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Singapore , Singapore | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) , Vietnam | Nha Trang , Vietnam | Hong Kong , China | Hong Kong , China | Shanghai (Baoshan) , China

SPECTRUM OF THE SEAS

FAR EAST FEAT

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SPECTRUM OF THE SEAS

FAR EAST FEAT

Discover a Far East adventure full of new feats and firsts on Spectrum of the Seas℠, the first of the Quantum Ultra Class ships. From high-flying virtual reality thrills in the Sky Pad℠ and custom juice drink creations crafted by robots at the Bionic Bar®, to revolutionary Golden Suites accommodations with exclusive amenities like private dining rooms, lounges and a Solarium. Not to mention karaoke performances in your own private 3D cinema in the brand new Ultimate Family Suite.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Singapore, Singapore

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

MORE SHORES IN SINGAPORE

The Singapore Cruise Centre sits near famous Sentosa Island, an entertainment complex that includes high-end restaurants and well-manicured beaches, so you might consider arriving an hour or two early to enjoy some time here before your cruise from Singapore. The cruise port is about 20 minutes from Changi Airport, and about 10 minutes from the city center.

Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Day view of the Supertree Grove of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Beautiful sunny day with the skyline of Singapore

The Singapore Cruise Centre sits near famous Sentosa Island, an entertainment complex that includes high-end restaurants and well-manicured beaches, so you might consider arriving an hour or two early to enjoy some time here before your cruise from Singapore. The cruise port is about 20 minutes from Changi Airport, and about 10 minutes from the city center.

Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Day view of the Supertree Grove of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Beautiful sunny day with the skyline of Singapore
Things To Do

in Singapore

View of the street with Masjid Sultan in the background in Singapore

Multicultural Medley

Singapore has four official languages and even more ethnicities that have influenced its culture. Discover the city's Muslim heritage at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street and its Chinese character (and food!) in Chinatown. Little India is the heart of the city's Tamil Indian community, while Kampong Glam is the epicenter of Malay-speaking Singapore.

Sculptural vegetation towers from Gardend by the Bay in Singapore

Two Sides of Nature

Singapore's tropical landscape is as diverse as its culture. The Singapore Botanic Garden (and adjoining Orchid Garden) approach horticulture from a more traditional perspective, while the spacey Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay would seem more at home in "Avatar" than an issue of "Better Homes and Gardens."

Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Head to the rooftop of the massive Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a panorama of the Singapore skyline, which is also beautiful as seen from the city's symbolic Merlion statue on the other side of the bay. Or visit a more inward-looking Singapore icon when you order an original Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.

Wantan Mee, popular street food noodles with bbq pork, in Singapore

Local Cuisine

The best way to get a cross-section of Singaporean cuisine is to visit its street vendors, or hawkers, in hubs like Tiong Bahru. Jump onboard a Singapore cruise to try Cantonese-derived wantan mee noodles, with dumplings and yellow egg noodles topped with slices of char siu pork. Snack on chai tow kway, also called carrot cake, even though it's made from rice flour and daikon radish fried with eggs in pork fat.

Colorful variety of chopsticks in a small shop in Chinatown, Singapore

Shopping

Singapore is a shopper's paradise, whether you stick to the high-end boutiques of Orchard Road or the local shops throughout the city. One way to guarantee a special souvenir during your Singapore cruise vacation is to shop in the city's ethnic neighborhoods: Seek out chopsticks and lacquerware in Chinatown or incense and South India dolls in Little India.

INSIDER TIP

Taxis in Singapore are plentiful, but locals increasingly use applications (namely, the "Grab" app) to get around. Consider downloading this before you dock in Singapore.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

Things to Do

North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck
North Star®

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

Stand in a jewel-shaped capsule that reveals breathtaking 360-degree views as you gently ascend 300 feet above sea level.

iFly instructor on Anthem in the Skydiving Tunnel, wind tunnel, skydive, skydiver, skydiving simulator, iFly by Ripcord, instructor in the Anthem ifly
RipCord® by iFLY®

GRAVITY-DEFYING FUN

Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a safe, controlled environment.

Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade
SeaPlex®

HAVE THE PLAYTIME OF YOUR LIFE

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Roller skating, basketball, bumper cars, a trapeze school— it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

FIND YOUR CHI

When you arrive, take a port shuttle into the city to explore. Head to the park Cong Vien Cang Du Lich Bach Dang, where you can catch a water bus for river tour of the city. Later, see a traditional Vietnamese bamboo dance at the Opera House. Or stroll through the Saigon Botanical Gardens, and see exotic lizards and tigers at the attached Saigon Zoo.

The Buu Long Pagoda at District 9 ornated with gold finishings on a sunny day in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Historical Ben Duoc Temple entrance with a rainbow shining over it in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
City hall with a garden and statue at the entrance of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

When you arrive, take a port shuttle into the city to explore. Head to the park Cong Vien Cang Du Lich Bach Dang, where you can catch a water bus for river tour of the city. Later, see a traditional Vietnamese bamboo dance at the Opera House. Or stroll through the Saigon Botanical Gardens, and see exotic lizards and tigers at the attached Saigon Zoo.

The Buu Long Pagoda at District 9 ornated with gold finishings on a sunny day in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Historical Ben Duoc Temple entrance with a rainbow shining over it in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
City hall with a garden and statue at the entrance of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Things To Do

in Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My)

Topiary elephant in a botanical garden, Saigon, Vietnam

Escape the Traffic

Saigon's one million motorbikes don't make for calm explorations, but you can escape the fray at the 130-year-old Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Wander the vast green park with its bonsai trees and orchid collection, and check out elephants and tigers in the zoo.

American military planes on display at Vietnam Remembrance Museum

Get a History Lesson

The War Remnants Museum in District 3 has immaculate tanks and planes outside, as well as sobering exhibits detailing the realities of the war. Note it's closed for an hour and a half starting at noon. Outside town, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn how the Viet Cong moved underground.

Bitexco Financial Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam,  view from below looking up

Architecture Old and New

See District 1's ultra-modern Bitexco Tower with its sky deck and extending helipad, or the actively used Jade Emperor Pagoda with its fertility goddess statue in District 3. Also in District 1 is the 1975 time capsule of the Reunification Palace where the Vietnam War ended when a North Vietnamese tank drove through its gate.

Traditional vietnamese noodle soups pho in bowls

Local Cuisine

Try pho in the birthplace the now-popular soup, made with a rich, long-simmered broth and flavored with cloves, cardamom and other spices. During your Vietnam cruise, feast on a banh mi sandwich, which integrates Vietnam's French colonial past with pork, pickled vegetables and herbs on a crusty baguette. Or try banh tam bi, thick noodles with pork in a coconut cream sauce.

Souvenir lacquer bowls with cover in Vietnam

Shopping

Lacquerware, in the form of bowls, trays and vases, is a popular souvenir in Vietnam. You'll see it everywhere, but head for the An Dong Market, Binh Tay Market and Ben Thanh Market. Dong Khoi Street is considered the main shopping street with a mall and the Parkson Department Store.

INSIDER TIP

Crossing the street in Vietnam is not for the timid. But just keep a steady pace with no sudden moves and traffic will weave effortlessly around you.

DAY 4 - TENDERED

Nha Trang, Vietnam

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
FIND YOUR

INNER CALM

Kick off your day at Nha Trong's Oceanographic Museum, housed in a French colonial building — see exotic underwater specimens like reef sharks, lionfish and puffers. Then, take the cable car to the Vinpearl complex on Bamboo Island for spectacular views of the bay. Make sure to allot time for oceanside relaxation: Bai Duong Beach is pleasantly quiet and offers mountain views while you wade in the turquoise waters.

Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Hon Chong cape, popular tourist destinations at Nha Trang, Vietnam
Po Nagar, temple tower, in Nha Trang

Kick off your day at Nha Trong's Oceanographic Museum, housed in a French colonial building — see exotic underwater specimens like reef sharks, lionfish and puffers. Then, take the cable car to the Vinpearl complex on Bamboo Island for spectacular views of the bay. Make sure to allot time for oceanside relaxation: Bai Duong Beach is pleasantly quiet and offers mountain views while you wade in the turquoise waters.

Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Hon Chong cape, popular tourist destinations at Nha Trang, Vietnam
Po Nagar, temple tower, in Nha Trang
Things To Do

in Nha Trang

Aerial cable car over ocean in Nha Trang, Vietnam

High in the Sky

The gondola ride over the sea leading to Vinpearl and Hon Tre, or Bamboo Island, is the world's longest. Here, you'll find the Vinpearl Amusement Park, a waterpark with a lazy river, a wave pool, an aquarium and a golf course. The cable car entrance is close to the cruise port.

