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Clothes Preparation

Yangtze River is under the influence of subtropical monsoon climate, roughly on the north latitude 30°. It has four distinctive seasons, and the real cold time in Yangtze River region is quite short, generally in January, but the average temperature is above 41°F.As the global warming effect becomes more and more vivid, Yangtze River in winter nearly is not of the freezing time. The outdoor activity is not affected at all. The temperature of Yangtze River especially at its section of valleys and gorges is higher than that in plains, and higher 1.8-3.6°F averagely. Travelers visiting Yangtze River in winter and spring generally should carry sweater, jacket or rain-proof coat, and the average temperature in this term is 50°F to 68°F. Outdoor activity in summer, travelers just need wear T-shirt or sunbonnet and sunglasses, additionally, in summer, it is better to wipe some sunscreen cream in summer which is beneficial for skin protection. Visiting Yangtze River in winter, travelers need wear the thick sweater, warmth-keeping jacket and coat with cap, which is better to have the function of rainproof. A lot of tourist attractions are spread on both sides of Yangtze River, so it is better for travelers to buy several pairs of sports shoes which will facilitate the tour. By the way, travelers almost walk towards the tourist attractions every day, so it is much too scientific to prepare more comfortable shoes. The travelers who do not pay more attention to the costume can buy the attainable clothes they want. And the cruises of course also provide the cheap raincoats, sunbonnets and pure-cotton T-shirt with the sign of cruises. On cruises, the atmospheres are different, all are for relaxation, so it is better to wear the clothes you like but you can wear the elegant clothes at night to attend at the formal party held by captain, generally the lady wears dress and gentleman wears western suit. There are surely many night parties such as Night of Three Gorges in Yangtze River, Romantic Night and other parties with different themes.

The weather condition

Are you afraid of encountering the bad weather when you are traveling in Yangtze River Three Gorges by cruises?

Our cruises are special made according to the different season of Yangtze River to meet the need of traveler to see the distinctive landscape of Yangtze River. Our cruises are made of the latest high technology and design, and they can be smoothly operated under any climatic situation and satisfy the customers. Up to now, the customers who enjoyed our service are pleased with the facilities and user-friendliness of cruises, if travelers need the anti-seasickness medicine, they can get in medicine room free of charge.

The body energy requirement of Cruises on Yangtze River

Generally there are no real handicapped guest rooms on the cruise ships of Yangtze River, so it is inconvenient for people with disabilities to visit Yangtze River by cruise. Even though special guest rooms are provided on the cruise ships, there are no elevators currently, and the public passage is not scientifically designed for the disabled. Their activities will be limited on the ships, and often, they will be arranged in guest rooms which are at the same floor with the dining rooms for easy access. Some tourist attractions on both sides of Yangtze River are located in poor areas, where the ports do not offer elevator or cable-car service, so travelers have to walk to visit the scenic spots, in particular during the low-water season, sometimes, travelers need to walk 20 to 100 steps from the ship to the river bank, which to the people who want to build body and lose weight is surely a pleasant thing but is a hassle to people who are bad in mobility. Additionally, travelers need to transfer into a small-size wooden boat to drift on some branches of Yangtze River, so they have to get on the boat via some temporary springboards, but the boards are narrow, and sometimes it is a challenge for some old travelers and those with bad mobility. However, someone will help you if something urgent happens.

Health and Prevention

Before tour departure, travelers had better prepare well some regular medicine of anti-coldness and digestive system. Don’t buy the food, fruits and mineral water on the small booths in tourist attractions. Travelers had better carry the mineral water and tissue papers and some RMB, and the amount of RMB had better be in 100 to 500 and some changes, because it is for the unprepared needs such as cable car fees, cold food charge and ticket charge of some special visit and some tip payment. The precious articles should not be carried when you are visiting the tourist attractions. And the precious articles had better be remained in safe supplied by cruises, and such a service is free of charge. Please do not fill up the confirmation form and ask for the signature of captain. And then it is better for traveling outside.

China currently eliminates the infectious diseases like cholera, malaria and others and so on. But the disease of digestive system like hepatitis is still the hidden danger among people, so it is very important for visitors to take care of the drinking and food. And the travelers could not drink the unclean water vessels but the hot water and mineral water offered by cruises. Please go to see a doctor if travelers feel not fine. There are the small clinics and doctor on board. The related staff will serve you at any time and the service charge is also very low, and some cruises just charge the medicine fee, while the physical examination is free.

Drinking Health on Cruises

The water of Yangtze River is unclear and full of sand, so the water purification facilities are very important to the health of guests and staffs on cruises. It is closely connected with the quality of healthy drinking water and washing water on cruises. Currently, the star-rate cruises on Yangtze River nearly all get the healthy water when they stop on ports on the way of their itineraries, and these cruises have the high-quality facilities to clear away the pollutions of waters and offer the high-level drinking water that is up to or exceeds the national standard of drinking water. Generally, the water of cruises can not be directly drunk, and the hot drinking water of cruises should be strictly filtrated and absolutely boiled and then can be safely drunk. Some cruises serve the free mineral water to guests.

Medical Service

There are generally the professional physical therapy rooms on cruises. If needed, they can offer the medical service all day long. In medical room, travelers can purchase the basic medicines. But the travelers should pay the examination fee and prescription fee. Besides, the related tourism medical insurance is also recommended. If some patients are in danger, they will be sent to the nearest city for further treatment.

How to go aboard

All guests including individual travelers and team travelers should do some check-in procedures on the reception of cruises. Travelers should show their legitimate certificates like passport, ID card (Military Officer Card, Police Officer Card), Taiwanese Certificate of Returning Hometown and others. Travelers should fill up the blanks according to the truth. Team travelers should show the team visa, and service men on the reception desk would give them the room keys respectively.

Two weeks before the start-off of cruises, the staff concerned will send the travelers the electronic tickets. The procedure for going aboard is generally operated before 3 hours. Travelers need offering the reception the code of electronic tickets and passports and so on. Meanwhile, the staff on the cruises will arrange the appropriate room and boarding card for each one, which will be the major judge for travelers’ getting on and getting off. Travelers should get on cruise before one hour when the cruises depart.