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What’s the difference between upstream and downstream sailings?

Currently there are only 1 ship sailing between Chongqing/Wuhan and Chongqing/Shanghai respectively, all the other ships sail between Chongqing and Yichang. For the Chongqing/Yichang cruises, upstream itinerary takes 5 days/4 nights, while downstream one takes 4 days/3 nights.  

The upstream cruises sail slower at the average speed of 15-25km/h, therefore, passengers will have more time to enjoy the scenery along the river onboard, the downside is that they keep sailing both day and night, while the downstream cruises sail faster at the speed around 28-30 km/h and usually stop at night, which will give passengers a quieter sleeping time.  

The shore excursion sites are slightly different for the downstream and upstream routes. The prices are similar. Only the cruise going between Chongqing and Shanghai (by Victoria Cruses) has different rates for the downstream and upstream itineraries, the upstream is more expensive.

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