China is a vast country of contrasts with so many reasons to attract the traveller. From the Great Wall near Beijing to the ‘western’ atmosphere of Shanghai, from the sky scrapping mountains of Tibet to the lush, sub tropical rainforests of Xishuangbanna, each region has its own special attraction. China is one of the four earliest civilizations in the world with Yellow River and Yangtze River as its base and cradles. Travel is easy with China’s huge modern network of high speed train lines and of course, a cruise along the Yangtze River is still a highlight.
Tibet, on the lofty Tibetan Plateau on the northern side of the Himalayas, is an autonomous region of China. It’s nicknamed the “Roof of the World” for its towering peaks. It shares Mt. Everest with Nepal. Its capital, Lhasa, is site of hilltop Potala Palace, once the Dalai Lama’s winter home, and Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s spiritual heart, revered for its golden statue of the young Buddha. Regular modern trains built to provide comfort at high altitudes connect Lhasa with major cities throughout China.