Touring the Yangtze River and Three Gorges Dam
The Yangtze River is the longest river in all of China, spanning nearly 4,000 miles. It also happens to be the third largest river in the world, after the Nile and Amazon. This river starts in the Qinghai Province of western China and ends at Shanghai’s East Sea. There are 11 cities and provinces that the river winds through, with a few including Sichuan, Tibet, Jiangsu and of course Shanghai. The river is China’s largest water system and has a number of tributaries with one of the most famous being Three Gorges Dam.
Three Gorges Dam is the biggest hydroelectric power location in the entire world. It is also the world’s largest dam. Three Gorges Dam is situated in the center of Xiling Gorge in Yichang City. Construction of this massive dam began in 1992 and ended in 2009. Today, it is a popular spot for tourists to visit and a must-visit if you can get there. There are numerous viewing points at the dam where you can get a spectacular look at the scenery. And, there are a variety of bus jaunts that can take you to this location. Admission to visit the Three Gorges Dam is CNY 105 which also includes the minibus available every 20 minutes.
There are some great cruises on the Yangtze River which also give you the opportunity to visit Three Gorges Dam, giving you the best of both worlds. One is the four day Yangtze Three Gorges Exploration Cruise. With this cruise, you get private transportation from Chongqing Airport. Also included is a short tour to the Chongqing Zoo Panda House and the home of General Stillwell, time permitting. This cruise not only provides luxury on the water, but a variety of fascinating stops such as one in Fengdu more commonly known as Ghost City.
A longer tour is the 12 day Glorious Yangtze Cruise, which is highly recommended if you have the time and money. Each day you get to visit a fascinating new location on your cruise. Examples include the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Ming Tomb, Terracotta Warriors Museum, Summer Palace and of course Three Gorges Dam, and this is just a handful of locations on this luxurious cruise. You will depart from Shanghai with memories never to be forgotten and hopefully lots and lots of photographs. This cruise is extremely comprehensive and you won’t believe how much you get to see and experience.
The Yangtze River divides Northern and Southern China, and encompasses a wide range of different customs, climates, and economic conditions. You will see a variety of scenery types on any cruise you take down this massive river. Even if you take a short trip for a day or two on this river it is still an amazing experience. China has many amazing landmarks, with the Yangtze River and Three Gorges Dam being two of the most popular to visit and most highly recommended to tourists.