Itinerary Hero

3 night ultimate indulgence

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Day 1


This evening, board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Yichang. After settling into your cabin, the ship will set sail on its downstream course through the Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometres (402 miles) and is considered by most Chinese to represent the single most scenic area in all of China.

Optional: Embarkation dinner (additional charge)

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


Start your morning with an early bird tea or coffee and a traditional Tai Chi lesson, led by our certified Tai Chi Master and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast.

Today, choose between a visit to an intriguing, secret project, hidden in the mountains of Fuling - The 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum and a local market tour.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 3



Early this morning the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer will enter Qutang Gorge. After breakfast, enter the Wu Gorge and then cruise the Shennong Stream. Disembark from the ship at Badong and board a ferry to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen. After lunch, view the Xiling Gorge and attend one of our lectures or demonstrations or simply relax at our spa with an Aromasoul Dream Spa treatment (we recommend booknig in advance). 

Enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea or "Bird Cage" theme afternoon tea in your suite. Tonight there will be "A Taste of China" farewell dinner before the option of a photo session in your suite.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 4



After breakfast, you will arrive at 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. The dam spans 1.2 miles in width and 600 feet in height, and is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. The dam's 32 generators will generate enough clean energy to reduce China's reliance on coal. However the project has also caused much controversy, due to submerging 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages, over 600 industrial factories and more than 1,200 archaeological projects, as well as resettling 1.2 million people as a result of the flooding.

Disembark the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer at around midday for you onward journey.