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.
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
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 navigation.
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 Lijiang River.
- 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 and Zhaoqing.
- 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