Yangtze Exploration

J.L. Erickson Vacationers seeking to discover China’s western region and the country’s longest and most famous river have an option with Ritz Tours’ 17-day Tibet Highland and Yangtze Cruise program featuring visits to seven historical Chinese cities and a Yangtze River excursion. The tour begins in Be

By: J.L. Erickson

Vacationers seeking to discover China’s western region and the country’s longest and most famous river have an option with Ritz Tours’ 17-day Tibet Highland and Yangtze Cruise program featuring visits to seven historical Chinese cities and a Yangtze River excursion.

The tour begins in Beijing, host city for the 2008 Olympic Games, where highlights include Tiananmen Square, the ancient Forbidden City, a visit to the solemn Temple of Heaven, and a stroll through the grounds at the Summer Palace and Kunming Lake.

The journey continues with a visit to the Great Wall, which spans across mountains and valleys in the northern part of the country, and a stop at the Ming Tomb Museum.

From Beijing, travelers head to Lhasa, the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, with a full-day tour to Potala Palace and Jokhang Lamasery. A walk along Bakhor Street affords travelers a window into Tibetan culture and handcrafts.

In Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, the visit includes the Marquis Wu Shrine, built to enshrine the 47 heroic figures of the Shu Kingdom, followed by a stop at River Viewing Pavilion Park, and a tour of the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the residence of the famous Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu.

A stay in Xian offers the chance to experience the city’s 5,000-year history with visits to see Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terra Cotta Warriors, the ancient City Wall, the Bell Tower and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening, visitors are hosted to an Imperial Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Stage Opera.

On the Yangtze River, China’s longest, with Victoria Cruises, travelers sail between Chongqing and Yichang with views of the Three Gorges and Small Gorges as well as shore excursions and onboard lectures, cultural presentations and demonstrations.

Pricing starts at $3,499 plus taxes per person, double, and includes air transportation, hotel accommodations, the four-day river cruise, meals and sightseeing per the itinerary.

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