China High Adventure
Want to feel like Sir Francis Younghusband or Heinrich Harrer the explorer? You are likely to feel like one after this spectacular journey to the Tibet highland and meet its people who call this remote and inhospitable region as ‘home’. From the pilgrim-laden streets of Lhasa to the snow-capped mountains, endless skies and turquoise lakes of the Tibetan Plateau, discover a world far removed from your own. The accommodation selected is the best the region has to offer. Your touring is private and highly personalised based on each traveller’s specific interests and requirements.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: LIKE AN EXPLORER ON THE HIGHLANDS OF TIBET.
The tour starts in Beijing that boasts of many scenic spots, precious artefacts and world-famous architectural wonders: the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tian An Men square and many others. With your private guide and driver you will explore this huge and spread out city which is a magnificent gateway to China and Chinese history, so you will spend a minimum of three nights here.
After witnessing the historical sites we will travel to the famous city of Xian. This city was the hotspot of the ancient Silk Road, linking the East to the West. Today, it is one of the most important cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Here we will see the widely acclaimed, the eighth wonder of the world, the Army of Terracotta Warriors.
Your journey continues on to Lhasa, deep in the Himalayan kingdom of Tibet. Spend time exploring the magnificent monasteries, palaces and temples and visit the smaller towns of Gyantze and Shigatze as you pass through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. You will be welcomed into the homes of the locals to experience their unique lifestyle first hand, and be amazed by the beauty of the yak-dotted high altitude plains.
After the high-altitude Tibet adventure, you travel to Shanghai where you will spend two nights exploring the vibrant city. Once famed as the ‘Oriental Paris’, foreign scientists, literary figures and artists chose to live there. Once a provincial city, Shanghai has grown into an international metropolis on par with New York and Paris.
Max your Awim Chinese people celebrate a lot of festivals each year. Most of these festivals take place on important dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is important to know which festivals to avoid, like the Chinese New Year when travel is difficult and which ones to attend, like the Dragon Boat and Shanghai Tea festivals held in May-June. Other festivals include the Shanghai Film festival in mid-Jun and the Shoton Festival, one of the most popular traditional festivals in Tibet held in the month of August.
Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.