In March, 2013, a hearty group of adventurers embarked on a whirlwind tour of China run by Viking River Cruises called "Imperial Jewels of China." They travelled from Shanghai to Beijing, including stops in Wuhan, a bustling metropolis in the middle of the country, and Xian, China's former capitol for more than three thousand years. They got around by means of three separate plane rides across thousands of miles. They cruised the Yangtze River for six days, taking in the sights and sounds of a rural China in sharp contrast to its huge, modern cosmopolitan cities. They visited a third grade class, celebrated a couple's wedding, toured the greatest engineering project in the world, - the Three Gorges Dam - visited museums, experienced Chinese opera, ate an uncountable number of ten-course traditional dinners, visited an "army" of two-thousand-year old clay warriors - each one unique - with their horses, chariots and implements of war. They walked heavily-guarded Tiananmen Square, entered the Forbidden City, and climbed the steepest slopes of the Great Wall of China. This is their journey.

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