Chongqing is an embarkation / disembarkation port for Yangtze River cruises between Wuhan and Chongqing. These China river cruise deals are usually inclusive of internal flights between Beijing-Xian-Chongqing and between Shanghai-Wuhan. Lhasa Tibet is visited on 13-15-day Yangtze River cruisetours with flights from Xian to Lhasa, then return flights from Lhasa to Chongqing.
Chongqing is one of the Southwest China's major cities. Administratively, it's one of the 4 direct-controlled municipalities (together with Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin). The Chongqing municipality was created in 1997 succeeding the sub-provincial administration (part of the Sichuan Province). The municipality has a population of over 30 million, with urban population of around 19 million. The city's population is around 9 million. The total urban area of Chongqing is 5,472.8 km2 (2,113.1 ml2).
The official abbreviation of Chongqing city, Yu, was approved on April 18, 1997 by the State Council. The abbreviation is derived from an old name of part of Jialing River which runs through Chongqing and feeds into Yangtze River. Chongqing city was also a municipality of the ROC (Republic of China) administration. During the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) it served as its wartime capital.
Chongqing features a significant history and culture and is also the economic centre of upstream Yangtze basin. It is an important manufacturing centre and transportation hub. In 2012, Chongqing was described as one of China's "13 emerging megacities" by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Chongqing cruise terminal
According to the Yangtze River cruise itinerary route, passengers board the ships docked at either Yichang-Chongqing or Shanghai-Chongqing terminals.
Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Terminal
Chaotianmen Cruise Terminal is located at the junction of Jialing River with Yangtze River. All Yangtze-based cruise ships are anchored at this terminal, regardless departing or arriving from/in Chongqing. Sometimes, in dry season, due to low river levels some boats can't dock at the Chaotianmen terminal. Then they are berthed either at the Fuling Wharf or at the Fengdu Wharf - both located outside Chongqing. In such cases, cruise companies provide shuttle buses to transfer their passengers between the wharf and Chongqing.
Yichang Cruise Terminal
The Yichang cruise ship terminal has 2 main wharves used for docking of Yangtze cruise boats. These are the Taohuacun Wharf and the New Century Wharf. During flood season (or in cases when the waterway is controlled), the ships are docked at the Maoping Wharf.
The Taohuacun Wharf is located at approx 36 km from the Yichang Airport and approx 19 km from the Yichang East Railway Station. All boats berthed here are managed by the Changjiang Cruise Overseas Travel Company.
The New Century Wharf is approx 38 km away from the Yichang Airport, and approx 23 km from the Yichang East Railway Station. Here are berthed all other Yangtze River based cruise boats (excepting those managed by the Changjiang Cruise Overseas Travel Company).
Shanghai Wusong Wharf
Shanghai Wusong Wharf is located in Shanghai City's Baoshan District (at Chenghua Road, number 271, Wusong Passenger Centre). This cruise ship terminal is used only by Yangtze ships operating on the Shanghai-Chongqing itinerary route.
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