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New Chef and Restaurant on Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Awe-inspiring natural beauty, iconic World Heritage sites and cultures enhanced over centuries – these are the riches around as you sail China’s legendary waterway. The guiding philosophy of all Sanctuary cruises is ‘Luxury, naturally’, and Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer gets you as close as possible to central China’s most captivating landscapes amid authentic charm and unrivalled comfort. Now with a new chef and restaurant redesign the experience to got even better

The East meets West menus take food lovers on a tour of authentic local delicacies and international flavours – the quality of the eating and drinking is a hallmark of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer experience. There’s a team of internationally trained chefs and a well-stocked wine cellar – choose from complimentary house reds and whites, as well as the finest French labels. Soft drinks, house wine and local beer are unlimited at mealtimes.

At breakfast and lunch, buffets extend a range of continental classics and Chinese dishes – start with just-squeezed fruit juices and house-baked pastries one day and feast on freshly steamed dim sum the next. Afternoon tea isn’t just about the home-made cakes and brewed-how-you-like-it tea or coffee – the servers also share with you the secrets to the specialist blends on board.

Dumpling Making Classes

Chinese banquets are legendary – and so is the Taste of China farewell dinner. It’s a feast of tasty dishes, such as west lake beef broth, kongbao chicken, Yangzhou rice and dory fish with vermicelli. As well as this carnival of flavours, the parade features characters dressed as the Emperor, Empress and courtiers with a folklore-telling Lion Dance. Wear your own traditional Chinese outfit for the ultimate photo opportunity.


Restaurant redesign and new chef for 2016:

We have a new chef called Li Cheng Hai who has worked in a 5-star Hotel in Beijing for the last 10 years.

Chef Li Cheng Hai 2

The whole restaurant is being remodeled with an upgrade of the interior design that is more elegant and fresh.


• Carved wooden room dividers will create a relaxing and intimate atmosphere
• New layout that allows more privacy for diners
• New concept of centrally located food areas with easy access
• New lighting and more comfortable furniture
• New China, glassware, cutlery, table ware