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.