China's vast maritime territory encompasses
the Bohai, Yellow and East China seas in the east
and the South China Sea in the south. While the
Bohai Sea nestles in the arms of the mainland,
the Yellow, East China and South China seas are
linked with the Pacific Ocean. The country's long
and winding coastline is clustered with harbors,
such as Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Yantai,
Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Dalian, Beihai, and Hong
Kong. All these harbors are set in beautiful surroundings,
and operate global cruises which bring the travelers
to the world's famous seaboard cities.
International Maritime Shipping
The New Jianzhen, a luxury passenger
and cargo liner operated by the Sino-Japanese
International Ferry Company, sails once a week
from Shanghai to Japan's Kobe, Osaka and Yokohama
- with a one-way trip lasting for about 45 hours.
The Yanjing is a passenger liner run
by the Jinshen Steamboat Company which shuttles
once a week between Tianjin and Kobe. The Daren
passenger and cargo liner owned by the Daren Steamboat
Company of Dalian sails twice a week between Dalian
and Inchon of the Republic of Korea, with a one-way
trip taking 15 hours.
Operated by the Weihaiwei Eastern
Shipping Company, two luxury passenger liners,
the Xinjinqiao and Xiangxuelan, sail three times
a week from Weihai and Qingdao respectively to
Inchon. A one-way trip along either route lasts
for 14 hours.
Domestic Ocean Line
China's port cities are linked
to each other by a labyrinth of maritime shipping
lines. The most important of these are the Shanghai-Dalian,
Dalian-Tianjin, Dalian-Yantai, Shanghai-Qingdao,
Shanghai-Guangzhou, Beihai-Guangzhou, Shenzhen-Zhuhai,
and Zhuhai-Hong Kong lines.
Sailing along these well-arranged
domestic maritime shipping lines are many luxury
cruises and passenger liners.
The continent of China is criss-crossed
by rivers 226,800 km in aggregate length, and
136,000 km of these have been opened up for inland
Better-known inland waterways
- The 146.6-km Suzhou-Hangzhou section
of the Grand Canal, enabling the passenger to
feast his eye on the natural beauty of this
water-bound land south of the Yangtze River.
- The Grand Canal-Yangtze-Lake Taihu
route, providing a most idyllic traveling experience
for the passenger, who is also able to savour
freshwater delicacies right on board a ship.
- The 83-kin-long Guilin-Yangshuo
route, which runs through the postcard-perfect
scenery along the major section of the celebrated
- The Shanghai-Chongqing navigational
line along the Yangtze River, extending for
2,399 kilometers. On a given day the waters
of the Yangtze River Three Gorges are plied
by more than 50 luxury tourist cruises sailing
along this line. Star-rated by the China National
Tourism Administration, these pleasure cruises
are operated by international travel services
or cruise companies, responsible for oversea
publicity and group reservations.
- The waterway from Guangzhou to
Gulping (Guangxi) along the Xijiang River, offers
regular passenger liners that shuttle between
three national scenic resorts: Guilin, Lijiang
- In northeast China, passenger ships
sail from Harbin up the Songhuajiang River to
Qiqihar or downstream to Jiamusi, Tongjiang,
and Khabarovsk (Russia). Both lines meander
their way through some of the most amazing scenic
spots of the great northeast.