Cruising China's Yangtze River

Cruising China’s Yangtze River

Cruising the Yangtze River

Cruising the Yangtze River

Yangtze River Boat
Yangtze River Boat

Cruising the Yangtze River is quite an education.  China was always on our “bucket list,” so in summer 2015 we booked a tour with Viking Cruises.   (As an aside, I cannot share enough good comments about Viking Cruises.  We have cruised a LOT, but this was our first time on an “all inclusive” tour/cruise. We loved it and highly recommend Viking!) Our China tour was two weeks, and everyday opened another world window.

David & Kathy on the Yangtze
On the Yangtze

After two bleary days in Shanghai and attempts to overcome brutal jet lag, we flew from Shanghai to Wuhan to board the Viking boat for five days and six nights on the Yangtze.  Navigating several hundred miles through the heart of China was informative and enlightening; because of this, we felt it was well-worth the exhausting humidity and heat that we endured the instant we stepped outside.

Cruising down the River!

Yangtze River Vista
Yangtze River Vista.

We peacefully cruised past small villages and brand new high rise cities and gorgeous bridges.  Once we cruised into the heart of China, ironically, there were few vehicles of any kind on the bridges and highways  The water was always muddy and murky and the humidity was often over 100%.  The ship provided interesting side trips into villages, optional Chinese cuisine, and cultural lectures, dancers, and singers for our entertainment.  One of the biggest highlights was the Three Gorges Dam.

Three Gorges Dam

3 Gorges Generator
3 Gorges Generator

Possibly the most outstanding site included in the cruise was the Three Gorges Dam.  It is the world’s largest  hydroelectric project and most noted dam.  What a massive site to experience in person.  In order to construct the dam, 13 cities, 140 towns, and 1,350 villages were flooded.  This flooding displaced 1.2 million people; thus, the river is lined with brand new high-rise cities.

After six nights and five days on the  Yangtze, we arrived at the City of Chongquing–smack dab in China’s heartland.  Reluctantly we said good by to Viking’s lovely river boat and flew to the city of Xian.  But, our tour of China was certainly not over.  In Xian we visited the unbelievable Terra Cotta Warriors.  From there we flew to Beijing where we saw the pandas, visited the Great Wall of China, and the Forbidden City.  Eventually, I will post a separate blog for each of these four sites, so watch for those future blog.

I experienced the Yangtze River on a Viking River cruise.  And, I also experienced Dubrovnik and Montenegro on a Viking Ocean cruise.  As a very frequent cruiser–over 175 cruises–I LOVE Princes, but Viking is extremely awesome and surprising.  If you like Ocean Cruises, you might want to try Viking!

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Kathy Slamp

Kathy Slamp has traveled extensively since her youth. Her childhood was spent in Alaska. She parlayed that experience into serving as an Alaskan cruise ship naturalist for 13 seasons.. In addition to Alaska, she travels extensively in Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and S. Pacific. You will love her travel insights.

One thought on “Cruising China’s Yangtze River”

  1. Hi Kathy, I enjoyed reading your article and watching the video – very informative indeed. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if there is a country you haven’y visited yet… I am looking forward to your next blog post. TT

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