7 days Chongqing Yangtze cruise plus Zhangjiajie National Forest Park tour
This one week trip balances a Chongqing to Yichang cruise on the splendid Yangtze River and a marvelous Zhangjiajie National Park tour. Discover the mystical ghost culture in Fengdu and sail throuth the Three Gorges to see the breathtaking scene during your cruise. Next have an amazing adventure in Zhangjiajie National Park, which is famous for the grotesque peaks and rocks. We also specialize in tailor making each tour to meet your needs.
Your memorable Yangtze River tour starts as you arrive in Chongqing, a flourishing mountain city which is located in the upstream Yangtze basin of Western China. Upon arrival, have some free time to explore the city on your own. Afterward, the local guide will assist you to the pier to board on the ship in the late afternoon.
Cruise is the best way to explore the breathtaking natural landscapes and cultural heritage along the Yangtze River. As the first day of your Yangtze River cruise, stop at Fengdu for an onshore visit. Known as the ghost city, Fengdu is an ancient town where you can experience the world of the afterlife in Chinese ghost folktales. Wreathed with numerous statues and interspersed by temples, the whole scenic area is a treasure house of art that combines the culture of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.
As you return from the ghost city, continue the cruise on Yangtze River. Dinner and Supper are offered on board.
Enjoy the endless scenery of the Three Gorges today! Span from Baidi City of Chongqing in the west to Nanjing Pass of Yichang in the east, the Three Gorges are divided into three parts: Qutang Gorge, which is the shortest but the most majestic among the three gorges; the middle Wu Gorge, which is well-known for its graceful views of the lofty mountains; and the last Xiling Gorge, which is the longest among the three.
As the ship enters into Wushan at the border between the Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge, have a short cruise on the Little Three Gorges or take a pea-boat floating along the verdant Shennong Stream (based on your requirement).
Stop at the Three Gorges Dam after a whole night's sailing. Then spend some time to visit the grandest hydroelectric project in the world. The dam is designed to provide a huge source of hydropower for China and control the flood. Upon landing, the Yichang local guide will greeted and assisted you to the train station. In the afternoon, take a soft train to your next destination, Zhangjiajie.
Spend the whole day to visit Zhangjiajie national park, it features the unique Karst mountains and picturesque forests. Morning head to the Yuanjiajie, which is situated in the north of Zhangjiajie National Park. This scenic area is world famous as the mountains here inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie Avatar. The peaks in Yuanjiajie are nearly at the same height, which makes it a mountain platform great for enjoying sweeping vistas.
Next up with a visit to Tianzi Mountain, where you can have a stunning view of the peaks rising one after another. Atop the mountain, it offers a full extent of the whole scenic area, which is magnificent and spectacular. There are four wonders in Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.
Continue your journey to Zhangjiajie National Park today. Huangshizhai is the first sightseeing today. This scenic area is regarded as the essence of Zhangjiajie as it possesses quite concentrated attractions and well worth visiting. Afterward, head to the east side of Zhangjiajie to get to the Golden Whip Creek, an extraordinary breathtaking and tranquil place where you can see the meandering streams, the crystal-clear waterfalls, exotic plants, and rare animals. The creek is also called "the most beautiful valley in the world" and "the most poetic stream" by travelers.
In the afternoon, end today's trip with a visit to the Four Creeks Gate, then return to your hotel and prepare for the next day.
Morning drive to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, where you will challenge the world’s highest, longest glass bridge. When walking on the bridge you can see all the way down to the bottom of the canyon through the glass bridge. Then head to Tianmen Mountain National Park, which is known as Heaven Gate Mountain by the longest cable car in the world (7500 metres) and marvel at the stunning 99 hairpin road against the high cliffs. You'll reach the base platform and a long flight of stairs leading up towards the Tianmen Cave – a natural water-eroded cave with the highest elevation in the world! This is known as the 'Heaven Reaching Ladder'. Arrived at the top of Mountain, you can walk further to skywalk. In the late afternoon or evening, drive to the airport for the departure. Wish you have a pleasant journey home.