Stretching more than six thousand kilometers, Yangtze River tops the third largest river in the world after the Nile and the Amazon, and the longest river in China. The Chinese call it the 'mother river', which flows through 13 provinces and with eight tributaries like Huangpu River, Min River, Xiang River, Wu River, etc.. Yangtze River is open to shipping all the year around. It has been a crucial transportation route with main cities along its banks for thousands of years.
The Yangtze is the cradle of Chinese civilization and it feeds the people with rice 70% of the sum. Lots of important sites were unearthed in the Yangtze Valley, amongst them the Wu Moutain Daxi Culture is the most famous one with ancient articles, such as barb and fishing net.
A Yangzte River Cruise is favored by more and more visitors, who are keen to discover the wonderful natural landscape in the region. Normally there are two classic cruise routes: upstream sailings and downstream sailings. The former starts from Chongqing and ends in Yichang, taking 4 day and 3 nights while the latter is the opposite in terms of the route, taking 5 days and 4 nights and costs more. Visitors may enjoy the splendid mountains and landscape along the river, peek have a glimpse of the world-famed Three Gorges Dam, do excursions on the bank, take a boat trip in Shennong Stream and take the best photos of their Yangtze tour, etc..
Chairman Mao once spoke highly of the scenery of Yangtze River and composed a poem for its beauty:
The Yangtze River
I have just drunk the waters of Changsha,
And come to eat the fish of Wuchang.
Now I am swimming across the great Yangtze, Looking afar to the open sky of Chu.
Let the wind blow and waves beat,
Better far than idly strolling in a courtyard.
Today I am at ease.
"It was by a stream that the Master said
'Thus do things flow away!' "
Sails move with the wind.
Tortoise and Snake are still.
Great plans are afoot:
A bridge will fly to span the north and south,
Turning a deep chasm into a thoroughfare;
Walls of stone will stand upstream to the west
To hold back Wushan's clouds and rain
Till a smooth lake rises in the narrow gorges.
The mountain goddess if she is still there
Will marvel at a world so changed.
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