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Quar­ter. In the evening, en­joy a tra­di­tional Shui Jiao dumpling meal fol­lowed by a per­for­mance of Tang Dy­nasty danc­ing.

March 15: Fly to Guilin

This morn­ing is at leisure. Trans­fer to the air­port and fly to Guilin, a city at the heart of spec­tac­u­lar karst for­ma­tions of the Li River val­ley.

March 16: Li River Cruise

Em­bark on a leisurely cruise through the po­etic land­scapes of the Li River, wind­ing be­tween tow­er­ing lime­stone karst peaks and sleepy coun­try­side. Look out for weath­ered farm­ers tend­ing their fields, fish­er­men an­gling for their daily catch and wa­ter buf­falo wal­low­ing in the shal­lows, all watched over by the dra­matic ge­ol­ogy for which Yang­shuo is famed. On ar­rival in

16 days fully in­clu­sive

■ In­ter­na­tional econ­omy flights with Sin­ga­pore Air­lines from Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch. ■ All do­mes­tic trans­porta­tion in China. ■ All ac­com­mo­da­tion. ■ All meals (from break­fast on day 2). ■ Tour­ing with a na­tional ex­pert and English-speak­ing lo­cal guides. ■ Sight­see­ing and en­trance fees. ■ Visa fee and pro­cess­ing for New Zealand, Aus­tralia and United King­dom pass­port hold­ers. ■ One ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence. Yang­shuo, take some time to ex­plore be­fore driv­ing through the coun­try­side back to Guilin.

March 17: Em­bark your Yangtze River cruise

Trans­fer to Guilin air­port for your flight to Chongqing. On ar­rival, visit the Panda House and Chongqing Zoo to see China’s cel­e­brated icon up close. Ex­plore the vi­brant streets of the Old Town of Ciqikou be­fore en­joy­ing din­ner. Board your Yangtze River Cruise Ship.

March 18: Fengdu Ghost City and Cap­tain’s Re­cep­tion

Visit the im­pres­sive wooden Pagoda of Shibaozhai or the Ghost City of Fengdu. In the af­ter­noon en­joy a re­cep­tion with the cap­tain and the cruise di­rec­tor and learn

De­par­ture date:

March 9, 2018

Price:

■ $7599 per per­son (ad­di­tional charge, tip­ping RMB700 paid lo­cally). ■ Sin­gle sup­ple­ment $1400. ■ Ask about our will­ing to share op­tion.

How to book:

Call 0800 266 610 or visit wendy­wu­tours.co.nz/stuff-es­capes about life on the river.

March 19: Three Gorges and God­dess Stream

En­ter the dra­matic Three Gorges, pass­ing through Qu­tang, Wu and Xil­ing Gorges.

Later trans­fer to a smaller ves­sel for a side trip along the God­dess or Shen­nong Stream, both nar­row, clif­flined trib­u­taries of the Yangtze. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.

March 20: Three Gorges Dam

Visit the Three Gorges Dam, one of the largest en­gi­neer­ing projects in the world.

Dis­em­bark the cruise ship, drive to Wuhan and fly to Shang­hai.

March 21: Street of Eter­nal Hap­pi­ness & French Con­ces­sion

Spend the day wan­der­ing through the tree-lined streets of Shang­hai’s French Con­ces­sion, and the an­tiq­ui­ties of the Shang­hai Mu­seum.

March 22: Ex­plore Shang­hai

Visit the Yu Gar­den, a clas­si­cal ex­am­ple of Chi­nese hor­ti­cul­ture, be­fore walk­ing through Shang­hai’s old town. Walk along the Bund, learn­ing about the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of the area and ad­mir­ing the Art Deco build­ings.

View the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise fol­lowed by a farewell din­ner this evening.

March 23: Fly home

Fly to New Zealand, ar­riv­ing home the fol­low­ing day.

The Ter­ra­cotta War­riors un­cov­ered in 1974.

A panda at Chongqing.

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