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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
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+44 1756 706500

Cruise the Far East - Hong Kong and China

Visit Shanghai and Beijing to see the modern China, and explore Hong Kong with its interesting colonial legacy

A river cruise tour combining Shanghai, the Yangtze and the Three Gorges Dam is often linked with a stay in Chinese capital Beijing and inland visits to sights such as the Terracotta warriors at Xi'an. The main sea ports for Shanghai and Beijing are some distance from the cities but may be combined with a call at fascinating Hong Kong. Our Cruise Collection below shows the various options.

  • Hong Kong from The Peak
  • Beijing Forbidden City
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Yangtze Gorges
  • Panda at Chongqing
  • Yangtze River
  • Hong Kong Tram
  • Beijing Temple of Heaven

About Hong Kong and China Cruises

Flying in to Shanghai Airport take the Maglev bullet train for a 250mph experience into the city. Cruises on the Yangtze river often start with a stay in Shanghai before sailing the Three Gorges section and visiting the amazing dam. Depending on itinerary, these tours can feature the main sights of China, often finishing in Beijing with visits to Tiananmen Square and the Geat Wall. See our guide to Yangtze River Cruises and China Land Tours for more information.

The mouth of the River Yangtze is south of Shanghai, but smaller ships can cruise up the Huangpu River to moor opposite the tall TV Tower and the skyscrapers of the Pudong financial district. Nearby is the famous Bund with a waterside walk on one side and historic buildings dating back to British influence on the other. Pedestrianised Nanjing Road in Shanghai's bustling centre is a shopper's paradise with all types of stores and wares. Quieter is the Old Town and the Yuyuan Garden, a fully restored Chinese classical garden. The old French quarter has interesting buildings.

Home of the 2008 Olympics, Beijing has been the cultural centre of China for over 800 years. It is notable for the walled Forbidden City with its grand palace of 9,999 rooms and the huge Tiananmen Square, scene of many historic events. Attractions include the Imperial Summer Palace with its lakeside Chinese gardens, and a must-do excursion to the Great Wall of China snaking across valleys and hills into the distance. Sea cruises call at the Xingang cruise terminal in Tianjin, some 85 miles from Beijing.

Hong Kong has been part of China since 1997, but place names such as Aberdeen and Stanley reflect the former British rule. Sail into the busy harbour, perhaps mooring at the Ocean Terminal in Kowloon. Next to the Star Ferry, it is a short trip across the harbour to the famous skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island. Kowloon itself has superb shopping. Its waterfront is a good place to watch the nightly 'Symphony of Lights' with laser displays from the financial centre buildings across the harbour.

Overlooking the harbour is the Peak, a superb vantage point, best reached by the historic tramway up a steep incline. The compact shopping centre is easy to stroll around, or take a colourful tram. See stalls and shops at Hollywood Road and the nearby Man Mo temple. If time, go out of town to Aberdeen and its floating restaurants or Stanley and its market.

From Hong Kong or Beijing a sea cruise may call at Keelung, the port for Taiwan's capital Taipei, home to Taipei101, until recently the world's tallest building. See reminders at the Martyr's Shrine and Memorial Hall of Chiang Kai-shek and the democracy struggles. A sea cruise may also visit Naha on Okinawa island for a taste of Japan and reminders of the Battle of Okinawa. The World Heritage site of Shurijo Castle is a highlight of Naha.

Shanghai Oriental Pearl tower Forbidden City, Beijing Hong Kong at night Great Wall of China on a Chinese holiday

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Hong Kong and China

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  • Grand Tour of China

    15 Nights - Shanghai and back

    Riviera Travel Ship - Century Sun Century Sun

    Discover China's iconic sights, from the magnificent Forbidden City in Beijing to the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an and and the endangered Giant Pandas at Chengdu Zoo, and enjoy a 2-night cruise along the mighty Yangtze on the luxurious Century Sun, on this superb cruise and land tour, with return flights from the UK 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct

    Grand Tour of China Fly Cruise Package
    From £2799pp
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  • Imperial China

    13 Nights - Beijing to Shanghai

    Travelmarvel by APT Ship - Victoria Anna Choice of Ships

    Superb value APT Travelmarvel holiday combining 4-nights on the mighty Yangtze and hotel stays in Beijing, Xi’an, Wuzhen and Shanghai. Includes excursions and flights from the UK 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    Second passenger flies free - save up to £1200 per couple!

