Yangtze River Cruise Tour on Century Diamond in Winter

In early Jan this year, I had a chance to experience the Yangtze River Cruise downstream trip from Chongqing to Yichang on Century Diamond from 4th Jan to 7th. After the cruise trip, I understand why so many visitors come from all over the world to take the Yangtze Cruise trip. It is worth to see.

Day 1: Cruise Boarding

I took the high-speed train from Chengdu to Chongqing North Railway Station in the late afternoon. The train ride lasts about 1.5 hours. Then I took the Metro to Xiaoshizi station where is near Hongya Cave. I was so impressed by the night view here and almost missed the ship. I walked towards Chaotianmen Port in the last 40 minutes and thank God a local Porter helped me to carry my luggage and led me directly to Pier No. 9 to board the ship.

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Chongqing Nightscape

I was the last person to board the cruise and get my room cabin on 3rd Deck with a very efficient check-in procedure. Then I went to the Bar for the welcome Party. 

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My Room Cabin on the Cruise Ship

Day 2: Shore Excursion to Shibaozhao Pagoda

I didn’t go to the optional excursion to Fengdu Ghost City in the morning. Instead, I had a chance to watch other the room cabins on the cruise followed by the staff. Then I have a better idea about each cabin’s size, decoration, location and would give the clients better recommendations based on different requirements. I enjoyed a cup of tea in the balcony, the views along the river was pretty although it was in wintertime: warm sunshine shimmered on the quiet jasper-like river, the green mountain along the river reflected clearly in the water.

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Picturesque Scenery Along the River

After lunch break, all passengers on the ship got off the ship to join the shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda. The Shibaozhai Pagoda (石宝寨) is a 12-story, 18th-century temple built in Zhongxian County on the northern bank of Yangtze River, 278 kilometers away from Chongqing. It represents one of the gems of Chinese architecture, an architectural delight. It was quite impressive to see a wooden pagoda built against the cliff stone and witness the ebb and flow of the Yangtze River.

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Sunset at Shibaozhai Pagoda

Day 3: Shore excursion to Baidi Town and Shennv Stream

I got up early this morning and took the optional excursion to Daidi Town. It was foggy in the Yangtze River (very common in winter), but the view was still outstanding. Many visitors fly drones to catch the beauty of Kuimen.

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Group Photo with Friends at Kuimen Site

In the afternoon it was Shennv Stream visiting as in the cruise package. Our guide is a girl with high school knowledge but learned English on herself due to the limited education facility in the remote mountain area in the Yangtze River. Her sincere and simple expression about the history of boat tracker touched many people on our small boat. The View in Shennv Stream was also good despite the heavy mood brought by the boat tracker and the poverty condition in the remote mountain area in China. 

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Shennv Stream

In the evening I packed my large luggage to the front desk to consign the luggage to Yichang directly. 

Day 4: Shore Excursions to Ship Lift and Three Gorges Dam Site

I got up very early this morning to take a smaller boat to experience the ship lift. On the smaller ship across the Century Diamond, I finally got an overall view of the ship I was on. 

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Century Diamond Cruise Ship

The smaller boat was also quite comfortable, the lunge and lobby was good.

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Getting on A Smaller Cruise Ship

I thought the ship lift the Three Gorges Dam Project is the highlight of the Yangtze River cruise tour. It’s such a complicated and powerful project over the great Yangtze River that had involved so much human and material resources, and organizing the Three Gorges Aboriginal Immigrants… I felt so proud as a Chinese when I look over the project from Tanziling. Right now the electric power generated in Three Gorges Dam has transferred to many eastern cities to support the industry and economy development. I couldn’t imagine how it is like now if there wasn’t the Dam Project over the past years. Would China develop so fast?

After the Dam visit, the shuttle bus took me to Yichang Three Gorges Terminal. Then I took a taxi to Yichang East Train Station for train back to Chengdu. Thanks to the offseason, I was able to catch the 14:06 train and arrive in Chengdu earlier at night. 

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Three Gorge Dam Miniature and Project from Tanziling

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