There are many great travel destinations and one popular area on a lot of people’s bucket list is China. Much of China was closed to the outside world for centuries with tourism steadily increasing since the late 1970s.
The “Pearl of the Orient” is not to be missed. While many people may choose seeing China by land tours, there’s a more interesting way to see even more of the country.
It didn’t take long for the cruise industry to notice the promising potential of China for their passengers. Several cruise ships now venture to China and it is commonplace that your favourite cruise departs from Hong Kong, Singapore or Beijing on an adventure touching upon thousands of years of civilizations.
A cruise holiday in China is often accompanied with a land-based stay, typically in Beijing and Shanghai, making cruising a significant part of China’s growing tourism industry.
Another option that is a once in a lifetime experience is to cruise down the River Yangtze. Many consider the shores along the river banks to be the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization and the river itself its lifeline. The Yangtze River is the longest river in all of Asia, taking up nearly 4000 miles and is the third longest river in the entire world.
A cruise around this region is unique not only for its path but for the fact that it combines both land and sea experiences to create a truly intriguing trip. One day, you can be enjoying an authentic acrobat routine or shopping in a major metropolis; the next, they’ll be in a secluded rural area that is surrounded by beautiful temples and pagodas. Stunning handmade wooden carvings and fine silk are available for purchase at local markets there.
Authentic cuisine, Chinese opera and many more experiences await you aboard a luxurious ship. The ocean cruise ships have modern amenities such as spacious cabins with balconies and full sized gyms and spas that offer every treatment.
Think of the incredible excursions that take passengers to the mausoleums of the Ming Tomb, the legion army of Terracotta Warriors and the picture perfect opportunities along the monumental structure that has been a symbol of China, the Great Wall.
When planning your cruise, the choices are numerous. Apart from world cruises, whose itineraries generally sample key ports in the Orient and the Far East, there are a number of cruise lines that make the most important ports of call in China and other Far Eastern countries.
The months of April, May, September and October are considered the peak season for cruising in China. These months leans towards being warm and mild, thus making it optimum.
Celebrity, Costa, Crystal and Royal Caribbean have varied itineraries ranging from 4 to 22 days. The influence of these exotic destinations will only merit with an extension of a pre and post cruise land package, making it a totally extensive holiday.
Viking River Cruises is one of the biggest river cruise lines that sails on the Yangtze. Enjoy an adventure in the Three Gorges region which is 150 miles long and provides stunning mountain landscapes, amazing gorges and thick bamboo groves that will create some lasting memories.
Far from home in nearly every sense, China has dazzled and enthralled travellers with its mesmerizing traditions, stunning terrain and rich cultural heritage. There is no better way to experience as much as possible as on a cruise with all amenities along with a pre and post cruise tour.
Written by Veronica Shine