Trains and planes are fast replacing China's boat and ferry services. The China-Japan International Ferry Company operates the Shanghai Ferry Boat that has a weekly ferry every Tuesday to Kobe or Osaka. The company maintains an English-language website with timetables.
Four- to seven-day cruises along the Yangtze River are the most popular, and thus the most touristy of the domestic boat rides. Both local and international companies run these tours, but shop around, as prices vary drastically.
China-Japan International Ferry Company. 908 Dongdaming Lu, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi. 021/6325–7642; www.shinganjin.com/index_e.php.