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China Cruises

China is home to 1.3 billion people and has a similar land size to the USA. It offers visitors a spectacular array of natural and cultural experiences.

 Over 5,000 years of history scattered with emperors, poets and philosophers has led to a culture rich in heritage and tradition, and today's China is a heady mix of old and new.

China's insatiable desire to modernise over the last half-century has created many 'super cities' that are connected by an ever-growing high-speed rail network, leading to the largest urban human migration of our time.

It's also a country of natural as well as man-made wonders. From the arid icy plateau of the Himalayas in the west to the fertile green plains of the east, and everything in between, it has been said that China contains every imaginable landscape. Pair this with the man-made wonders of the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Army, and you'll soon discover why China is one of the most fascinating countries on the planet.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • China's national sport is table tennis. 
  • The world's first paper money was created in China 1,400 years ago.
  • The country's controversial one child policy was abandoned in 2015.
  • China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year.
  • From 2011-16 a new skyscraper was built in China every 5 days.
 

Highlights

The city

No cruise to China would be complete without a visit to the infamous Great Wall, which snakes over 13,000 miles from east to west and is visible from space. The port of Xingang, near Beijing, is the perfect jumping off point for a glimpse at the wall as well as China's sprawling capital city. Beijing is also home to the Forbidden City, one of China's most visited attractions containing nearly 1,000 historical buildings.

A stop at the port in the frenetic city of Shanghai shows a different side of China. Travellers will feel as if they've landed in the future, with the city's towering skyscrapers dominating the skyline next to the Huangpu River. 

Historical sites

Shopping enthusiasts will want to make a beeline for the 13-mile long Nanjing Road, known as the number one commercial street in China, with over 600 shops selling everything known to man.  

Those wishing to explore the city's historical sites should not miss the magnificent Yuyuan Garden with its Ming and Qing architecture, and the Jade Buddha Temple, the most famous Buddhist shrine in Shanghai.

 

Culture

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China has one of the oldest living cultures in the world, and thanks to the people's high regard for tradition, many of the ancient customs are still alive today. 

There’s a big festival almost every month here, each with its own origins and customs –expect dragon boat racing, fireworks, lanterns, kites, sacrifices and endless food cooked to each event’s unique traditions and expectations.  

China is also well known for being the birthplace of martial arts including Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Wing Chun, and their cultural significance today is still very prevalent. The teachings of martial arts are used in the Chinese people’s day-to-day lives, from simple health and fitness to self-improvement and discipline. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting China

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