Chongqing – We stayed at the Yangtze River International Youth Hostel (now call “Travel With…”) for only 1 night before the cruise. A bed in a dorm of 6 with shared bathroom was (37RMB/ AU$7.50 p/p/n) with no breakfast included. The hostel doe offer breakfast but we opted for street food instead. The hostel was clean and in a good location, close to market and shops, great view of river from common area, and close to the port for cruise ship boarding.
Yichang – We stayed at the Yidou Youth Hostel (it was organised for us by our hostel in Chongqing, their partner hostel at the other end of the cruise route) A bed in a 4 bed dorm with private bathroom was 50RMB/ AU$10 p/p/n which was a little expensive but we only stayed 1 night. The hostel was clean but the bathrooms has a strange smell. The common area was small and freezing but the reception desk was very helpful with booking train tickets and taxis.