Travelling to China

China 3


Time Zone



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.


Money Matters

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:


flight acces & transfer details


Both Chongqing and Yichang can be reached by domestic flights via major cities in China including Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

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 country.

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 also available.




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 season. 




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.