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" Qutang Gorge on Changjiang "
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Once wild and untamed, the 400 mile stretch of Yangtze River between Chongqing and Yichang now provides some of the best cruising opportunities in China. Passing by fertile paddy fields, remote temples, misty mountains and dramatic gorges, it is an experience that is both relaxing and informative, offering insights into daily life along the mighty river and with a full and varied itinerary.
Highlights include the 400 year old Shibao Zhai monastery, which sits on what was once a hillside, but is now an island and the sacred Ghost City of Fengdu, a mountaintop complex dedicated to the afterworld and full of weird and wonderful tombs and statues. Despite its rather gloomy sounding name, it is actually a rather uplifting and insightful experience. The star attraction here though is the dramatic landscape as you reach the steep verdant walls of the famous Three Gorges, offering magnificent views and the chance to spot wild monkeys and giant sturgeon fish. Just before reaching Yichang is the Three Gorges Dam, one of the world's most impressive feats of engineering, the ship passes through a series of locks, lowering itself around 600 metres.
Throughout the cruise you will be treated to freshly prepared breakfasts, lunches and dinners, nightly cultural shows and the opportunity to partake in a number of local activities, including Chinese calligraphy, folk dancing, cooking lessons and even morning Taichi sessions on the sundeck. Guests sleep in comfortable cabins or suites, all with private showers and throughout the ship there are large panoramic windows to watch the beautiful scenery going by.
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