What it is:
Though China has its fair share of beautiful destinations, one of the most incredible places to witness natural China is on the Yangtze River. This mighty river is one of the two most significant in China (alongside the Yellow River in the north), and is famous not just for its natural beauty, but also for its important role in the history and culture of China. The Yangtze River also flows through the Three Gorges and the Three Gorges Dam, which in itself had a profound affect on the region’s ecology and people.
As the longest river in Asia, a cruise down the Yangtze River is a perfect way to see China’s countryside at a leisurely pace. Plus, since it’s a great alternative to land or air travel, it’s also a fantastic way to travel through the country while still enjoying the sights.
The Three Gorges Dam is also a mind-blowing sight, as the world’s largest power station and a true force to be reckoned with. The dam has a considerable affect on the ecology of China and has been a controversial topic worldwide.
How to get there:
The Three Gorges is located in Yichang where there is one international airport, Sanxia Airport. Flights to here are available from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Hong Kong and Japan.
The airport is just over 15 miles from the city centre which can be reached by shuttle bus. From here, there are a number of local buses that go to the Three Gorges.
There are three bus stations in the city, Dagongqiao Bus Station, Haitong Bus Station and Yichang Bus Station. The latter is the most popular with routes from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an, as well as nearby cities.
Yichang can be reached daily by train from multiple destinations, including Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai and Xian. Most trains stop at East Railway Station, just 10 miles from the city centre and a short public bus ride away from your hotel.
With Xiling Gorge in an ideal location and the Yangtze River running through the middle of the city, a cruise ship is a common way to Yichang. The most popular route is from Chongqing, a 12-hour journey, but there are also cruises from Badong, Fengjie, Shanghai and Wanzhou.