Unmask China’s millennia-old culture and customs on an Asia cruise with Holland America Line. Bustling Xingang opens the door to Beijing and its Forbidden City; China’s capital is also a short train ride from Tianjin, although the cruise port boasts its own treasures like the Confucius Temple. Witness Shanghai’s dynamic skyline from the sea, then “float” above it on the futuristic Maglev train. Sip pale lager at the Tasingtao Brewery in Quingdao, and meet a local family in their Dalian home.

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Xingang (Beijing), China

When it comes to culture and history, few cities compete with Beijing, located to the northeast of the port of Xingang. Its Forbidden City is unparalleled: The massive complex is home to the Palace Museum with nearly 1 million Chinese antiquities. At the Summer Palace, you can stroll covered walkways that were stormed during the second Opium War and the Boxer Rebellion. At the Temple of Heaven you will witness locals making offerings and, in the surrounding park, practicing tai chi and flying kites. The Great Wall is a true wonder of the world stretching for a whopping 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles).

Shanghai, China

Shanghai is one of Asia’s most dynamic cities, and one of juxtapositions. It’s divided in two by the Huangpu River—to the west is Puxi and to the east Pudong. Puxi is the city’s downtown and its historic center; it’s here that much of the shopping, dining and nightlife is concentrated.
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Tianjin (Beijing), China

Few cities can compete with China’s capital, Beijing, roughly two hours north of the port of Tianjin. Its Forbidden City is unparalleled, home to the Palace Museum and its collection of Chinese antiquities. At the Summer Palace, stroll the same covered walkways that emperors did, and in the large park that surrounds the Temple of Heaven, see locals practicing tai chi and flying kites. And, of course, there is the Great Wall, a true wonder of the world.

Tianjin has a number of important sights of its own, including the Confucius Temple, the Tianjin Museum and the Shi Family Mansion.

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