GMT + 8 hours.
Mandarin Chinese is the official language in mainland China. In
Hong Kong, Cantonese is spoken.
The currency used in China is RENMINBI (RMB), which means the
people's currency. Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks
or licensed moneychangers. Each time you exchange currency, you
will be issued a Receipt of Exchange. Please keep your receipts as
any excess RMB you may be holding at the end of your trip cannot be
exchanged without your receipts. Please note that exchanging money
on the black market is a criminal offence.
ATMs are not easily accessible on the journey. The ship can cash
travellers cheques and accepts all major credit cards (MasterCard,
Visa and American Express).
Tipping onboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is entirely
discretionary but general suggestions are as follows:
- - For porters, RMB 10.00 per room
- - Chongqing, RMB 40.00 per person for the guide and RMB 20.00
per person for the driver
- - Fengdu/Wanxian excursion, RMB 40.00 per person for the guide
and RMB 10.00 per person for the driver
- - Shennong Stream, RMB 20.00 per person for boatman, and RMB
30.00 per person for the guide
- - Three Gorges Dam Project excursion, RMB 30.00 per person for
the guide and RMB 10.00 per person for the driver
- - Yichang, RMB 40.00 per person for the guide and RMB 20.00 per
person for the driver
- - RMB 300.00 per person for the crew of the M.S. Yangzi
flight acces & transfer details
Both Chongqing and Yichang can be reached by domestic flights
via major cities in China including Beijing, Xian and
Embarkation at Chongqing (Downstream): Land transfer from
Chongqing Airport (CKG) takes approximately 35 minutes
Embarkation at Yichang (Upstream): Land transfer from Yichang
Sanxia Airport (YIH) takes approximately 45 minutes
arrival & departures
In most cases, visitors to China require a valid visa to enter
the country. However, there are certain exemptions applicable to
some countries. Please consult with the embassy of the People's
Republic of China for information on exemptions that apply to your
Visas can be obtained through proper application from any embassy
of the People's Republic of China or consular office empowered to
grant visas. Single entry visas for China are valid for 30 days.
Double entry and multiple entry visas (valid for 3 or 6 months) are
The Three Gorges region is protected by mountains to the north
and enjoys a humid subtropical climate. Spring (March to May) is
mild with occasional light rains. Summer (June to September) is hot
and humid, while Autumn (October to November) is milder and drier.
Winter (December to February) is cool, but please note that the
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is not in operation during this
For up to date information on the latest health and vaccination
recommendations, please contact your local health practitioner.
220 volts/50 cycles. If purchasing an adaptor make sure it has
different plug sizes as they vary from city to city in China.
When in China, dress for comfort and with consideration for the
local population's penchant for modesty. Pack lightweight cottons
for summer, and prepare for weather extremes in spring and autumn.
Layers are a good idea, as is a light raincoat. Smart casuals or
jacket and tie are appropriate for the Captain's Welcome Reception
and Farewell Dinner. Shore excursions entail a great deal of
walking, so sensible and comfortable footwear is essential.