Yangtze River is a mother river for Chinese people. Thousands of historical events and stories took place on the Yangtze River. If you take a cruise on the Yangtze River, you will join in a couple of shore excursions to visit these historical sites, such as the Fengdu Ghost City and White Emperor City.
The three gorges, Qutang, Wu, and Xiling, are the most attractive factors on the Yangtze River. When cruising through these gorges, you will see the most spectacular views on the Yangtze River. Besides, you will have the chance to visit the magnificent three gorges dam, either by taking a bus the view terrace of the dam or staying on your cruise ship to admire the dam during a ship lift over the dam.
It depends on your whole travel plan in China. If you want to visit Chengdu, Xian or other west parts of China after the cruise, an up-stream cruise can save your time. If a Yangtze River cruise is your last activity in China, it is more convenient to take a down-stream cruise, because Yichang, the destination of a down-stream cruise, is near Shanghai, where there are lots of international flights. Besides, an up-stream cruise is less expensive than the down-stream one.