China

Classic China from £3,895

Classic China journey highlights * The Great Wall of China * Terracotta Warriers * Cruise the Yangzi in style Read more ...


China

Connections: Life Along the Yangzi from £3,515

Visit a family home for a dumpling making lesson and lunch with the family. Hop into a pedicab and explore a traditional Beijing neighborhood. See a noodle making demonstration. Read more ...


Chengdu, China

A Taste of China from £2,807

Enjoy the laid-back city of Chengdu, a cruise upon the M.S. Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, finishing with a day of leisure to explore Shanghai. Read more ...



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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

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area



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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

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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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Chengdu Research Base of the Giant Panda

Chengdu Research Base

Conducts captive breeding programs and scientific research and is an educational tourism center for this endangered and beloved icon of China



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