The optimal times for a river cruise in China are April - May and September to October. Weather is warm and mild and flights prices are relatively stable during these months. June - August will be hotter but pricing will be lower.
The Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world. Most river cruise lines visit the Three Gorges, a 100-mile area between Nanjin Pass in the east and White King City in the west. The Three Gorges Project, started in 1971 and finished in 2009 and was designed to alleviate annual flooding and to save lives. It created the world’s largest reservoir, and raised the level of the Yangtze River by about 570ft. It also submerged towns and villages. The dam supplies 15 per cent of China’s hydroelectricity power.
A sample itinerary would begin in Beijing, where you'll visit Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China and a rickshaw tour. Then you'll move on to Xian, one of the most culturally rich cities in China. Tour the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago.You'll see thousands of life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors, archers and infantrymen that were buried with him.