China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

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China's Cultural Delights

This 18-day odyssey explores China’s cradle of culture with an epic 11-day Yangtze cruise between Chongqing and Nanjing. See all the wonders of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, as well as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Army and Old Shanghai. And, uncover the roots of Chinese civilization from Jingdezhen, birthplace of porcelain; to Mt. Jiu Hua’s remote Buddhist Temple complex; to Suzhou with its elegant classical gardens. Those who really want to understand the origins of Chinese culture should strongly consider this itinerary, our ultimate China experience.

Day 1 | Shanghai, China

Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city, then transfer to your hotel.* Here, you can see the modern metropolis of the financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city.

Day 2 | Shanghai, China

This morning, tour Old Shanghai and the Bund, the city’s elegant riverfront promenade lined with historic buildings. Visit the comprehensive Shanghai Museum to see some of its extensive collection of art and artifacts. Dine in a local restaurant, then enjoy a performance of the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Shanghai, China

After breakfast, ride to Suzhou, nicknamed “Venice of the East” for its intricate canals. Take a guided walk through the Old Town and along the city’s canals, and then tour a silk factory and the exquisite Fishermen’s Garden. After lunch, ride to Nanjing to board your ship. You are welcomed aboard with a Western dinner. (B, L, D)

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Day 4 | Mt. Jiu Hua, China

Marvel at the tranquil beauty of Mt. Jiu Hua, one of only four sacred Buddhist mountains. Visit one of the area’s Buddhist temples, then return aboard for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Jingdezhen, China

Today, visit the Ceramic History Museum in this city dubbed “the Porcelain Capital” due to its 1,700-year history of making pottery. Learn how ceramics were produced in ancient times and their significance to each dynasty. In modern times these pieces are virtually priceless. A rare copper-red Ming Dynasty vase recently sold at auction for more than $10 million. Dine aboard and sail overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Wuhan, China

After breakfast, stop in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province. Tour the Hubei Provincial Museum to see its many ancient artifacts, including a large collection of bronze bells. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Dongting Lake, China

Sail across Dongting Lake, China’s second-largest freshwater lake. Stop for a visit to the 66-foot-high Yueyang Tower, built without a single nail, and its nearby pavilions, originally built during the Qing Dynasty. Cruise overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 8 | Jingzhou, China

This morning, visit a town where Viking River Cruises has sponsored a much-needed elementary school. Arrive to a warm greeting from the children. Return aboard for afternoon cruising and meals. (B, L, D)

Day 9 | Three Gorges, China

This morning, disembark for a tour of the Three Gorges Dam, an immense hydroelectric engineering project completed in 2008. After your tour, return aboard and cruise through the dam’s five-stage lock system. For the next 150 miles, you will cruise past the spectacular limestone cliffs known as the Three Gorges. First, sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. Dinner aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 10 | Three Gorges, China

This morning, cruise through Wu ("Witches") Gorge, renowned for magnificent scenery. Then board smaller boats to the Lesser Three Gorges. Marvel at the hanging coffins of the Ba people and the ancient plank road carved into the cliffside. Return aboard for lunch, and spend the afternoon cruising through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest of the three larger gorges. (B, L, D)

Day 11 | Shibaozhai, China

This morning, tour the 12-story Shibaozhai Temple, an impressive example of Qing Dynasty architecture (c. 1650) set on the banks of the river. Lunch and dinner aboard, accompanied by scenic cruising along the Yangtze; dock in Fengdu this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 12 | Fengdu, China

Awaken this morning in Fengdu, a city dating back to the Han Dynasty. From here, embark on a tour of Snow Jade Cave, an underground labyrinth of caverns featuring dramatic karst limestone formations. Return to your ship for lunch and dinner and evening cruising. (B, L, D)

Day 13 | Chongqing, China

Disembark at Chongqing and fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 A.D. this dynasty presided over one of China’s most glorious cultural periods. This evening dine and relax at your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 14 | Xian, China

After breakfast, tour the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago. Marvel at the thousands of life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors, archers, infantrymen and horses provided to accompany him into the afterlife. After lunch, you have free time to further explore Xian. This evening, you may choose to dine surrounded by the song and dance of this colorful era. (B, L, D)

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Day 15 | Xian, China

Today, fly to Beijing, China’s imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. Check in to your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 16 | Beijing, China

Travel to the Badaling Hills to walk the fabled Great Wall of China. Lunch in a local restaurant is followed by a stroll along the Sacred Way, a tree-lined avenue with massive animal sculptures guarding the Ming Tombs. This evening, dine at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel, or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner, the region’s famous dish. (B, L, D)

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Day 17 | Beijing, China

This morning visit Tiananmen Square, built to accommodate over 1,000,000 people. Then, tour Beijing’s mysterious Forbidden City, completed in 1420 and off limits to visitors for 500 years. Explore its pavilions, courtyards and gardens. After lunch, take free time to explore Beijing on your own or do some shopping. You may also join an optional tour to walk among the elegant buildings and landscaped grounds of the 700-acre Summer Palace complex. Enjoy your final dinner this evening, or attend an optional Peking opera, a form of traditional Chinese theater. (B, L, D)

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Day 18 | Beijing, China

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or continue your China journey with an escorted land program that includes 3 nights in Hong Kong and 1 night in Guilin. Sightsee and shop in Hong Kong, then enjoy a relaxing day along Guilin’s scenic Li River. (B)

The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

* Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises

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