Sleeping Buddha at the Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Buddha Basics

Learn about Buddhism by visiting the Hai Duc and Long Son pagodas. The latter has a giant white Buddha statue which can be seen from anywhere in Nha Trang. Look for dragons and other mythical animals in the temple designs, inside and out.

Po Ngar Cham Towers in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Rejuvenate Mind and Body

The Po Nagar Cham Towers are less than two miles north of the city. Only four of the eight towers built in the 7th to 12th centuries remain. Find your inner calm at this ancient worship site, which blends Buddhist and Hindu traditions in its statues and architecture. Then, head to the hot springs and mud baths at nearby Thap Ba to refresh your body, too.

Seafood sold on the beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Local Cuisine

Nha Trang is well-known for its excellent seafood. Locals farm lobster just offshore — have a feast on the beach or at one of the city's many restaurants. Or try the Vietnamese version of steak and eggs, bo ne, traditionally served on a hot plate for breakfast with lime and chili sauce.

Silk vietnamese scarves o fall sorts of colors

Shopping

Check out street markets like Dam or Vinh Luong. Here, you'll find souvenirs like pearl jewelry, clay pots painted with Champa designs or hand-embroidered artwork. Peruse Tran Phu Street along the beach — look for silk clothing in the form of shirts, skirts and scarves.

INSIDER TIP

Don't be surprised if you see Russian signs and menus; Nha Trang is a popular beach holiday for Russians.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Things to Do

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Hong Kong, China

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM

ASIA'S URBAN HEARTBEAT

Begin your day in Hong Kong with a vigorous hike — or a cable car ride, if you're strapped for time — up to Victoria Peak for an iconic view of the city, the harbor and (if it's clear enough) the mountains of Kowloon.

A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Ferris wheel and skyscrapers during the day in Hong Kong, China
View from a mountain top looking down at the Hong Kong skyline

Begin your day in Hong Kong with a vigorous hike — or a cable car ride, if you're strapped for time — up to Victoria Peak for an iconic view of the city, the harbor and (if it's clear enough) the mountains of Kowloon.

A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Ferris wheel and skyscrapers during the day in Hong Kong, China
View from a mountain top looking down at the Hong Kong skyline
Things To Do

in Hong Kong

The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.

Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.

Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.

Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.

Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

INSIDER TIP

The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the official currency. Some larger stores will accept Chinese yuan (also called renminbi and RMB), but the exchange rate isn't great. Withdrawing cash from an ATM almost always means the best exchange rate.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Hong Kong, China

DEPARTS:
3:00 PM

ASIA'S URBAN HEARTBEAT

Begin your day in Hong Kong with a vigorous hike — or a cable car ride, if you're strapped for time — up to Victoria Peak for an iconic view of the city, the harbor and (if it's clear enough) the mountains of Kowloon.

A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Ferris wheel and skyscrapers during the day in Hong Kong, China
View from a mountain top looking down at the Hong Kong skyline

Begin your day in Hong Kong with a vigorous hike — or a cable car ride, if you're strapped for time — up to Victoria Peak for an iconic view of the city, the harbor and (if it's clear enough) the mountains of Kowloon.

A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Ferris wheel and skyscrapers during the day in Hong Kong, China
View from a mountain top looking down at the Hong Kong skyline
Things To Do

in Hong Kong

The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.

Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.

Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.

Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.

Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

INSIDER TIP

The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the official currency. Some larger stores will accept Chinese yuan (also called renminbi and RMB), but the exchange rate isn't great. Withdrawing cash from an ATM almost always means the best exchange rate.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

QN Entertainment, Two70, Virtual Concert, music performance, two70 Screens, "Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns," audience, lounge,
QN, Quantum of the Seas, Bionic Bar, technology, entertainment, beverage, drinks, robot, robotic bartender

QN Entertainment, Two70, Virtual Concert, music performance, two70 Screens, "Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns," audience, lounge,
QN, Quantum of the Seas, Bionic Bar, technology, entertainment, beverage, drinks, robot, robotic bartender

Things to Do

Dancer and Singers Performing on the Starwater Show
Two70®

AHH-INSPIRING IN ANY LIGHT

Go on a transformative journey from day to night in this grand room. By day, it's an open area living room with panoramic views. By night, the lights go down and the music fades up to reveal a spellbinding aerial show.

