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Cultural China & Tibet with Yangtze River Cruise and Hong Kong 2016

19 Day River Cruise from Hong Kong to Beijing

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This exciting vacation introduces you to the rich history, scenic wonders, and cultural treasures of China and Tibet. Start in exciting Hong Kong. Take a cable-car ride up Victoria Peak for panoramic views and a visit of Aberdeen fishing village for a sampan ride on the stunning harbor. Free time on your own gives you a chance to explore the many markets, taste some authentic Chinese food, listen to the sounds of the city, or take an optional excursion. In Shanghai, walk along the Bund, see stunning displays of ancient bronze and jade at the Shanghai Museum, and enjoy a traditional dim-sum feast. You will also attend a high-flying acrobat show and take a fascinating walking tour through the former French Concession where tree-lined streets and Art Deco architecture transport you to a bygone era. Then, fly to Yichang and begin your Yangtze River cruise with a private welcome reception on board the Century Legend. Shore excursions include a walking tour of a riverside community to see its beautiful pagoda, a tour of the Three Gorges Dam site, and a small boat cruise on the emerald-green waters of Shennv Stream. Travel to Lhasa, Tibet’s mystical capital, for visits to a local family home for lunch, a local bazaar, and the imposing Potala Palace, former winter home of the Dalai Lama. You will also dine in a local restaurant and be entertained with traditional Tibetan music and dance. In Xi’an, see the famed Terracotta Warriors up close from a special VIP viewing area and learn how to write ancient Chinese calligraphy. Lastly, in Beijing, visit the Forbidden City with its Imperial Palace, sample authentic Peking Duck, and walk along the incomparable Great Wall of China. You will also explore one of the city’s ancient alleys by rickshaw and experience a cultural performance at the Peking Opera or the Legend of Kung Fu show.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 4-night cruise from Yichang to Chongqing in a Deluxe Stateroom with two lower beds, private facilities, and balcony

Hong Kong: cable-car ride up Victoria Peak; sampan ride on harbor; visit Stanley Market; Host service during your stay

Shanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; dim sum lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; see an acrobatic show

Yichang:
begin your Yangtze cruise aboard the Century Legend; private welcome reception

Three Gorges Dam Site: sightseeing of the impressive dam site

Shennv Stream: boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorges

Shibaozhai: walking tour

Chongqing: visit a local zoo to see pandas

Lhasa:
visit the Summer Palace, a Tibetan’s home including lunch, a Tibetan monastery, a Tibetan hospital, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and a local bazaar; cultural show with traditional Tibetan music and dance

Xi’an: calligraphy class; sightseeing including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors including the VIP viewing area and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; “Tang Dynasty” dinner show

Beijing:
hutong tour by rickshaw; sightseeing including headsets; visit the Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Great Wall; Peking Opera performance or Legend of Kung Fu Show; Peking Duck farewell dinner

Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich
your experience.

  • Dim Sum lunch
  • Lunch in Tibetan's home
  • Richshaw ride through Hutongs
  • Peking Opera or Kung Fu show

Meals

  • American breakfast daily
  • 10 lunches
  • 11 dinners including a welcome dinner in Shanghai and a Peking Duck farewell dinner in Beijing

NOTES:

  • This trip is for travelers who are fit. You will visit regions reaching almost 14,000 ft. in elevation.
  • Accommodations in the Gobi Desert are in traditional Mongolian gers with private bathroom and shower facilities.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Hong Kong, China

Welcome to exciting Hong Kong! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. (Breakfast)

Day 2Hong Kong

This morning’s sightseeing begins with a cable-car ride up to Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas of this one-of-a-kind port city. Drive by Repulse Bay, a popular beach area, then to the Aberdeen fishing village for a SAMPAN RIDE on the harbor. Next stop is STANLEY MARKET, a narrow street jammed with stalls offering clothing, arts, and crafts. Tonight, consider an optional sunset cruise on Hong Kong’s magnificent harbor. (Breakfast)

Day 3Hong Kong

Take advantage of a full free day to explore this exciting city. You may wish to join our optional excursion to view the giant Buddha on the island of Lantau. Shopping is a highlight of Hong Kong with markets, malls, and shops to fit any taste and budget. Your local host will be happy to suggest ways to make the most of your day. (Breakfast)

Day 4Hong Kong–Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai. (Breakfast)

