China holds almost a mysticism about it; the ancient culture and traditions that are still very much in use today and the stunning misty scenery is something that lives long in the memory for anyone who is lucky enough to view it. It is for these reasons that China Cruises are so popular and they attract literally thousands of people every year as they sail up an down the Yangtze river.
Indeed, the Yangtze is one of the most well known rivers in the world; it is the third longest in the world and stretches for a whopping 6500 km all the way up to the Tibetan Plateau. It is still an important trading and economic route for the country even more so now considering how advanced the Chinese economy is becoming these days so it holds an crucial role in both trade and leisure.
Shanghai is usually on the agenda when taking a Yangtze Cruise
If you are considering going on a Yangtze Cruise then it is worth knowing just what kind of sites you will be expecting to see in the process.
The first and foremost thing to talk about is the landscape; when you are sailing along the river your surroundings are truly wonderful; jungle, forests with a backdrop of steep mountains is the order of the day here and the sunset and sunrise is something that you really cannot miss out on as it illuminates the features around you and exerts a feeling of serenity.
Shanghai is usually on the agenda when it comes to a cruise in this part of the world and it is often seen as the most Western of Chinese cities.
That being said it is still full of traditional Chinese sights and the silk trade and silk shops that exist in the city are something that should really be seen while you are there.
The Yuyuan Gardens are another delight to see on the Yangtze. Another example of the ancient customs still being used, the gardens are found in the Old City near Shanghai and most cruise excursions will include this attraction and with its ancient design and peaceful nature why wouldn’t they include it?
Fengdu is another popular attraction on the Yangtze river; even though, according to Chinese legend, it is the place where the devil resides and it has an incredibly eerie feel to it.
Fengdu is still very much worth the visit for the spiritual overtones that it has and no cruise along the Yangtze would be complete without a visit here.
China is become a country that is opening itself up to the west – much in the same way Russia has done – and this means that is stunning sights are becoming more well known and widely talked about.
A cruise down the Yangtze can last from a few days to a couple of weeks and your length of journey will depend on how much of the route you will want to see; given the vast array of things on show from ancient temples to just some of the astounding landscapes then you will probably want to see it all.