Beijing: Cruises

The Forbidden City

Beijing Cruises

Beijing is not located directly on the ocean, so it does not really qualify as a cruise ship port of call. If you look at a map, Beijing is about 2 hours (90 miles) inland from the port at Tianjin, which is actually about 30 miles up the Hai River from the Gulf of Bohai on the China Sea. So, what's a cruise lover to do? How can one combine a love of cruising with a Beijing tour?

Most Yangtze River cruise tours include China's capital city of Beijing on their itinerary. Passengers fly from Beijing to the Yangtze River at Chongqing to join their river cruise ship. Cruise lovers can also tour Beijing as part of a pre- or post-cruise land excursion from an ocean going cruise ship. Some cruise ships also dock overnight in Tianjin and bus the passengers to Beijing for a unique overnight shore excursion.