Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
We are now offering special summer river camp perfect for children. There are two sailings on 10th - 14th July and 7th - 11th August. There are plenty of activities created just for the children onboard. Read more ...
Highlights Tai Chi exerciser, Fengdu Shore excursion, Mahjong lesson. Read more ...
We are now offering special summer river camp perfect for children. There are two sailings on 18th - 21st July and 1st - 4th August. There are plenty of activities created just for the children onboard. Read more ...
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The Yangzi River starts in the mountains of Tibet and empties into the ocean at Shanghai, a distance of 6,380 kms, making it the third longest river in the world. Its Chinese name is simply Chang Jiangor (Long River). The most impressive section of the river is the three Yangzi River Gorges: Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge, collectively known as Sanxia, or The Three Gorges.
It is one of China's most important transport routes, carrying a huge amount of cargo and passengers, yet also one of China's most formidable barriers. The north and south of the country were for centuries effectively cut off from one another by this huge river, treacherous for its floods and the vast amount of water it drains from the heart of the Asian continent. It is also seen by the Chinese to be a division in cultural matters; those who live north of it are wheat and dry grain eaters and those who live to its south are rice eaters.
Suggested Yangzi River Accommodation
The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is one of only two five star vessels operating in the astonishing Three Gorges region of China. Elegant and stylish, it is perfect for relaxed cruising through spectacular and...
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The organisation was superb. We were able to fit so much into each day without feeling hurried.
- MS, Gloucestershire
Peking to Paris Rally
Spirit of Adventure Lives On
Follow Michelle & Mike on their incredible adventure in the Peking to Paris rally and enter our competition.
Chengdu Research Base
Conducts captive breeding programs and scientific research and is an educational tourism center for this endangered and beloved icon of China