China does everything big. It is the second largest country by area, it has the most people and its most famous landmark, The Great Wall of China, can be seen from space. With so much to see and do in this behemoth of a nation, taking a river cruise to China with Viking is a great way to maximize your experience without getting lost in the crowd.
While Viking's itineraries in China all involve the Yangtze River, which is approximately 3,915 miles long, these vacations aren't primarily river cruises. Viking has created four amazing options that have you flying through this country and stopping in cities like Lijiang in the southwest and Beijing in the Northeast. You will be escorted all over the country ensuring you come home with a comprehensive experience in this land.
Depending on the itinerary you choose, in 2015 you could be attending a Peking Opera one day and gazing up at the 12-story Shiboazhi temple the next. You could also be traveling to Lhasa in Tibet to see the winter palace of the Dalai Lama or visiting a Panda research center in Chengdu. All itineraries include a scenic day on the Yangtze as you pass through the Three Gorges. The Three Gorges is an area along the river where the land surrounding the river juts upward, creating a magical experience for those traveling through.
Onboard the Viking Emerald, which was built in 2011, you will have everything you need and more. There is a gym and beauty salon, along with a library and internet café - all on a ship that has 128 staterooms with views of the beautiful river landscape. While onboard, be sure to sit in on the fascinating lectures about the region and its culture.
Scroll down to learn more about Viking's China itineraries and be sure to contact a cruise consultant at The Cruise Web for assistance in finding the best river cruise for your time and money.