The number one attraction here is the river itself, which is precisely why a cruise makes sense. Rather than a destination, Yangtze is a journey. And boy, what a journey.
Expect to awake, bleary eyed, to jaw-dropping surrounds of the Yangtze’s middle reaches – your morning coffee has never looked the same – before loosening your limbs and preparing for the day with a spot of Tai Chi on the deck. It’s everything that you dreamed of when wanting to explore spiritual China, surely?
But off of the boat there’s plenty to explore too. Perhaps the most mysterious of which is the enigmatically named Fengdu Ghost City. Here, on Ming Mountain, lies a complex of monasteries and temples dedicated to the afterlife – and all boasting fairly horrifying names. A culture shock it may be, but this is one of the best insights into Chinese tradition that you’ll find in the region.
And from a landmark that’s 2000 years old to one that’s less than 20, another favourite stop on this journey is the Three Gorges Dam. Smashing records left, right and centre, the dam is quite a modern force to be reckoned with – prepare your ears because the water likes to crash here.
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