a brisk river port of China, controlling the access to Chongqing City to its southwest.

Day 2

Destination: Three Gorges

Highlights: Three Gorges Dam site, Xiling Gorge
Morning visit Three Gorges Dam site, which is 27 miles upstream from Yichang City, 38km upstream from the Gezhouba Dam Lock, inside the third of the Three Gorges. The height of the Three Gorges Dam will be 185 meters. All 26 generators will be put into operation. The project is scheduled for completion in year 2009.

Xiling Gorge is the last of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze. The whole Gorge area is covered with high mountains, gullies, dangerous shoals and hidden reefs of various sizes. The best-known perilous shoal is Qing Shoal. Ships go downstream over the shoal at an arrow speed, but up the shoal it’s as difficult as climbing a steep hill.

Day 3

Destination: Three Gorges

Highlights: Qutang Gorge ,Wu Gorge,Small Gorges or Shennong Stream

Qutang Gorges is the first of the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River. With vertical cliffs of some thousand meters high as its two flanks, the Qutang Gorge is only a few dozens of meters wide just like a narrow gateway.

Wu Gorge is gifted with exquisite peaks and lush mountains and ranges. It’s deep and serene with changeable weather. The rolling River twists and turns and boats zigzag their way along, as if cruising in a fantastic gallery.

Shennong Stream, a tributary of the Yangtze River, rises in the southern part of Shennongjia Natural Reserve. With crystal clear steam flows swiftly from north to south through deep gorges, a sampan tour will allow you to experience a speedy adventure.

Day 4

Destination: Three Gorges
Highlights: Ghost City or Shibaozhai

Fengdu is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The town is overlooked by Ming Shan Hill, home of Tianzi, the King of the Dead. Shibaozhai Stone is 52 km away from Wanxian, simply a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs, standing on the riverside. From afar, the protruding 220-meter (720 foot) hill on the north bank can appear to resemble a jade seal, and is so named.

Wanxian is a small mountainous city known as the gate way to East Sichan. The city’s silk-spinning and weaving industries are well known in the Yangtze Gorges region.

Day 5

Destination: Chongqing

Highlights: Passengers disembark from the ship

9:00 am Disembark Chongqing, which is a modern city, China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Within its borders Chongqing encompasses a wealth of water reserves, mineral resources, dense forests, and abundant flora and fauna. The focal point of the unique Yangtze Three Gorges Dam, Chongqing is a tourist attraction as well as a commercial city.

Enjoy your China Tours, good luck!

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Amazing Private China Tours

On December 1, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Have you ever considered had a perfect china travel? What are you going to do to plan your trip? Do not worry about that, China Youth Travel Service (CYTS) will give you some suggestions. CYTS, which has a long history, is an online travel agency that provides a variety of travel services throughout China. You […]

Have you ever considered had a perfect china travel? What are you going to do to plan your trip? Do not worry about that, China Youth Travel Service (CYTS) will give you some suggestions. CYTS, which has a long history, is an online travel agency that provides a variety of travel services throughout China. You can find Chinese hotels information, China Flights; tour Packages and other tourism information on its website, which is www.chiantraveldepot.com.

In the following article, I will give some recommendations which is about the tour itineraries.

Yangtze Cruise Tours

Yangtze River is the longest river in China, and the third longest one in the World, after the Amazon and the Nile. This tour will give you a unique memory to your China travel experience and see more of China than just ancient cities. The itinerary is from Beijing to Chongqing to Yichang to Shanghai. Beijing, as the capital of China, and the cultural center and political center of the Nation, has been well known by the tourists both domestic and abroad. Usually, people who travel in Beijing would like to hang out to the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, etc. I think the most unique feature of Beijing is Hutong Culture, the long and narrow alleys between the ancient buildings. You can hang out there and enjoy the different view of Beijing. Next travel destination is Chongqing. It is a modern city, China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Within its borders Chongqing encompasses a wealth of water reserves, mineral resources, dense forests, and abundant flora and fauna. The focal point of the unique Yangtze Three Gorges Dam, Chongqing is a tourist attraction as well as a commercial city. After travelling in Chongqing, let’s go to the next beautiful city—Yichang. Yichang City is located at the west of China’s Hubei Province, where the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River are divided. Yichang has been defined as a distributing center, an important trading port and a transportation hub along the Yangtze River linking west Hubei and east Sichuan since ancient times. For a very long time, it has been renowned as “Gateway to the Three Gorges”. Today, as well as a cultural and tourist city in China, Yichang remains a brisk river port of China, controlling the access to Chongqing City to its southwest. Along the Yangtze River we will arrive in Shanghai, the largest port city in China. Shanghai, after holding the World Exposition, has attracted lots of tourists. It is the economic center of China, so there are many world famous banks and other financial institutions are located here, you definitely hear about the Bund, the prosperous area in Shanghai. Moreover there are many other attractions in Shanghai, and also famous restaurants. Shanghai is China’s biggest port city, since ancient time, it was thronged by traders from all over the world and was densely populated with both Chinese and foreigners. Different cultures can find their positions or even blend with each other here. Generally speaking, restaurants in Shanghai feature the various kinds of dishes, like Beijing food, Yangzhou food, Wuxi food, Cantonese food, Hangzhou food, and Shanghai’s local dishes. Moreover, you can find famous dishes from many countries, such as western cafes, American food, Japanese food, Indian food, Korean food, and more. One of the famous Shanghai snacks is Crab-brown Flaky Pastry. It is crispy, delicious, aromatic and as brown as the color of a cooked crab. The fillings include green onions, pork, crab meat, shrimp, sugar, mashed beans, and jujube paste. All these snacks are delicious and you can have a try.

