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“Yangtze River Gold 1”
Review of Yangtze River

Yangtze River
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US$63,00*
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Yangtze River Cruise and Private Chongqing...
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Taixing
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Winding across 3,988 miles (6,418) of China the Yangtze River is the third longest rive in the world. It begins its journey at the Qinhai-Tibet Plateau and ends at the East China Sea. The Yangtze River has a rich ecosystem, fascinating history, and is the most important river in China. Life has always sprung up around the Yangtze River. The earliest signs of life dating back 27 thousand years. The climate on the river is often milder then its cousin the Yellow River making it more suitable for agriculture.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ship was pretty nice - lots of staff to help and most quite friendly. Few speak English so you have to be patient for help. Glad we bought the upgrade as the extra room was helpful. Downside - river was down so we were bused 3 hours down the river to meet boat. Quite a long haul with our carry-on bags down an incredible amount of steps. We had to pay to have our large suitcases brought down to the boat (glad I didn't have to schlep them myself, but don't think we should of paid to have them carried from the bus to the ship). Often the food was cold so that was a bummer. Couldn't book a mahjong room as they were booked for the entire trip (it was something the 4 of us were looking forward to). Best part of the cruise was waking up early and watching the sun rise through the Gorges. Outstanding

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This trip was something that will stay with me forever. Truly memorable. We booked through SNA tours and had about 40 other aussies in our group aboard the Yangtze Gold 6, everyone else on the boat was chinese. Our tour guide Shirley from SNA was amazing! Super organised and always happy to help and answer questions. She went above and beyond to look after us, even getting up at 3am on our last day to organise our bags onto the bus early before expected rain. A true star. We travelled upstream from yichang to chongqing but because the water level in the yangtze was too low we departed the boat at Fengdu and bused to chongqing. This meant walking up 200 steps. We had fellow travellers in their 80's who found it challenging, but had plenty of time to take it easy. The boat itself was quite nice - a bit different to doing a p&o cruise - pool was small (and closed) the bars were almost always empty except for the occasional aussie. But the rooms were clean and comfortable. I was quite surprised by the overall cleanliness of China in general. I expected to see lots of rubbish in the streets and especially on the Yangtze but was pleasantly surprised. I can highly recommend doing the tribe of the 3 georges excursion (highlight of our trip, a lot of steps and walking though) as well as the 3 georges dam project(mostly stay in a bus), and the lesser 3 and mini 3 georges trips(ferry boat and then a san pan boat). All of our local guides were fantastic- helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The scenery was beautiful. The only downside about the whole trip was a few aussies who thought that it was ok to visit another country and act like spoilt brats. Everyone was told upon boarding that they could not leave the ship unless they were doing a tour however we heard people arguing with the guides, wanting to get off the boat and get taxi's to visit other towns. One man even stole a pass and snuck out. Another complained non stop about the lack of english speaking people, and then continued to be quite rude about the standard of living in a town we stopped at that was visibly poor. I felt embarrassed being Australian. Some of these people claimed to be well traveled but their narrow minded views said otherwise. If you're not open minded to the fact that not everyone in china speaks english, lives in reasonable housing, or eats the same food as you, maybe best to just stay home. We did have some beautiful people on our trip who enjoyed participating in another culture respectfully, just a shame about the few who were raised without common manners and descency.
China was never high on my list of places to visit but im already researching for my next trip back. I would have no hesitation in recommending SNA tours or the Yangtze gold 6 to friends and family.

2  Thank travelbug4802
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment we stepped into the ship I was aware of a mouldy damp smell, in our cabin it was worse. The sheets felt damp and paper brochures quickly became damp, ceilings had a sheen of what appeared to be mould. The carpet was putrid and very badly stained in most cabins. I became ill with a chest infection on the 2nd day, not surprising given damp atmosphere and freezing air con. Housekeeping was very basic, shelves were caked with old dust, tea bags not replaced, used cups not replaced - sat on sideboard for 3 days till we cleared them. Room not vacuumed entire trip, nor do I recall seeing a vacuum cleaner. A huge envelope for "Tips" was left on our bed on the last day! Old blood stains on sheets and pillow case - yuk. Everything was extra even the swimming pool - what a joke. "Sun deck" was in a dangerous run down condition, all needs replacing. Nowhere to sit anyway. Disembarkation was at Fengdu not at Chongqing as expected, was a debacle - 200 steps, no funicular and mostly senior and some disabled passengers. It started to rain half way up and most people got drenched. Our bags were loaded onto the wrong bus and had to be taken off and were then left in the rain - all our clothing soaked through even the warm clothes we needed for return to Sydney. Poor elderly Chinese porters carrying 4 large suitcases suspended from bamboo poles was a distressing sight. Be careful of bar bills - we had a phone call to our room to settle our bar bill of 110Y in the lounge bar but we had never had extra drinks, they were insistent and when my husband was shown the chit for the bill it had someone else's signature on it with our room number - obviously no verification. The food was quite OK and towels were fluffy and large.

Thank RhondaSydney
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Viking river boat trip is not really anything to see until you reach the Three Gorges area, and even then it is not as spectacular as some places in the US for beauty. The entire time on the river, which was 6 days, we experienced an older boat and many industrial vessels that were also traveling each way, carrying coal, sand, other goods up and down the river. Every town is very urban, with many highrise buildings, which was not pretty in my opinion. My suggestion is save your money, see the Three Gorges as a day trip on a boat, and use it to see other more interesting places in China via the high speed train, which was amazing!

2  Thank annecmaxwell6
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best cruise i have taken. We stopped and toured numerous towns including the big hydro dam. First we toured Chongqing zoo and saw the pandas and spent two nights in Shanghai.

Thank William K
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