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A Fascinating History

China and Japan are two nations that boast a fascinating history yet find themselves very much at the heart of an ever-changing and fast-paced 21st Century world. Timeless traditions blend with modern sensibilities while ancient sights sit shoulder-to-shoulder with glittering skyscrapers and modern transport systems that put the rest of the developed world to shame.  

China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline. The capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial centre. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east to west across the country’s north.

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TIMELESS TRADITIONS BLEND WITH MODERN SENSIBILITIES

Ancient sights sit shoulder-to-shoulder with glittering skyscrapers

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture.  

Enjoy a voyage of discovery to a dramatically different world where an oriental ambience, unique to the exotic East, pervades everyday life.  

Japan, the land of the rising sun, is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. It is home to both cutting-edge technology and ancient traditions. In Tokyo, enjoy the super-efficient metro, shop for high tech gadgets and be dazzled by the neon lights. Or step away and experience the beauty the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or a traditional tea ceremony in one of Tokyo’s teahouses.  

Other highlights of your Japan Cruise include Mount Fuji, the snow-capped volcano that is a World Heritage Site. And, further round the coast, visit the atmospheric Nagasaki Peace Park, a moving memorial to the awful events at the end of the Second World War. And there is so much more, from cherry blossom in spring to the joys of sushi to the ancient temples and the traditions that include Geisha girls and samurai warriors. Get the full Japanese experience on your next Celebrity cruise.  

If you’re looking for adventure, China is a location steeped in fascinating history. Chinese culture is so unique, and what better way to explore this captivating country than by cruise ship? You can explore this land of exotic culture and ancient history through a range of luxurious and affordable China cruises.  

China is a huge country with a diverse variety of wonders to visit, many of which have to be seen to be believed. From the dominating skyscrapers of Shanghai and Hong Kong to the marvels of the Terracotta Warriors in Beijing – China has it all!  

Of course, you can’t visit China without walking along its most famous landmark – The Great Wall of China. Just the sheer scale of this world wonder will take your breath away. This isn’t the only landmark in China though, as the country is immersed in much cultural antiquity. Treat your taste buds to one of the many delicacies in the tradition food markets. You can even be adventurous and try snacks such as deep-fried grasshopper – it might seem strange to the Western palate, but millions of people enjoy this nutritious delicacy every day. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

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