Yichang, known in ancient times as Yiling, is a lively, sprawling,
modern-day city on the banks of the Yangtze River in Hubei
Province. (See Yichang map)
Yichang lies at the eastern end of Xiling Gorge, one of the three gorges of the Three Gorges Dam area, and is the gateway to the Three Gorge Dam site, the Three
Gorges(the Three Gorges being the Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang
Gorge), and the many historical sites along the Yangtze River.
Yichang was thrust into the limelight with the commencement of the
construction of the Three Gorge Dam. The dam itself as well as the service and administration
facilities are about a 45-minute drive from Yichang. However, most
travelers know Yichang because of the popular Yangtze Cruise which starts (upstream) or finishes (downstream) in Yichang.
Although Yichang is often overlooked by travelers who travel
straight through to board the Yangtze boat, nestled among the trees
that line both sides of the river along this particular stretch of
the Yangtze, Yichang has a freshness and tidiness, and is able to
offer some picturesque natural sights in the region. If your
schedule permits, you might want to consider taking a half-day
excursion around Yichang to see, and appreciate, this important
energy city prior to your Yangtze River Cruise – Yichang is not
called "The Hydropower Capital of the World" for nothing.
Yichang belongs to the humid, monsoon climate of the subtropics. The best seasons to visit Yichang and take a Yangtze River cruise are spring and autumn. However,
despite the factor of weather, winter is the best time in terms of
price. The prices are the lowest for the winter cruises.
It is no myth that the Yangtze River Basin is the cradle of Chinese
civilization, as the many cultural-historical sites along the banks
of the Yangtze River attest. At China Highlights, we feel that a
cruise up/down the Yangtze, is something that any tourist to the
region would not want to miss, as it offers unique encounters with
China's rich cultural heritage as well as some spectacular vistas
that will remain forever etched in one's memory. Check out 2010 Cruise Calendar to explore the Yangtze River,
and to explore China's brilliant ancient culture.