Day 5Shanghai

Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, a traditional DIM SUM feast awaits. Meaning “to touch your heart,” dim sum was originally a snack but has transformed into a full meal with a wide variety of steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and more. Afterward, enjoy time at leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Shanghai

This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, be entertained by a spectacular ACROBATIC SHOW. (Breakfast)

Day 7Shanghai–Yichang (Embarkation)–Yangtze River Cruise

Today, fly to Yichang and board the Century Legend for a 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. Join your traveling companions for a PRIVATE WELCOME RECEPTION including cocktails and snacks. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8Cruising: Xiling Gorge–Three Gorges Dam Site

This morning, perhaps wake up early for a Tai Chi session on the Sun Deck. Later, cruise through the Xiling Gorge, the first of the Three Gorges. Then, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. After lunch, sail through the Three Gorges ship locks, and enjoy time at your leisure on the ship. Take a swim in the pool or simply enjoy the passing scenery. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9Cruising: Wu Gorge–Shennv Stream–Qutang Gorge

This morning, sail upstream through the second of the three gorges—Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. Then, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down the Shennv Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. After a late lunch on the ship, sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge and the last of the famed three gorges. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Baidi Cheng, known as the “White Emperor City,” to see the Baidi Temple. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Daning River.

Day 10Cruising: Shibaozhai

After breakfast, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. After lunch, the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the ship and its many amenities. This evening, join the Captain for a special Chinese-style farewell banquet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

Day 11Cruising: Chongqing (Disembarkation)–Lhasa, Tibet

After breakfast, bid farewell to your ship’s crew in Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. The city sits high on a hill overlooking the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers. Visit a local ZOO to see pandas before boarding your flight to the holy city of Lhasa, capital of the mystical Buddhist kingdom of Tibet. The rest of the day is free to rest and adjust to the 14,000-foot altitude. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12Lhasa

This morning, take a brief city tour, then visit the SUMMER PALACE of the Dalai Lama, featuring the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, take a special trip to a TIBETAN’S HOME that includes lunch before visiting a typical TIBETAN MONASTERY. The final stop today is a TIBETAN HOSPITAL, where you will learn about traditional Tibetan medicine and therapy. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13Lhasa

Today, visit the imposing POTALA PALACE, once the center of the Tibetan government and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Also visit one of Tibet’s oldest shrines, JOKHANG TEMPLE, then spend time in the local BAZAAR. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Tonight, venture out to a local restaurant for dinner and a CULTURAL SHOW featuring traditional Tibetan music and dance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14Lhasa–Xi’an, China

Today, fly to the city of Xi’an in central China. This evening, enjoy the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 15Xi’an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the nearby DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. Next, visit the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. You will also enter the VIP VIEWING AREA for an up-close view of these life-size statues. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Then, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16Xi’an–Beijing

Today, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home for tea. You will also visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 17Beijing

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY and its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. After lunch, enjoy some time at your leisure. Tonight, attend a performance of the PEKING OPERA, a traditional form of Chinese theater including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful make-up being applied to the performers. Alternatively, you may choose to attend the LEGEND OF KUNG FU SHOW. Here the performers use a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics to tell the story of a monk who studies Buddhism and kung fu his whole life and eventually becomes a Zen master. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 18Beijing

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. This evening is the perfect finale to a great touring adventure as you’re hosted to a special PEKING DUCK FAREWELL DINNER in an award-winning restaurant in your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 19Beijing

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Hotels

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Shanghai
Lhasa
Xi'an
Beijing

Hong Kong

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong,  China 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Hong Kong, China

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The Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel is ultra-modern, located in bustling Tsim Sha Tsui district, the livliest and most popular shopping and entertainment area in Hong Kong. Enjoy the city's most spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and world-class service amidst tranquil surroundings, inspirational architecture and design and fine dining.

Hotel Amenities

Hot Tub
Free WiFi
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Concierge desk
Gift Shop
Pool
Beauty Salon
Elevator
Currency Exchange
Restaurant On-Site
Dry Cleaning
Parking/Valet
Fitness Room
Spa Services
Room Amenities

Room Service
Cable/Satellite
Non-smoking Rooms
Desk
Mini-bar
In-Room Safe
Iron/Ironing Board
Coffee Maker
Wake-Up Calls
Television
Complimentary Toiletries
Phone
Air Conditioning
Pay Movies
Window Opens
Climate Control
Hair Dryer
Internet Access
Voicemail

Shanghai

Fairmont Peace Hotel

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Fairmont Peace Hotel, a 'luxurious Art Deco masterpiece', brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century where old fashioned glamour sparkles with a new luster. This landmark hotel served as a glamorous playground for the elite, where every night was an extravagant gala event and veritable Parisian fashion show. Situated just steps from the famous Bund promenade and unrivaled shopping on Nanjing Road, it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai's spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle.

