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The Yangze 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 Yangze 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.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Luxury Small Group Journey - China, Tibet & the Yangtze

Nights: 17 | from £9,035

Luxury Small Group Journey - China, Tibet & the Yangtze, visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, Chongqing, The Yangtze River, Yichang and Shanghai Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Family China

Nights: 12 | from £3,965

Sled down the Great Wall, visit pandas, sail down the Yangtze, learn to play folk drums and skywalk in Shanghai on our Chinese family adventure. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangzi

Nights: 14 | from £5,365

We’ll take you bustling Beijing, historic Xi’an and laid-back Chengdu as well as on a luxury cruise along the Yangtze to energetic Shanghai. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Wings Over China

Nights: 11 | from £18,925

From the timeless Great Wall near Beijing to the modern Hong Kong skyline, immerse yourself in the essence of China, exploring vibrant Shanghai, picturesque... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Cycling through China

Nights: 13 | from £4,980

A tour of China which involves walking, cycling, rafting and even a motorcycle sidecar, enabling you to fully appreciate both its world-famous landmarks... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Elegant and stylish, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is perfect for relaxed cruising through spectacular and ever-changing landscapes. Carrying just... Find out more

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A Taste of China


Prices from £2,807pp saving up to £300pp for 7 nights
Book our 7 night Taste of China trip, for travel on any departure in November 2015, and save up to £300pp. Prices from £2,807pp, including a 3 night Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer river cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, China


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Book our 4 night Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer river cruise from Yichang to Chongqing before 28th February 2016 and receive 20% discount on rates plus complimentary cabin upgrade. Prices from £725pp based on two people sharing a Xiling Suite, excludes international flights. Valid for travel 1st March - 30th April 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.


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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.

Fly to

Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours


Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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