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4 night cruise Yangzi Explorer, Shennongjia

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Day 1


Convene at the Three Gorges Tourist Center at 2pm for transfer to the Three Gorges Project. View the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Gorges, measuring some 76 kilometres (47 miles) in length. Next, visit the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. The project was started in 1992, partially completed in 2009 and is due to be finished in 2015. 

After the excursion, arrive at Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer and settle into your cabin. Tonight there will be a Captain’s reception followed by a welcome dinner. Later in the evening, a documentary about the Three Gorges Dam Project will be shown in your cabin.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 2


Today is a full day excursion to Shennongjia Nature Reserve, known as the ‘Green Pearl’ of China.

Explore this magnificent, ancient forest landscape where high, steep mountains make for some spectacular scenery. The fertile land is home to dense forest including bamboo and vines, as well as brightly coloured flowers and fruits. Shennongjia is also home to the iconic golden monkeys, who can be seen playing in the trees overhead.Lunch will be served at Xiaolongtan, a scenic spot and wildlife rescue centre where you can learn about the local ecology and meet some of the area’s protected wildlife. 

Optional: Before returning to Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, visit the Golden Monkey Protection and Research Base - the only place in the world where you can get up-close-and-personal to the enchanting golden monkey (additional cost). Dinner tonight will be an international buffet followed by a movie night.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 3



Start your morning with a traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the international buffet breakfast. This morning cruise the Shennong Stream and disembark at Badong and transfer to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen before an international lunch buffet on board.

This afternoon view Wu Gorge followed by a Chinese calligraphy demonstration. Alternatively, enjoy an optional tour to the White Emperor City (additional cost and subject to availability) before afternoon tea. In the evening, a la carte dinner will be followed by our crew variety show.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 4


Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. Afterwards there will be a shore excursion to Fengdu, where you can visit the Relocated Village, local Kindergarten or local market. After lunch join our wheelhouse tour and arts & craft presentation.

Learn to make dumplings with our chef, before our 'Taste of China' dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 5


Enjoy an international buffet breakfast before disembarking at 9am.

** Childrens on-board entertainment is available **
* Schedule is subject to change *