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Victoria Cruises, which has redesigned and rechristened the Victoria Liana, Victoria Selina and Victoria Prince, is launching a new shore excursion to Guqin Terrace in Wuhan, China, for 2011 sailings of its eight-night Three Gorges Discovery program in the upstream direction. It replaces the Hubei Provincial Museum on upstream sailings for a limited time through the 2011 sailing season.
Gugin Tai, or Heptachord Terrace, is on the bank of the Moon Lake, with dramatic scenery surrounding a teahouse and arboretum, commemorates the ancient legend of the friendship between famous musician heptachordist, Yu Boya, who lived here between 770 and 476 B.C., and a woodcutter, Zhong Ziqi, who gave him the appreciation of his music that musicians dream of. Zhong Ziqi died before they could meet a second time, and Yu Boya played, once again, by his friend’s grave and smashed his heptachord, never to play again.
“Guqin Terrace is quite remarkable both in terms of scenic beauty and historical intrigue,” said Larry Greenman, manager of public relations for Victoria Cruises. “Our guests will find the Terrace's peaceful setting exceptionally relaxing while absorbing its colorful background and developing an appreciation for one of the world’s oldest and most unique instruments.”