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The Yangze River starts in the mountains of Tibet and empties into the ocean at Shanghai, a distance of 6,380 kms, making it the third longest river in the world. Its Chinese name is simply Chang Jiangor (Long River). The most impressive section of the river is the three Yangze River Gorges: Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge, collectively known as Sanxia, or The Three Gorges.
It is one of China's most important transport routes, carrying a huge amount of cargo and passengers, yet also one of China's most formidable barriers. The north and south of the country were for centuries effectively cut off from one another by this huge river, treacherous for its floods and the vast amount of water it drains from the heart of the Asian continent. It is also seen by the Chinese to be a division in cultural matters; those who live north of it are wheat and dry grain eaters and those who live to its south are rice eaters.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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Prices from £4,815pp saving up to £495pp for 13 nights
Save up to £495 per person on our Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangzi on the 7th April and 21st April 2016 departures. Price includes all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified and excludes international flights. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Saving up to £880pp for 13 nights
Save up to £880 per person on our Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangzi on the 19th May, 9th June, 4th August and 22nd September 2016 departures. Price includes all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified and excludes interntaionl flights. Subject to availability. Must be booked by the 30th April 2016. Terms and conditions apply.apply.
Book our 4 night Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer river cruise from Yichang to Chongqing before 28th February 2016 and receive 20% discount on rates plus complimentary cabin upgrade. Prices from £725pp based on two people sharing a Xiling Suite, excludes international flights. Valid for travel 1st March - 30th April 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area