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.
The world's third-longest river, after the Amazon and the Nile, the Yangtze is just over 3,900 miles long, flowing from the Tibet Plateau east across the entire country before emptying into the East China Sea near Shanghai. Cruisers won't be traveling that distance, however, as most ships just ply