16 Day The Dragon Heart of China & Yangtze (2015)

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Yangtze Cruise
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Victoria AnnaChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
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Inaugurated in 2006 and renovated in 2010, the Victoria Anna sets the standard for fine luxury river cruising, not just in China, but throughout the world. Upon completion in spring 2013 after the scheduled rebuilt, Victoria Anna will lead the Yangtze cruise being the first boutique ship on the river, offering a luxury cruise experience.

Recognized as the leader of the Yangtze River cruise, Victoria Cruises, the only American cruise company on the River, distinguishes itself from all other Chinese cruise lines with its superlative services, top dining experience, enrichment lectures, shipboard activities and shore excursions.

While all other cruise lines on the Yangtze are competing by building bigger ships, Victoria Cruises reinvented the river cruise with its philosophy of small ship, boutique ship, enhanced by its exclusive Executive Deck Program.

Over the past few years, China Spree has been working with all major cruise lines on the Yangtze for our China cruise tour programs. Forming the strategic partnership with Victoria Cruises for our 2013 sailing season, China Spree cruise tours 2013 feature quality boutique ship cruise experiences with improved onboard services, food and shore excursions, enhanced by the included Executive Deck Program, with full privileges at Executive Lounge. These Executive Deck Program features includes A La Carte dinning, complimentary beverage package, free laundry, complimentary WiFi, and other privileges that were initially designed exclusively for travelers on suite accommodations. Now, however, these excellent comforts are available for China Spree travelers as well.

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China Cruise Tours: Victoria Anna

The most elegant and special vessel in Victoria Cruises fleet, Victoria Anna encompasses five decks of sheer elegance highlighted by a rich tapestry of colors, gleaming woods, sparkling chandeliers, and American and European influences with Asian accents. The ship is also one of the most technologically advanced river cruise ships in the world.

Victoria Anna is the first Victoria Cruises' vessel to feature two separate kitchens and an à la carte dining room with western menus introduced by Chef Walter Staib. The five-star cruise line introduced its Executive Deck program and its goal–in addition to providing a refreshing new look and enhanced amenities such as concierge service–is a major leap forward for its culinary program.

Passengers aboard the Victoria Anna enjoy the most elaborate culinary program on the Yangtze, as the ship's chefs are trained by award-winning Philadelphia-based Concepts By Staib, to prepare high-quality Western dishes in addition to authentic Chinese delicacies. The Dynasty Dining Room offers the most seating, while the upper deck VIP Club restaurant offers a la carte dining, as well as omelet & egg stations for breakfast, noodle and sandwiching stations for lunch, and Carving and Peking Duck stations for lunch or dinner (varies by day).

The Victoria Anna also features a lecture room, library/reading room, cocktail lounge, beauty parlor and mini-spa, gift shop, spacious observation deck, business center, health clinic, lavish atrium lobby and two elevators for guests' convenience. In addition to onboard activities such as Tai Chi lessons, the Yangtze Club offers a host of invigorating nightly entertainment options as well as computer terminals for Internet access. Passengers traveling with their own laptops can also rent Wireless 3G USB modems through which they can use to access the internet from most areas of the ship.

The scheduled Victoria Anna ship refurbishments in spring 2013 will include upgraded interiors and enticing enhancements that include a new lobby and public areas.

Elegant in design and style, Victoria Anna is setting new standards in service, food, and comfort of boutique ship river cruise. Discover China's greatest river and savor the ambience usually found only on small boutique ships.     Read more >>

Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial StreetChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
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Find yourself at the center of one of the world's most vibrant financial districts, the Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street is the ultimate luxury destination for travelers seeking to enjoy the many treasures of this timelessly beautiful city - the vibrant, cultural, educational and political capital of mainland China.

The sparkling, modern glass and chrome exterior never fail to impress, while the interior exudes elegance and warm hospitality with traditional Chinese elements. From its ideal location in the heart of the thriving financial district in Beijing, The Ritz-Carlton offers business and leisure travelers a memorable trip to China's capital city.

The hotel features Free Wi-Fi in lobby and public area.

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Portman Ritz-Carlton ShanghaiChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
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Stroll down the famous Nanjing Road, past the magnificent Bund buildings and restored architectural icons, to a place where the traditions of the past intersect with the ultra-modern. Here, in the heart of Shanghai, you'll find The Portman Ritz-Carlton hotel Shanghai - a timeless symbol of luxury, perfectly at home in a constantly changing metropolis.

A distinctive landmark of Shanghai, the Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel features 610 luxurious guest rooms and suites with convenient access to world-class shopping, cultural opportunities and entertainment. This award winning hotel has been the pinnacle of luxury travel in Shanghai for over a decade.

Setting the standard for hotels in Shanghai, The Portman Ritz-Carlton features:

  • 610 well-appointed guest rooms and suites
  • 6 restaurants and lounges serving Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Western favorites
  • An extensive health club with swimming pool, gym, squash and racquetball courts
  • Convenient access to world-class shopping, cultural opportunities and entertainment
  • Shangri-La Hotel XianChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
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    Shangri-La Hotel, Xian has the very best of the city right on its doorstep, from leading multi-national businesses to the finest in shopping and entertainment. The hotel is just a 30-minute drive from Xian International Airport, and is within easy reach of many top tourist attractions, including the Terracotta Warriors Museum and Xian's breathtaking city walls.

