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Nanchang Tengwang Pavilion at Nightfall (Photo: chuyuss/Shutterstock)

About China River Cruises

A China river cruise on the Yangtze tops the bucket list for most sophisticated travelers. On most cruisetours, being on the ship is only part of the experience as tour companies spend time in Beijing and Shanghai before boarding. Once you're on the Yangtze, expect to see mysterious temples and pagodas, small towns and rural life and the dramatic scenery of Three Gorges.

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    What is the best time to cruise to China River?

    China river cruises are along the Yangtze River, which experiences peak tourism during the spring and fall, when the weather is cooler and more enjoyable for most people. Though not the most popular times to visit, there are sailings offered throughout the summer and winter months and those tend to be more affordable. For more information, check out Yangtze River Cruise Prices: How to Find a Good Deal.

    Which cruise lines go to China River?

    All of the big names in river cruising seem to have a presence on the Yangtze, including Uniworld, Viking, Avalon Waterways, Grand Circle Cruise Line and Tauck, among several others.

    What are some things to do in China River?

    Scenic cruising of the Three Gorges region, touring Three Gorges Dam and excursions to the Great Wall of China are some of the highlights of a China river cruise, but there are many other cultural excursions on offer from sampling traditional Peking duck to touring a jade factory. Find out more with Yangtze River Cruise Tips.

    Do you need a passport to take a cruise to China River?

    A passport (and visa) are required to travel to China, though the visa is often handled through your river cruise line.

    What should I pack for a cruise to China River?

    The most important thing to pack for a China river cruise is your tourist visa. Otherwise, any comfortable attire suited to the expected weather during your sailing as well as comfortable walking shoes are essential. During the late fall or early winter, you'll definitely want a warm coat and hat.

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