Yangtze River ( Chinese Chang Jiang ) is the largest in China and the third largest in the world after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America about 3,964 miles. Starting from the Tanggula Range in Qinghai Province in western China, passes eleven provinces and cities from west to east, including Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai and flows into the East China Sea in Shanghai.
Chinese name: 长江 (Cháng Jiāng)
Other names: Yangtse / Yangzi River, Yangtze Kiang
Length: 6,380 km (3,964 miles)
Source: Glacier of Jianggendiru, west to the Geladandong Peak, the main peak of Tanggula Mountain
Source elevation: 5,042 m (16,542 ft)
Yangtze cruises between Chongqing, Yichang, Wuhan and Shanghai are the proper cruising trip along the river. Tourists can discover a river abounding with amazing natural beauties and historic relics. The most attractive sites will be the Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. During the cruising trip there are onshore excursions, tourists can enjoy the spectacle of Fengdu Ghost City, the unique architecture of Shibaozhai, the fun of drifting in Shennong Stream and the wonder of Three Gorges Dam.
Best reason to visit is during the Spring and Autumn period from April to June and Sept to Nov.
Some cruise stop running in winter season. Summer time will be raining season, not good for taking the cruise.
Please visit: http://www.worldweather.org/001/c00240.htm for weather information before traveling.
Foreigners travelling to China requires a visa stamped on a full passport with validity of not less than 6 months upon entry to China. China visa is required for major foreign passport holder. Please check with the embassy for the visa application. A tourist visa usually valid for 30 days from the day of entry, and it might be extended through applications to the local public security bureau. Passport must have validity of at least 6 months.
Citizens of Hongkong or Macau needed to have valid “Home Permit” to travel to China.
The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB or CNY)or in Chinese "Ren-min-bi". The basic unit is the yuan (also known as "kuai"), which equals 10 jiao (or "mao"), which is then divided into 10 fen. Paper currency comes in 1.2,5,10,50 and 100 yuan notes. Paper jiao come in denominations of 1,2, and 5. There are also 1 and 2 fen notes, but these are rarely used as their purchasing power is exactly zero. As for coins, there are 1 youan ,1 and 5 jiao,and 1,2, and 5 fen(ahain, the fen are basically useless).
MasterCard, American Express, Union Pay Card are accepted in most of Cruises or in the cities of Chongqing, Yichang and Wuhan as well as in Shanghai.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
TELEPHONE & INTERNET
Mobile (cell) phone covered during the cruising along the river, only that sometime signal is weak.
Internet / Wifi access may be available depends on the cruise ship you take.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income. Drivers and Guides are expecting some reward as a gesture of satisfaction. We suggested US$5.00 per person per day for sit-in-coach group tour and US$15 -20 per person per day tipping for private mini van driver and the local guide(s) if their services are good.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Normally food and drinks are provided during the cruise trip. If you are staying at hotel we suggested to drink boiled water in the flask or bottled-water provided by your hotel. In most cities, bottled beverages are available either in your hotel or stores. Local beers are relatively inexpensive. There is a wide range of soft drinks or juice in bottle available at cruise. Coffee or Tea is served at all cruise or hotels; however most of hotels are served local brands except in International chain hotels.
YOUR CRUISE & TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS
Cruise itinerary and schedules are subject to change without prior notice due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. All land arrangements within China are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flight or train schedule, traffic condition, cable car operation etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register.