Yangtze River is the third largest river after the Nile and Amazon rivers in the world. Yangtze is also called Chang Jiang (长江 Cháng Jiāng), which means long river in Chinese. This why you should book cruise tours in China and enjoy the tranquility of the river with beautiful mountains on the sides. A cruise trip on the famous Century Diamond might just be the right choice to make. History tells us that the official Wen Tianxiang of Song Dynasty (13 th century) wrote a poem and entitled Yang Zi, so missionaries named the whole river Yangtze. It accounts for one- fifth land area and traverses through 11 provinces in China, Yangtze River is 6,418 km. (3,988 mi.) long: from Qinghai - Tibet Plateau emptying into East China sea.
In general, people consider the Yangtze River as dividing line between North China and South China. It has numerous tributaries including: Han river, Jialing River and Gan river and it also produces big discharge volume for watering the Southern area crops. Hence it is given the name Mother River. The Three Gorges Dam on the river is the largest dam project in the world. Yangtze River has served as main transportation route for 2,000 years and now as a cruise tour in China.
Yangtze cruise from White Emperor city (白帝城) in Chongqing to Yichang (宜昌) is 600 km. (373 mi.). Here are three beautiful gorges you will pass by during the trip, which you will be eager to see:
- Qutang gorge, 8 km. (5 mi.) long which is the shortest but most precipitous and narrowest gorge as well as the most beautiful one. They have an amazing view when you see it with your own eyes. The mountain on either side reaches to 1,200 m. (4,000 ft.) or even higher.
- Wu gorge, also know as the Great Gorge because it is 46 km. (29 mi.) long and as the second gorge in Yangtze river you may see a mystery mist as you pass through. Just like it is described in the poem written by the famous Chinese poet Li Bai ( 李白).
- Xiling gorge, as the longest and the last of three gorges, is 76 km. (47 mi.) long includes many small gorges and water here flows more rapidly. Visitors love here because this gorges is named after by its shape: Fan gorge looks like a big fan to view.
Meanwhile, Century Diamond holds on board activities such as dumpling (traditional Chinese food) making competition, teach Majing (popular table game in China) and Taiji Boxing (good for body health) as well as enjoy the captain's welcome party thrown for you. During the 4 or 5 days trip you will basically see every scenery along the Yangtze river.