    The hotel's 386 guest rooms and suites set a new standard for deluxe accommodation in Xian. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer picturesque views of the city and the hotel's landscaped gardens. Each room's contemporary design also includes complimentary wired or wireless broadband Internet access, ensuring that guests stay connected around the clock. The 57-square-metres Premier Rooms are the largest hotel rooms in Xian.

    The Shangri-La Hotel, Xian offers four trendsetting designer restaurants and features the largest and most sophisticated meeting and banqueting facilities in Xian. And with luxurious spa treatments and a fully equipped health club with heated pool, it's the perfect place to soothe mind, body and soul.

    Whether you're travelling on business or for pleasure, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian offers exceptional levels of hospitality to further enhance your enjoyment of this magnificent destination. It is this compelling experience that separates the hotel from other Xian China hotels.

    Shangri-La Hotel Xian offers the most impressive range of dining options in Xian. Hotel restaurant options provide the choice of indulging in Cantonese, Japanese and European cuisines in a contemporary setting. Our four trend-setting designer bars and restaurants are to see and be seen in and where some of the best celebrated Chefs showcase their culinary magic, purely for your indulgence.

    Lounges & Bars
    Lobby Lounge provides the perfect setting to adjourn to, for a private getaway, relaxation or just that important business discussion. An ideal spot for afternoon tea and evening cocktails, with floor to ceiling windows, engaging views and nightly live entertainment.

    Siam Garden
    Serving the finest traditional Thai cuisine in Xian, prepared by our Thai Master Chef, Siam Garden offers the very best for the discerning diner.

    Tian Xiang Ge
    Authentic Cantonese cuisine ranging from traditional dim sum to freshly homemade noodles. Tian Xiang Ge also serves famous dishes from other regions of China and local Xian specialities. For those who prefer privacy, the restaurant features its own modern and traditional private Chinese dining rooms.

    Yi Cafe
    Yi Cafe is an international culinary journey, where the entire kitchen is a stage featuring show kitchens set in a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The walk-through market style design, with gourmet showcases and spectacular live cooking stations presents cuisines from China, Southeast Asia, Japan and Europe. It offers a fabulous dining experience offering a vast array of flavors, uniquely combined in one concept. A perfect spot to relax after sightseeing, a busy working day or simply just to meet friends.

    The hotel features Free high speed internet access in hotel room, and Free Wi-Fi in lobby.
    Shangri-La Hotel, GuilinChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
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    Guilin's newest international five-star luxury hotel, the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin sets new standards for luxury and service in this remarkable city. Click Hotel Link

    Overlooking the picturesque Li River, the 449-room Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin is ideally located for both business and pleasure. Guilin's leading tourist attractions, including Diecai Mountain and the city's charming pedestrian tourist area, are all easily accessible. For business travellers, both the city centre and the International Exhibition and Conference Centre are less than 10 minutes' drive away.

    Starting at a spacious 42 square metres (452 square feet), the hotel's guest rooms are the largest in Guilin, and Executive River View Rooms have outdoor terraces. Suites at the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin, offer some of the largest and most luxurious accommodations in the city.

    With some of the finest restaurants and bars in the region, Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin offers a sensational culinary experience. From elegant cocktails and fine dining to casual poolside snacks, the hotel's restaurants and bars provide a great venue for any occasion.

    With the finest restaurants and bars in Guilin, dining at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin is a culinary experience to savour. From elegant cocktails and fine dining to casual poolside snacks, the hotel's restaurants and bars provide a venue for any occasion. The signature Shang Palace features a menu of the finest Cantonese, Hunanese, Huaiyang and Guilin delicacies, while Li Cafe offers a wide selection of international cuisine in a contemporary and relaxed setting.

    The signature Shang Palace features a menu of the finest Cantonese, Hunanese, Huaiyang and Guilin delicacies. This outstanding restaurant also offers eight luxurious, individual private dining rooms, which are ideal for an intimate meal with family and friends, or formal business entertaining.

    Li Cafe: This all-day dining restaurant is located on Level 1, and offers a modern, relaxed and comfortable environment. Five live cooking stations, including tandoori and teppanyaki, showcase the best of international cooking styles. Li Cafe serves daily breakfast and dinner buffets, as well as a full a la carte menu of Asian and international favourites, all of which can be enjoyed while diners gaze out across the hotel's spectacular outside terrace. It also offers 24-hour room service.

    U Bar at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin is the best bar & grill in the city, offering the widest variety of beers and the most authentic western grill in town, making it "the" place to be. The Chinese character for "U" means "relaxed, free and easy", which is exactly how this outlet is designed to make guests feel.

    Health & Leisure
    Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin offers a comprehensive range of recreational facilities to keep guests on their feet. These include a fully equipped gymnasium, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with separate children's pools. Guests may also enjoy a game of tennis at our two fully lit open-air tennis courts. If your idea of fitness is of a more subtle nature, you can adjourn to our Jacuzzi and sauna facilities.

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