Urban China can be a shocking experience.
In Beijing, one not only smells but tastes the air--the pollution is that thick.
Shanghai looks like a set from a Ridley Scott sci fi thriller, jammed, as it is, with so many dozens of massive and modernistic glass towers one expects to see space ships zooming between them.
Even smaller cities like Xian or Chongquing offer such an overload of bustle, crowds, noises and smells that they make the visitor's pulse race.
The cities of China are an unmissable, electric and edifying experience for the traveler. It is exciting and exhausting.
And the life on board ship? It's just as happily drowsy, consisting of lectures on Chinese medicine and language, talent shows, and teas.
The experience is not for everyone, but as I said, it does make for a relaxing break from the bustle of the usual China tour. And this summer, these floats are going to be unusually affordable, thanks to a promotion being offerred by Victoria Cruises.
The company that pioneered Chinese River Cruising has recently announced a two-for-the-price-of-one deal on all sailings between June 20 and August 31. The promotion is for superior cabins only (which cost $880 per person usually), and will apply to new bookings exclusively. To learn more click on the link above.
Everyone should visit China sometime in their life. Perhaps this discount will encourage some to do it sooner rather than later.