Visit the Yangtze
The mighty Yangtze River, or Chang Jiang, dominates China's central region, flowing for more than 6,300km from the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau to the East China Sea, near Shanghai.
Along the way it passes through the breadbasket states of Anhui, Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi and the Three Gorges, symbolically dividing the Mandarin-speaking north from the Cantonese south.
Many of the cities along the Yangtze Basin remain studded with European buildings as a result of them being declared treaty ports in the 1860s, following the Second Opium War.
The best way to discover the region is with a Yangtze River cruise aboard the MS Yangzi Explorer.
Top itineraries in Yangtze
From the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army to Shanghai’s skyscraping wonders and the Yangtze River’s rural splendour, this is your chance to see all of China’s highlights. You’ll travel in style, with a luxury river cruise, flight hops and private touring, transfers and gourmet dining included.
We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.
Cruise manager Scott Anderson maps out his favourite spots and top highlights from cruising the Yangtze River onboard the Viking Emerald.
Far East specialist Alison gives her first-hand tips for planning a cruise holiday along China's Yangtze River, from what time of year is best to which stops you won't want to miss.
Meet our Yangtze experts
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