China tour

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with us kids com­pet­ing to tug whis­tle cords, twist brake levers and open reg­u­la­tors. Ev­ery op­er­a­tion, via an in­ge­nious elec­tronic wiz­ardry, pro­duces the ap­pro­pri­ate steam lo­co­mo­tive sound. Mag­nif­i­cent.

The Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Mu­seum is owned by West Ja­pan Rail­way Com­pany and op­er­ated by the Cul­ture Pro­mo­tion Foun­da­tion. En­try is 400 yen (about NZ $6). It is closed on Mon­days.

A 13-night Yangtze River package, from $5035 a per­son, with Christchurch re­turn air­fares, is avail­able from House of Travel. It in­cludes a 10 per cent sav­ings on land tour­ing. Flights are with Air New Zealand from Christchurch to Shang­hai re­turn­ing from Bei­jing. In­cluded are nine nights in 41⁄ star ac­com­mo­da­tion, four nights on board a five-star Yangtze Cruise, break­fast daily, 12 lunches, seven din­ners, three evening cul­tural shows, sight­see­ing and en­trance fees, re­turn air­port trans­fers, domestic air­fares within China and pro­fes­sional English-speak­ing tour guides. Sales till March 28 for de­par­tures on June 6 and 13 and Au­gust 15. Phone 0800 838 747 or visit house­of­travel.co.nz.

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