Victoria Cruises will be reinstating Shibaozhai, often referred to as “The Pearl of the Yangtze,” a 12-storey wooden pagoda in Zhong, as a regular shore excursion.
The docking facilities at Shibaozhai are currently being extended with an anticipated completion date before the end of 2014, prompting the decision from Victoria Cruises executives.
Shibaozhai is known for its impressive wooden pagoda, an architectural marvel which was built without a single nail. Its famous red pavilion leans up against a stone cliff for support and dates back to the 18th century.
Shibaozhai will replace the Fengdu excursion on day two of downstream cruises and day four of upstream cruises for Victoria Cruises’ popular Three Gorges Highlights itinerary.
Shibaozhai will be featured in Victoria Cruises’ standard excursion package for its Three Gorges Highlights program throughout 2015. Priced from $90 per person, the excursion package also includes an educational tour of the Three Gorges Dam site and a small boat experience through Goddess Stream, one of the Yangtze’s scenic tributaries.
Optional excursions are available starting at $42 per person and may include a Fengdu, Tribe of the Three Gorges (only available on upstream cruises) and White Emperor City.