China might not be the first location that comes to mind when planning a cruise, but China is one of the most fascinating destinations on earth. When you cruise in China you will marvel at its geographic diversity and the mighty Yangtze River.You will see the contrast between the ancient Chinese culture and it’s more recent entrepreneurial spirit. The landscapes are majestic and there are many impressive historical sites.
Depending on your route, you may visit one (or more) of these amazing destinations on your China cruise:
Beijing – China’s former imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. The Forbidden City is characterized by grand palaces and courtyards. Visit the famed Tiananmen Square, the Imperial Summer Palace and its stunning lakeside Chinese gardens. Take an excursion to the Great Wall of China a 4,000-mile-long series of sandstone and earthwork fortifications built and maintained between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century A.D.
Xi’an – From 618 to 907 A.D., this dynasty presided over one of China’s most glorious cultural periods spreading its influence throughout Asia into Europe and Africa. Xi’an is home of the Terracotta Warriors, 8000 life-sized terracotta infantrymen still guarding the tomb of the first Quin Emperor.
Guilin – Its name means, “Forest of Sweet Osmanthus“, owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. It is one of China’s most scenic areas. Pass spectacular limestone peaks on a trip down the Li River.
Shanghai – China’s largest city and one of the world’s most important ports. See the modern metropolis of the financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city. Head to the Shanghai Museum and see its ancient ceramics, bronzes, calligraphy and other artifacts.
Lhasa (Tibet) – Lhasa is the economic, spiritual and cultural centre of Tibet. Highlights include the 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple, one of Tibet’s most sacred sites; the Tibetan Museum; Potala Palace, winter home of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century; and Sera Monastery, an active Buddhist temple.
There are a number of itineraries and roots to choose from. To find the journey that best suits your travel style; consult your favourite travel agent!