Victoria Cruises will debut two new excursions on China's Yangtze River for the 2018 sailing season.
As an alternative to Shibaozhai, where passengers typically visit a 12-story wooden pagoda dating back to the 18th century, Victoria will also offer an excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu on select departures.
The sacred site lies on the northern side of the Yangtze, west of Mingshan Mountain and east of the Shuangguishan National Forest. It features a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism, as well as more than 200 additional Taoist and Buddhist sculptures.
Victoria will also debut a new excursion to the hometown of Chinese poet and statesman Qu Yuan, which lies at the foot of Phoenix Mountain with views of the Three Gorges Dam and surrounding scenery.
Qu Yuan served as chancellor to King Huai 23 centuries ago. His death inspired the Dragon Boat Festival, which is commemorated every May. Passengers will learn about dragon boating and enjoy a traditional Chinese performance during the excursion, which is being offered as an alternative to the Tribe of the Three Gorges excursion.