    Imperial China – Yangtze River Cruise and Land Tour Fly Cruise Package
    From £2970pp
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  • Imperial Jewels of China

    13 Nights - Shanghai to Beijing

    Viking River Cruises Ship - MS Viking Emerald MS Viking Emerald

    A superb Yangtze River cruise and land tour combining hotel stays in the magnificent cities of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing with a Yangtze River cruise through the spectacular Three Gorges. Includes travel package from the UK, transfers and excursions 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    Imperial Jewels of China Fly Cruise Package
    From £3395pp
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  • Best of China

    13 Nights - Beijing to Shanghai

    APT Ship - Yangzi Explorer Yangzi Explorer

    This superb holiday includes 4-nights on the mighty Yangtze and hotel stays in the spectacular cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Includes travel package from the UK, drinks with meals on board and exclusive benefits including Freedom of Choice Touring and signature experiences 2017 - May, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Free flights - save up to £2400 per couple!

    Best of China – Yangtze River Cruise and Land Tour Fly Cruise Package
    From £3745pp
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  • Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

    15 Nights - Bangkok to Hong Kong

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Spirit Viking Spirit

    Meet the locals, immerse yourself in the culture of Indochina and explore floating markets and sacred temples on this superb cruise from Thailand to Cambodia, Vietnam and China. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Sep, Nov
    2019 - Apr
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    Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Fly Cruise Package
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  • Capitals of the Far East

    15 Nights - Hong Kong to Beijing

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Spirit Viking Spirit

    Experience the fascinating history and culture of East Asia, from colourful Hong Kong to the mysteries of Taiwan, the ancient city of Seoul and the Great Wall of China. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Oct
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    Capitals of the Far East Fly Cruise Package
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  • Hong Kong to Vietnam and Thailand

    14 Nights - Hong Kong to Singapore

    Silversea Ship - Silver Shadow Silver Shadow

    Enjoy a 14-night cruise on board luxurious ship Silver Shadow, exploring the treasures of Vietnam and Thailand. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks and pre-paid gratuities 2017 - Nov
    Pay in full by 2 May 2017 and save 10%!

    Hong Kong to Vietnam and Thailand Cruise Only
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  • Accent on China and Japan

    14 Nights - Incheon to Tokyo

    Crystal Cruises Ship - Crystal Symphony Crystal Symphony

    This unique 14-night Asian adventure on luxury ship Crystal Symphony includes a two-night hotel stay in lively Beijing, a maiden call in Takamatsu in Japan, and overnight stops in the fascinating cities of Hiroshima and Tokyo, with special guest, renowned chef Martin Yan

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  • Imperial Grandeur

    15 Nights - Hong Kong to Shanghai

    Oceania Ship - Nautica Nautica

    Journey from Hong Kong to Shanghai and relive the greatest dynasties of China and Japan, from bustling Beijing to the tranquil island of Okinawa.

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  • Hong Kong and China Highlights


    Tianjin is the port for Beijing and its many attractions. At the heart of Beijing is the Forbidden City, which is more than five centuries old and has 9,999 refurbished rooms. Around Tiananmen Square are Mao's Mausoleum, the ornate Heavenly Peace Gate and the Qianmen, or Front Gate. Visits can be made to the Great Wall of China and the Sacred Way ' leading to Ming Dynasty tombs - from Beijing.

    Beijing (Tianjin, China)


    Fuzhou lies on the Min River. The city is 2000 years old, and ancient buildings stand alongside soaring skyscrapers, surrounded by the Fu Mountains. It is also known as Banyan City for the many banyan trees planted between the 10th and 13th centuries. The tiered structures of the Black and the White pagodas face each other across the city, which has several hot springs and a reputation for gourmet food.


    Taiwan's capital, Taipei is served by the busy container port of Keelung. It has several interesting old forts including Gongzih Liao and Baimiwong, and a colourful fish market at Kanziding. Outside the ornate Dianji temple are snack stalls selling Maiokou, and swimmers can visit the long coastal stretch at Waimu Shan seashore, made up of cliffs, beaches and a swimming pool, or go to picturesque Heping Island, attached by bridge to Keelung.


    Shanghai port sits at the head of the Yangtze and Huangpu Rivers. To the south is Hangzhou Bay where a spectacular 20-mile-long bridge connects Shanghai to its offshore deep-water port. Shanghai has many attractions, including the shops along Nanjing Road, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the superb Ming Dynasty landscape of Jichang Garden. Art Deco and colonial buildings can be found in the waterfront Bund District, with views of the Pearl Oriental TV Tower.

    Shanghai (China)


    Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and home to many famous buildings including Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building, the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek and the magnificent Dalongdong Baoan Temple. With Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, Taipei has a fascinating mix of cultures.

    Taipei (Taiwan)