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Hong Kong and China Cruises

Hong Kong and China Cruises

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.

Cruise Collection 2020 / 2021

  • Imperial Jewels of China

    Viking River Cruises
    Chinese lanterns 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £3545pp FREE one-way Business Class flight!

    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

  • Highlights of China and the Yangtze

    Forbidden City, Bejing 12 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4349pp Save up to 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    This incredible luxury cruise and land tour is a journey through thousands of years of Chinese culture and history, and combines a cruise along the mighty Yangtze River with hotel stays in the spellbinding cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. Includes return flights from the UK

  • Best of China

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Forbidden City, Beijing 13 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £5895pp Fly Free!

    This luxury 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

  • Far Eastern Discoveries in the Spring

    Regent Seven Seas
    Kyoto Daigoji Temple, Japan 12 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £7899pp FREE 3-Night Land Programme!

    Discover dynamic cities, pristine beaches, ancient temples and natural wonders on this spectacular 12-night cruise through China, Taiwan and Japan. Including return flights from the UK, overseas transfers and unlimited shore excursions.

  • Grand Tour of China

    Riviera Travel
    Forbidden City, Beijing 15 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2799pp
  • Accent on China and Japan

    Crystal Cruises
    Hong Kong 15 Nights Cruise Only from £4303pp Save £2049pp!
  • Roof of the World

    Viking River Cruises
    Summer Palace, Beijing 18 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4795pp FREE one-way Business Class flight!
  • Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Bangkok 15 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £5290pp Gratuities Included!
  • Far East Horizons

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Hong Kong 15 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £6290pp Gratuities Included!
  • Tropical Asia

    Regent Seven Seas
    Hong Kong 13 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £6499pp FREE 3-Night pre or post-cruise extension in Hong Kong!
  • China and Tibetan Discovery

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Forbidden City, Beijing 17 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £6895pp Fly Free!
  • 15-night Springtime In Asia Voyage

    Hong Kong 16 Nights Cruise Only from £2446pp Save up to 40%!
  • 16-night Tokyo To Singapore Voyage

    Hong Kong 16 Nights Cruise Only from £2538pp Save up to 40%!
  • 14-Day Gems Of The South China Sea

    Seabourn Cruise Line
    Hong Kong 14 Nights Cruise Only from £5699pp
  • 14-Day Holiday Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

    Seabourn Cruise Line
    Ha Long Bay 14 Nights Cruise Only from £6999pp

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

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)