Hotel Amenities

Fitness Room
Restaurant On-Site
Pool
Parking/Valet
Bar/Lounge
Luggage Storage
Currency Exchange
Concierge desk
Dry Cleaning
Spa Services
Elevator
Business Center
Gift Shop
Room Amenities

Mini-bar
Coffee Maker
Alarm Clock
Voicemail
Room Service
Air Conditioning
Complimentary Toiletries
Phone
Smoking Rooms
Window Opens
Complimentary Newspaper
Iron/Ironing Board
Television
Wake-Up Calls
In-Room Safe
Climate Control
Pay Movies
Desk
Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite
Internet Access

Lhasa

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa

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This brand new Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa sits in a city on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, one of the highest inhabited regions on earth. Experience a luxury urban resort amidst a striking mountain landscape of glaciers, valleys and lakes. To help guests acclimatise to Lhasa's high altitude, the property is encircled by gardens, featuring indigenous plants to boost oxygen levels. The hotel also has a fully staffed medical clinic and oxygen lounge.

Hotel Amenities

Free WiFi
Spa Services
Hot Tub
Restaurant On-Site
Bar/Lounge
Beauty Salon
ATM
Pool
Elevator
Fitness Room
Parking/Valet
Currency Exchange
Business Center
Concierge desk
Gift Shop
Luggage Storage
Dry Cleaning
Room Amenities

Disabled Access / Rooms
In-Room Safe
Room Service
Voicemail
Air Conditioning
Climate Control
Wake-Up Calls
Hair Dryer
Alarm Clock
Iron/Ironing Board
Television
Non-smoking Rooms
Smoking Rooms
Desk
Complimentary Toiletries
Coffee Maker
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite
Mini-bar
Internet Access
Phone

Xi'an

Shangri-La Hotel, Xi'an

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Xian, China

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Return from a day of travel to the elegant interior of the Shangri La Hotel Xian. Enjoy dinner at one of the hotel's restaurant where you can relax and unwind recalling a day of new experiences and life enriching tales. If you choose to stay in for a day, spa services and a swimming pool will revitalize you for your next adventure.

Hotel Amenities

Parking/Valet
Fitness Room
Gift Shop
Dry Cleaning
Beauty Salon
Luggage Storage
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Concierge desk
Currency Exchange
Pool
Restaurant On-Site
Spa Services
Elevator
Room Amenities

Climate Control
Desk
In-Room Safe
Air Conditioning
Cable/Satellite
Complimentary Toiletries
Room Service
Coffee Maker
Television
Mini-bar
Complimentary Newspaper
Iron/Ironing Board
Phone
Hair Dryer
Wake-Up Calls
Window Opens
Internet Access

Beijing

Fairmont Beijing

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The Fairmont Beijing Hotel, located in the heart of Beijing, offers top quality amenities, unique architecture, and superlative décor. Guestrooms come primed with first class amenities, including cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Whether you indulge at the opulent Willow Stream Spa or dine in one of the award-winning restaurants this luxury hotel is sure to make for a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

Fitness Room
Currency Exchange
Business Center
Dry Cleaning
Bar/Lounge
Spa Services
ATM
Elevator
Beauty Salon
Restaurant On-Site
Pool
Concierge desk
Luggage Storage
Parking/Valet
Room Amenities

In-Room Safe
Hair Dryer
Room Service
Iron/Ironing Board
Pay Movies
Desk
Mini-bar
Alarm Clock
Air Conditioning
Complimentary Toiletries
Internet Access
Phone
Voicemail
Coffee Maker
Television
Cable/Satellite
Climate Control
Wake-Up Calls
Complimentary Newspaper

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

We know that many times travelers celebrate special occasions on vacation and you can now pre-purchase celebration packages before your cruise departure. We offer special birthday, anniversary and wedding vow packages. These packages include all the elements you need to celebrate with family & friends.