Bionic Bar - Deck 5 Starboard Midship (Royal Promenade)
Harmony of the Seas - Royla Caribbean International
Bionic Bar®

MIXOLOGY MEETS TECHNOLOGY

Bionic Bar® transports you eons ahead to another place in time, where the space pulses with electricity and the drink possibilities are endless. With laser precision, robotic arms powered by Makr Shakr work in perfect synchronization assembling beverages designed to energize and enthrall. This isn't science fiction; it's the future of entertainment.

DAY 9 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

Things to Do

North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck
North Star®

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

Stand in a jewel-shaped capsule that reveals breathtaking 360-degree views as you gently ascend 300 feet above sea level.

iFly instructor on Anthem in the Skydiving Tunnel, wind tunnel, skydive, skydiver, skydiving simulator, iFly by Ripcord, instructor in the Anthem ifly
RipCord® by iFLY®

GRAVITY-DEFYING FUN

Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a safe, controlled environment.

Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade
SeaPlex®

HAVE THE PLAYTIME OF YOUR LIFE

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Roller skating, basketball, bumper cars, a trapeze school— it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.

DAY 10 - Arrival Day

Shanghai (Baoshan), China

ARRIVES:
5:00 AM

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Most international flights arrive at Pudong Airport. Take the bullet train into the city; it takes only 8 minutes between the airport and Longyang Road Station. From there, check out Longhua Temple: You'll recognize its two-meter-tall copper bell from Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun." Then, marvel at the modern skycrapers of Pudong — head to the Oriental Pearl Tower with its three distinctive spheres and get a 360-degree view of the city from the observation deck.

View of the skyscrapers at the Pudong district
The Jade Buddha Temple with a fountain on a sunny day in Shanghai, China
Beautiful river scene of Old Chinatown in Shanghai, China

Most international flights arrive at Pudong Airport. Take the bullet train into the city; it takes only 8 minutes between the airport and Longyang Road Station. From there, check out Longhua Temple: You'll recognize its two-meter-tall copper bell from Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun." Then, marvel at the modern skycrapers of Pudong — head to the Oriental Pearl Tower with its three distinctive spheres and get a 360-degree view of the city from the observation deck.

View of the skyscrapers at the Pudong district
The Jade Buddha Temple with a fountain on a sunny day in Shanghai, China
Beautiful river scene of Old Chinatown in Shanghai, China
Things To Do

in Shanghai (Baoshan)

Historical buildings at the Bund in Shanghai, China

Better in the Bund

The Bund is Shanghai's art deco heritage neighborhood, with colonial architecture from the 1920s and '40s. Walk along the riverfront promenade at the golden hour for beautiful photos — from here, you can see the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong's skyscrapers across the river.

Shanghai Towers and cityscape of Shanghai, China

Height of Adventure

Take a river cruise to see some of Shanghai's modern architectural highlights: The 1536-foot-tall Oriental Pearl Tower looks like something straight out of the Jetsons, while the twisting Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, is meant to evoke a lucky dragon coming out of the earth. The World Finance Center Tower looks like a giant bottle opener.

Traditional pavillions in Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, China

Ancient Ambiance

Get a feel for old China by wandering through the Yu Garden during your Shanghai cruise vacation. The classical garden is 400 years old, with carp-filled pools and bamboo groves. See more of ancient China at the Shanghai Museum, which has 120,000 ancient relics, including bronze artifacts and sculptures.

Dumplings with dip in Shanghai, China

Local Cuisine

Eating in Shanghai is all about street food. You'll see people drinking from giant dumplings through strwas in a dish called xiao long bao — a soup dumpling. Join in, or eat them with chopsticks in a sit-down restaurant. Try cold noodles with eel, ginger and bamboo shoots, or pick up a flaky, pork-flecked scallion pancake — this comfort food is practically a way of life here.

Red Chinese lanterns at the antique market in Shanghai, China

Shopping

It's hard not to find shopping in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is the busiest, with everything from specialty food shops to modern malls. If you have time to get something tailored, try the South Bund Fabric Market. During your China cruise, pick up a distinctive Chinese red lantern at the Antique Market or at most street markets.

INSIDER TIP

Check visa rules carefully. They vary greatly depending on your nationality, length of stay, where you visit and if you re-enter the country.

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