For more information about China Tours, click on www.chinatraveldepot.com.

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River cruise in China

On November 9, 2010, in Tours, Travel Info, Yangtze River, by Jack Li

When booking a trip to china, its best to shop around so you get the best deal, I would personally recommend booking a trip with China Tours or if its flights that you want check out China Flights.  After Checking a few websites for different cruises in China, I settled on the Yangtze River cruise […]

When booking a trip to china, its best to shop around so you get the best deal, I would personally recommend booking a trip with China Tours or if its flights that you want check out China Flights.  After Checking a few websites for different cruises in China, I settled on the Yangtze River cruise which covers the very famous Three Gorges. I chose this route because it is steeped in many centuries of history and culture, it also has the most magnificent and unique scenery.

The steep mountains

The tour consist as the name suggests of Three Gorges Qutang Gorge,Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge and is 200km in length. It starts in the mystical foothills of the Himalayas with the South China Sea running across leading to beyond Shanghai. The first Gorge is the ‘Qutang Gorge’, it is 8km long and takes 20-30 minutes to pass through this is the smaller of the three, it was very exciting everyone came on to the top deck to see us pass through.

Gorges

The Yangtze river holds the title of the third largest river in the world, with the most bridges spanning throughout it. Throughout the tour the cruise ship makes many stopovers in quaint little cities which are still very traditional and noncommercial. Also on certain tours you will be treated to a night stop over in Hubei province which is amazing, a very worthwhile stop.

Yangtze Three Gorges Map

As the the trip progressed we were treated to the sheer cliffs and mountains that seemed to be as tall as the eye could see, it is spectacular and very daunting to have a colossal structure each side as we progressed down the very narrow path of rushing water. We passed by many old town’s that looked so idealistic away from all the hustle of every day life. Every now and then we would see a fishing boat or an Chinese person catching fish from the side of the banks. It was so relaxing but very interesting, to really appreciate the Gorges it must be done by a river cruise.

If this account has inspired you to book a similar trip I would suggest logging onto china travel for some great tips and cheap solutions to travelling China.

River! Cool! Bring You the Yangtze River Tours

On October 25, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

China is a beautiful country, with a lot of attractions and natural scenery. China Tours will give you many surprises, the Royal Gardens, the ancient local customs and so on. For China Travel, one of the great scenery you cannot miss is Yangtze River. Yangtze (Changjiang River) is the longest river in Asia— 6397 km. It […]

China is a beautiful country, with a lot of attractions and natural scenery. China Tours will give you many surprises, the Royal Gardens, the ancient local customs and so on. For China Travel, one of the great scenery you cannot miss is Yangtze River.

Yangtze (Changjiang River) is the longest river in Asia— 6397 km. It originates from the mountain Tanggula in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and finally goes into East China Sea. The whole river passes 11provinces in south of China, include Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Shanghai.

Yangtze River tributary, include many tributaries. E.g. Xiangjiang River: also known as Xiang River, the main tributary of the Yangtze River, it is one of the largest rivers in Hunan Province, drainage area of 94,600 square km, length 856 km.

Yuanjiang:Yuanjiang also known as Yuan River, the second largest river in Hunan province, it has two sources, the leading source in Southern River—from Guizhou Province, North source is also from Guizhou Province on Majiang Ping.

Dongting Lake: it is the second largest freshwater lake in China, located in the northern part of Hunan Province. It has an area of 3968 square km. The lake mainly consists of East Dongting Lake, Wanzi Lake, Muping Lake, and so on. Dongting Lake is most famous for the poetries about it, in ancient China, many great poets wrote Chinese poetries here, to show their experience, or express their feeling of life.
Han River: also known as Hanshui—the longest tributaries of the Yangtze River. It originates in the southwestern Qinling Mountains in Shanxi Province.

Jialing River: its drainage area is the largest one in the Yangtze River’s largest tributary.

The Three Gorges Dam is in the middle section of the Xiling Gorge at Sandouping, 44km upstream from the city of Yichang. It is the world’s largest hydro-electric power station that traverses the Yangtze River aimed both at harnessing the power of the Yangtze to create hydroelectric power and controlling the river to prevent flash flooding that historically caused a great deal of damage. The huge project took 17 years starting from 1994 to 2009 with total investment of 180 billion Yuan RMB and rural-urban migration of one million people.

Just visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information, and follow this travel route, you will have a deep view of the Three Gorges, and go sightseeing along Yangtze River, finally Travel to Shanghai, the largest flourishing international metropolis.

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