Availability of optional excursions is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Avalon Waterways provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions and packages, register for your cruise and provide emergency contact information online.

Hong Kong
Shanghai
Beijing

Hong Kong

Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Walking Tour

Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Walking Tour

Taste your way through the business areas of Central and Sheung Wan. On this signature food tour, stroll off the beaten path to unearth hidden gems and savor some of Hong Kong's favorite foods and drinks. Indulge in noodles and rice dishes, a variety of dim sum plus drinks and dessert! Along the way, explore the back alleys of this financial district to see and experience the city's history and culture.

Approximate value: $120 USD per person

Highlights of the Night

Highlights of the Night

When the sun sets on Hong Kong, the city really shines, and we show you the best of the sparkle on this fantastic excursion. Start with a ride on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel for spectacular views over Victoria Harbour. Then, hop aboard a double-decker open-top bus for an incredible drive through the neon-lit streets to view the riot of colors that make up Hong Kong's skyline. Finally, board a boat for a leisurely cruise on the harbor that includes a gourmet buffet dinner of international cuisine.

Approximate value: $115 USD per person

Lantau Island Monastery Tour

Lantau Island Monastery Tour

On this full day tour, travel by ferry to visit Lantau Island, Hong Kong's largest island, and home to the Giant Buddha at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery. View in awe at the size of this incredible Buddha where the sky is its only backdrop and enjoy a traditional vegetarian Buddhist lunch at the monastery. Then ride the cable car from Tung Chung with spectacular views of Lantau Island, Ngong Ping Plateau and the South China Sea. Throughout the day, you'll discover pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys, soaring mountains and maybe even spiritual enlightenment.

Approximate value: $115 USD per person

Macau Day Tour

Macau Day Tour

After a scenic one hour ferry ride from Hong Kong arrive in Macau, the second of two special administrative districts of China. Your full day of sightseeing will commence with a drive along Guia Circuit, site of the annual Macau Grand Prix. Afterward visit the magnificent Kun Lam Temple, the 600 year old Goddess of mercy temple; Porta de Cerco, the historical gate constructed in 1849 served as a checkpoint between China and the former Portuguese colony; and the ruins of the Jesuit Priests. After a buffet lunch, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pearl River followed as you travel by coach to by a visit to the a world famous casino prior to your return to Hong Kong.

Approximate value: $135 USD per person

Seafood Village Dinner

Seafood Village Dinner

This evening begins with a harbor cruise on a traditional Chinese sightseeing tour boat to enjoy the exciting night view of Hong Kong harbor. The trip then takes you to a local seafood village for a brief walk ashore, and then a delicious Chinese dinner. On the return journey, enjoy more of the glittering harbor views by night.

Approximate value: $80 USD per person

Sunset Harbor Cruise

Sunset Harbor Cruise

Spend the evening enjoying the open bar on board this authentic Chinese sightseeing Junk as she sails within the harbor. Here you can watch the world's greatest view turn into the world's greatest light show. Places of interest like Causeway Bay, North Point, Lei Yue Mun Village are all brilliantly glittering to light up your evening.

Approximate value: $50 USD per person

Shanghai

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Zhujiajiao (Water Town) Half Day Tour

Located in a suburb of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country. With a history of more than 1,700 years and covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges cross bubbling streams, small rivers are shaded by willow trees, and quaint houses with courtyards attached are a welcomed contrast to the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.

Approximate value: $82 USD per person

Beijing

Kung Fu Show

Kung Fu Show

The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a mix of traditional martial arts and modern theater. Presenting stunning Kung Fu skills, exquisite ballet and music, this beautiful story in no doubt has become the most loved Kung Fu show in China. The fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional martial arts makes this performance unique and spectacular.

Approximate value: $30 USD per person

Peking Opera

Peking Opera

Traditional Chinese theatre can be traced back to the Song and Yuan Dynasties of the late 13th century. During the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) the operatic form took hold in the Suzhou region of China thus developing into an artistic expression of the Chinese people. Opera of the time included many elements of local and provincial theatre and was superseded by what we now call Beijing or Perking Opera. Beijing opera is the marriage of music, song and dance, pantomime and acrobatics orchestrated into one elegant display of human emotion. Each component is distinctly different from its Western counterparts and therefore, your experience at the Beijing Opera is likely to be unfamiliar but gratifying nonetheless.

Approximate value: $30 USD per person

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