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Comprehensive China Exploration

At a glance

Duration: 12 Days

Coverage: Beijing (Tianjin) to Hong Kong

From: $3,599

Season: March, October

Activities: Birding, Culture, History, Wildlife

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Embark on a journey of discovery in China that will send your senses reeling. Taste dim sum in Hong Kong and local brewed beer in Qingdao. Soak in powder blue hot springs and taste the umami of oyster pancakes and stinky tofu offered by Taiwanese street vendors. Climb the Great Wall for an unparalleled view of China’s past and to the Star Bar for an unparalleled view of your ship in the present.

Highlights

  • Discover Hong Kong's impressive view at Victoria Peak and enjoy delicious dim sum as you overnight in the city that never sleeps
  • Sights to see in Taipei include the Chiang Kai-shek, Memorial, The Confucius Temple and Taipei 101
  • Overnight in Shanghai with plenty of time at Nanjing Road, a shopper's paradise
  • Explore Qingdao, the seaside city famous for Tsingtao Beer and home of Taqing Palace, where Taoism was born
  • Extend your stay in Beijing to visit the numerous UNESCO sites including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs
  • Take a glass-bottom boat ride at emerald-green Kabira Bay of Ishigaki Island where swimming is not allowed

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Beijing (Tianjin), China

Your ship will dock in Tianjin, the nearest port city to Beijing, located 105 miles away. As the capital of China Beijing is the main political, economic and cultural center for China. Highlights here include the UNESCO Sites of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Huangyaguan Great Wall, and the Ming Tombs, and also historic Tiananmen Square.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Qingdao, China

Home of the longest bridge in the world (16.6 miles) and the famous Tsingtao Brewery, Qingdao is an important seaport due to its close proximity to Korea and Japan and hosted the sailing competitions for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The official symbol of Qingdao is the Zhanqiao Pier which features the picturesque Huilange Pavilion and the Wu Si Guangchang. Nearby is the Taiqing Palace, the birthplace of Taoism and over 2,000 years old.

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5-6 — Shanghai, China

Welcome to the “Pearl of the Orient” and the center of China’s industry and trade. Built on the edge of the Huangpu River, Shanghai is an impressive mix of old and new. The colorful skyline features many skyscrapers including the recognizable Oriental Pearl TV Tower, 1,535 feet high and the tallest TV tower in Asia. Old City Shanghai is a maze of streets with small shops, restaurants, and street vendors. A visit to Nanjing Road will introduce you to over 600 shops along a 3.4-mile road. Also see the Shanghai Museum and the Jade Buddha Temple.

Day 7 — At Sea

Day 8 — Ishigaki Island, Japan

Ishigaki City is the southernmost Japanese city located closer to Taiwan than the main islands of Japan. Well known by Japanese tourists for the clear waters and coral reefs, the island is ringed by beaches offering excellent snorkeling, swimming and diving. The emerald-green water of Kabira Bay, a top sightseeing spot famous for the cultivation of black pearls is here, which you can view on a glass bottom boat trip as swimming is not allowed.

Day 9 — Taipei (Keelung), China (Taiwan)

The modern metropolis and capital city of Taiwan is an interesting mix of Japanese, Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures. The skyline is dominated by the 1,671-foot, 101-storied, bamboo-shaped skyscraper, Taipei 101. Other highlights of Taipei include the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park, Martyrs’ Shrine which is an excellent example of classical Ming Dynasty architecture, and the Confucius Temple.

Day 10 — At Sea

Day 11-12 — Hong Kong, China

Our ship docks right in the heart of Hong Kong’s harbor, putting you at the center of all manner of attractions. Watch sampans and junks glide through the waters of Aberdeen. Soak in the towering skyscrapers, peaceful green hillsides and world-famous Harbour from the top of Victoria Peak. Pursue bargains at Stanley Market. Have your fortune told at the Temple Street Night Market. Visit Lantau Island where a giant bronze Buddha holds court.

Comprehensive China Exploration Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction Ocean View Ocean View 1 Ocean View 2 Ocean View 3 Balcony Suite Balcony Suite 1 Classic Suite Owner's Suite
Oct 27, 2018 Beijing (Tianjin) to Hong Kong $3,599 $3,899 $4,099 $4,299 $4,999 $5,299 $7,899 Call
Mar 5, 2019 Hong Kong to Beijing (Tianjin) $3,999 $4,299 $4,599 $4,899 $5,299 $5,699 $7,499 $8,499

Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.

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