Special Report: The Trip by Ship

The deluxe way to go is by cruise ship. Aboard the trim (250 ft.), Swedish-operated M.S. Lindblad Explorer on a recent trip from Tokyo to Hong Kong were 103 single-class passengers paying about $3,500, two American Sinologists and three tour guides, led by Travel Entrepreneur Lars-Eric Lindblad, known to the Chinese as Lin-bladder. The group included TIME Senior Writer Michael Demarest and old China hands Photographer Carl Mydans and his reporter-wife Shelley. Day by day:

Ship docks on Shanghai's Whang-poo River. Busy first day sightseeing. Second day, to Peking for manic 14-hour slog that...

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