Imperial Jewels of China
ROTW-499686/183598 Yangtze
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Xian, China

With more than 3,000 years of history, Xi’an is one of the most culturally significant cities in China. Over the course of 1,000 years, it was the capital of 13 different dynasties and was ruled by no fewer than 73 emperors. Today, many ancient artefacts remain in the city including the world’s largest city wall which stands 12 metres high and 18 metres wide. Without question, though, the most important feature of the city is the Terracotta Warriors, which are housed in their own unique museum.

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Chongquing, China

Located in the Szechwan province of southern China is the city of Chongqing, which is perched on the hills above the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. It is the starting point for cruises along the Yangtze – which offers a gateway to some of China’s fascinating towns and cities. Otherwise known as Chungking, the city occupies the eastern third of the rocky promontory and The Liberation Monument can be found in the centre of the Old City. The area surrounding Chongqing is home to a number of delightful spas and resorts, as well as a number of scenic areas.

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Day 2
Yangtze River, China

Coursing a distance of almost 4,000 miles, the mighty Yangtze River is the third longest in the world and more than 300 million people make a home along its banks. A cruise down the Yangtze is an excellent way to see a large area of China in a short time and an absolute must for tourists visiting this great country. The most popular route is between Chongqing and Wuhan.

This section offers a memorable 850-mile trip that can take between four and seven days, depending on how many stops you make, passing through the famous Three Gorges. The scenery is stunning and, as the ship passes through lush green valleys and narrow canyons, you will begin to wonder if you have been transported to another world. Ancient towns often visited along the way include Fuling, Shibaozhai, Jingzhou, Yueyang and Dongting Lake, revealing both the richness of local history and the colourful life along the mighty Yangtze.

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Shibaozhai, China

Lying along the banks of the Yangtze River is one of the river, and China’s most spectacular sites, the Shibaozhai. The temple is a stunning 12-story wooden pagoda and is a marvel of Ming Dynasty architecture, earning it the nickname “Pearl of the Yangtze”.

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Day 3
Qutang Gorge, China

Situated on the Yagstze River is the shortest and most spectacular of China's Three Gorges, the Qutang Gorge. Though this dramatic gorge is only 5 miles long, there are many scenic spots to be found along the way. Some of the most spectacular sights include, the Meng Liang Staircase, the Ancient Plank Road, the Seven Gate Cave and the Bellows Gorge.

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Day 3
Lesser Three Gorges, China

The Lesser Three Gorges are located in Wushan County, 300 miles from Chongqing, at the meeting point of the Danning and Yangtze rivers. The three gorges - named Dragon-Gate Gorge, Misty Gorge, and Emerald Gorge - are valleys within the Danning River which flow 37 miles midway up the river. Each of the gorges is famous for crystal clear rapids, huge towering cliffs, and a number of historic sites that include the 2,000 year-old hanging coffins of the Ba people and the ancient path made from planks that were carved into the side of the cliff. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of wild monkeys roaming around the area.

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Day 3
Wu Gorge, China

One of the spectacular Three Gorges along on the Yangtze River, the Wu Gorge is noted for its magnificent scenery, lush green mountains and deep valley. The stunning natural landscapes are made all the more mystical by the mist and fog that descends on this part of the river. As it is also called the Witches Gorge, this fog is sometimes referred to as the Witches Brew. It shrouds the Wu Mountains but Goddess Peak is always on hand to protect anyone passing through from the legendary 12 dragons that once blocked the way.

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Day 4
Three Gorges Dam, China

The world’s largest power station, The Three Gorges Dam, lies on the Yangstze River by the town of Sandouping in China. Although a total of 1.3million people have had to be relocated due to its construction, and 570,000 acres of farmland, 1000 towns and villages in 19 counties and cities were be flooded, this does mean that new sites and scenery has had to be created along the Yangtze including the largest national park in the world.

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Day 4
Xiling Gorge, China

As the largest of the spectacular Three Gorges in China’s Hubei province, Xiling gorge accounts for more than half of this stunning stretch of the Yangtze River. Although they are considered collectively, the Xiling Gorge is actually made up of four different canyons which have names that suit their reverence. The Precious Sword, Horse Lung and Ox Liver, Soundless Bell, and Shadow Play Gorges were once considered treacherous to navigate but the introduction of the Three Gorges dam has increased the water level and made them much safer. Among the cultural relics in the gorge are Huangling Temple and the Three Travelers Cave.

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Day 5
Jingzhou, China
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Day 6
Wuhan, China

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province and a major port and transportation hub on the Yangtze River. It is the last navigable port for ocean going ships and the start or finishing point for many Yangtze River Cruises. This European style city is home to the Hubei Provincial Museum, filled with archaeological treasures including a collection of intricately worked bronze bells.

Other places of interest include East Lake, several pagodas and temples, and a memorial to Qu Yuan, an immortalised ancient poet and patriot. You can also visit Guiyuan Temple, which dates from the late Ming Dynasty and enshrines a 105-ton white stone Buddha.

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Day 6
Yangtze River, China

Coursing a distance of almost 4,000 miles, the mighty Yangtze River is the third longest in the world and more than 300 million people make a home along its banks. A cruise down the Yangtze is an excellent way to see a large area of China in a short time and an absolute must for tourists visiting this great country. The most popular route is between Chongqing and Wuhan.

This section offers a memorable 850-mile trip that can take between four and seven days, depending on how many stops you make, passing through the famous Three Gorges. The scenery is stunning and, as the ship passes through lush green valleys and narrow canyons, you will begin to wonder if you have been transported to another world. Ancient towns often visited along the way include Fuling, Shibaozhai, Jingzhou, Yueyang and Dongting Lake, revealing both the richness of local history and the colourful life along the mighty Yangtze.

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Day 7
Wuhan, China

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province and a major port and transportation hub on the Yangtze River. It is the last navigable port for ocean going ships and the start or finishing point for many Yangtze River Cruises. This European style city is home to the Hubei Provincial Museum, filled with archaeological treasures including a collection of intricately worked bronze bells.

Other places of interest include East Lake, several pagodas and temples, and a memorial to Qu Yuan, an immortalised ancient poet and patriot. You can also visit Guiyuan Temple, which dates from the late Ming Dynasty and enshrines a 105-ton white stone Buddha.

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Day 7
Shanghai, China

The largest and most cosmopolitan city in China, Shanghai, sits majestically at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Shanghai’s location made her a gateway for seaborne trade with China, and the city thrived as a port trading in silk, tea and opium. The city today combines it’s ancient past with a distinctly modern and western flavour, due to its many wars occupations and foreign trade links. Sites of interest in Shanghai are diverse and plentiful and include the Yu Yuan Gardens, an exquisite and harmonious ensemble of ponds, pavilions and ancient trees and the Shanghai Museum. Chinas premier museum, the collection here includes, 7,000 year old pottery and life sized terra cotta figures from the third century BC.

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