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Chang Jiang , the longest river in Asia, the most beautiful river in China, it is the favorite of poets through out the Chinese history. Fengshui (wind and water) would be incomplete without the largest flow of "Shui" (water). In Chinese, Chang means "long" and Jiang means "river'. Besides it name Chang Jiang, it is also called different names in different segments. Starting from Chongqing to Shanghai, it is also called Yangtze River.
The best season to cruise the Yangtze river is spring and autumn. I prefer spring. I still remember the clear emerald water reflects the young bushes on the rocks of the river bank in the early spring. It is my type of heaven. In spring, it is a lot easier to observe the awaking of the earth and analysis the good sectors and bad sectors of land according to FengShui.
There are many cruise ship operators, mostly catering towards middle to older aged Chinese people. If you speak Chinese or have a Chinese spoken friend travel with you, you could enjoy an average one week cruise trip from Chongqing to Shanghai for less than $300, with food and board included. An American style cruise with English speaking crew members would be more like $1200 on Yangtze river. The less expensive option is not as luxury but more like a dream compare to the cruise lines here. Well, one thing that is above the usual cruise line is the food. If you are a fine Chinese food lover, you will know you have come to the right place. If you are a big fan of Chinese buffet and take out, it is good for you to know what is real Chinese food.
Chongqing is a typical FengShui (Feng Shui) practitioner's stage. This city is on a mountain embraced by Chang Jiang and its major branch Jialing river. Its such unique geographical shape gives the FengShui practitioners the biggest room of selecting and designing of buildings. If you stay at any of the major hotel chains, you will happy to find that how lucky you are by staying at the hotel of the best FengShui in Chongqing. There are many historical attractions in the suburb of Chongqing, dated back to early eighth century. However, you need to be prepared for 5-6 hours in the car and about one hour long walking.
Along the Yangtze river, you will pass the temples from the 2nd century, the largest culture pearl production area, the town get China the name 'china' and the first capital city of Modern china. Depends on your individual cruise operator, you might visit small country markets along the river bank where you can have a hot and spicy noodle for 20 cents or buy hand made embroidered shoes for $3 to $5. Bamboo or wood made baskets from less than $1 to more than $10. If you are brave enough to eat local food where ever the ship stops, you will find the taste of food are changing from hot spicy to hot and sour, then to sweet and sour finally to sweetish.