The Yangtze River (长江) serves as one of the largest modes of transportation of goods and materials throughout the country, but it has long been a classic tourism destination in China.
Many cruises are available to seekers of a river adventure.
One of the classic routes starts in Chongqing and ends in Yichang, and takes travelers past many iconic riverside sites, including the Three Gorges and the dam.
The cruise also takes tourists in traditional fishing rafts on a small excursion along the Shennong Stream.
The boat also stops for other short tours of noteworthy sites, such as the Fengdu Ghost City and the Stone Treasure Fortress in Shibaozhai.
The city of Yichang is located just after the Three Gorges Dam and has an airport with flights to Shanghai.
The cruises tend to have meals included, but do expect to pay a slight premium for drinks.
The nightly shows on the boat tend to be endearing at best but get better with booze.
This article was first published in CHENGDOO citylife Magazine, issue 55 ("big love"). Photos and text by #Dan Sandoval#http://www.dansandoval.com/