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Yangtze River Cruises

 China Grand - NEW - 2014   from $2999 
16 day(s) - Beijing to Hong Kong
This is a truly Grand China experience! All of the major cities including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong plus the unique Li River of   More..
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 3 Gorges Deluxe NEW - 2014   from $1999 
12 day(s) - Beijing to Shanghai
Our most popular China program includes all the highlights of China: Beijing, a deluxe Yangtze River cruise aboard the MS President 8, Xian,  More..
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Take a Yangtze River Cruise

The Yangtze River is well known throughout the world and holds some impressive records. Not only is the Yangtze the largest river in China but it is also the longest river in all of Asia. But to understand magnitude of the Yangtze you have to see it for yourself. The Yangtze ranks as the third longest river in the world. Taking a river cruise is one way to get up close and personal with the geological marvels, inspiring mixture of culture, and ancient civilizations that line the banks of the Yangtze. There is an old Chinese proverb that says “If you have not traveled up the mighty Yangtze River, then you have not been everywhere.” Value Cruise offers a number of different Yangtze River Cruises that will expose you to villages and towns, temples and monuments, modern cities and tourist destinations that lay on the shores of this great river. With a river cruise from Value Tours, you will have the opportunity to travel the rural roads of Yichang, see Panda Zoos in Chongqing, and marvel in wonder at the spectacular new piece of engineering called the Three Gorges Dam. This ranks as among one of the most interesting destinations in all of China. The Yangtze River cruise can introduce you to the industrial cities of southern China including the bustling Metropolis that is Shanghai.

Three Gorges Dam

Over the past decade or so as the completion of the Three Gorges Dam neared, there was a push to document all the Archeological finds that were occurring all along the banks of the Yangtze. With the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, the water level rose and created a 370 mile long reservoir. So many villages and historical structures had to be moved to higher elevations. The Yangtze River now outranks the Yellow River in the number of ancient civilizations that lay along the banks. The Yangtze River valley is home to some of the oldest known cultures in the world. And the best way to view this history up close is on one of our Three Gorges Cruises.

Yangtze River Geography

The length of the Yangtze River is a huge distance as the river spans almost 4,000 miles from the Glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in the Dangla Mountains in the west all the way to Shanghai on the east coast of China. The climate varies through normal seasons with the peak summer temperatures hitting the 90 degree level and the winter temps dipping down depending on your altitude. The amount of rain in this area is above average due to the rivers high altitude. The Yangtze has many tributaries and off shoots if the river.

History of the Yangtze

The Yangtze has been a source of modern transportation and trade for over 200 years. But the civilizations along the Yangtze date back over 3,000 years. Human inhabitance can be dated to 27,000 years ago per Wikipedia! Many great Chinese Dynasties have called the Yangtze River Valley home. The Yangtze River is a main trade route for the whole of China. Ocean-going vessels can navigate the river for more than 600 miles. And these are the largest of the large shipping vessels; many smaller ships can transverse longer distances. The Yangtze is of great agricultural significance. It also is a means of wonder economic prosperity. But the greatest thing the Yangtze has going for it when you are considering a vacation, is the magnificent and awe inspiring beauty of this magical river. You will be exposed to a huge variety of animal species that inhabit the areas along the river. And with a Yangtze River cruise you will have to chance to stop at many wonderful locations along the way. There is no better way to experience the Yangtze.

The Yangtze River provides water and nutrients for plants. Rice and wheat are grown in great quantities along the shores. The completion of the Three Gorges Dam marks an almost endless supply of hydroelectric resources. The dam also created a huge reservoir that will help supply power to 10% of China, but that measure has fallen due to the rapid growth and development of China and thus the electricity usage has skyrocketed. Dam will provide ninth of the total Chinese production of current.

The MS Century Diamond Yangtze River Cruise Ship

The MS Century Diamond is the most prestigious vessel on the Yangtze River. It boasts a 5-star cruise ship rating and affords the passenger many luxury amenities. Go ahead and book a large cabin with a private balcony to enjoy spectacular views of the river. Enjoy yourself at the VIP restaurant. There are a couple of bars, a grand hall for events, and many other features. The lobby is beautiful decorated with modern appeal and style. The reception and service area if full of employees who are there to make your cruise as comfortable as possible. The MS Century Diamond consists of two luxury suites, 14 executive cabins, 4 staterooms, and 112 standard cabins. Total passenger capacity is 264. There is a crew of over 150. You will not find higher safety and living standards on any other river cruise ship.

The meals consist of Chinese favorites along with western dishes. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and with dinner being banquet style. Besides the great dining experience, there are exercise rooms and sauna. You can even get a message. Anything you could image is present on the MS Century Diamond to make your vacation that much more enjoyable. The Century Diamond has only been in operation 4 years so you can expect a modern cruise.

Experience the Wonders the Yangtze River has to Offer

The MS Diamond Cruise ship will help to navigate you on an adventure through the famous Three Gorges Dam where you can feel the power, majesty, and history of largest river in all of China. The beautiful scenery can go from sheer cliffs and gorges to magnificent sprawling urban landscapes or quant villages that time has forgot. A new world of adventure and mystery is around every corner. And with many land excursions along the way, a Yangtze Cruise offers so much.