Cruising on China’s great rivers is a wonderful way to discover life in rural communities, away from the bright lights of the cities. You can reach far-flung areas of the country that are otherwise inaccessible.
Yangtze river cruises make for longer itineraries, due to the size and length of the river. It flows all the way from the Tibetan plateau to Shanghai, and has provided a major trading and transport route for thousands of years.
The Li river is shorter, emerging just north of Guilin and entering the sea in Guangzhou. The section between Guilin and Yangshuo is particularly scenic and makes for a pleasant day trip.
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We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.