From world-famous landmarks to mouthwatering Peking duck dishes, Beijing (the second largest city in China), is a must-visit Asian destination for any seasoned travelers’ bucket list. With easy-to-use public transportation, fabulous local cuisine, and a popularity for overnight port stays, you certainly don’t want to miss your chance to explore this legendary city.
Currently, only Royal Caribbean, Uniworld River Cruises, and Viking Ocean Cruises offer cruises from Beijing. Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas does a number of roundtrip cruises from Beijing (ranging from 4- to 12-nights). Deluxe cruise line Viking Ocean features a 14- and 28-night sailing onboard Viking Orion, which will take you from Beijing to either Hong Kong or Tokyo. If you are looking to take a river cruise from Beijing, look no further than Uniworld River Cruises. Uniworld’s Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers 10- to 19-night cruises along the Yangtze River, while you enjoy all-inclusive benefits (additional restrictions may apply). A great time to visit Beijing is between March and May or September to October, when you can enjoy the best weather and scenery.
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Beijing, along with a brief description:
♦ Local Cuisine
Foodies will love indulging in Beijing’s local cuisine scene before or after their cruise (or during an overnight stay). Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining experience, authentic street food, or something in between, you will find it in Beijing. Aside from the famous Peking duck, you will find all sorts of choices from dumplings to regional barbecue, to noodles and spring rolls and more!
♦ The Great Wall of China
No trip to China is complete without checking out one its legendary landmarks, the Great Wall! The Great Wall stretches for miles, and its Badaling section is the closet to Beijing. You can choose to explore sections of the wall by foot or via cable car. Most cruise lines offer shore excursions to the Great Wall. Alternatively, you can opt to book a private tour.
When and if you grow tired of the hustling city life, you’ve got the chance to escape to old-world Beijing in the Hutongs. This is where you can witness what life was like in ancient times. A self-guided tour gives you the opportunity to see locals in action. From local residents spending time together to hole-in-the-wall eateries and kids playing in the street, you will definitely feel like you’ve traveled back in time. The Hutongs are a great way to get in some active exercise while taking in local culture.
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