Visit Beijing, where the city's immense elegance and sophistication is enhanced by your visit to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Great Wall. From there you fly to Lhasa...which boasts its own line-up of outstanding highlights, starting with the massive Potala Palace, the winter home to successive Dalai Lamas which is such a dominant presence in this mountain enclave. You visit several revered monasteries, each revealing its own distinct architecture and tempestuous history. In this extremely spiritual environment you encounter devout pilgrims prostrating themselves in homage to Buddha, and have a close-up look at this all-encompassing philosophy as a way of life. Taste yak-butter tea...certainly an acquired taste! Board the fabulous Qinhai-Tibet train, billed as the world's highest railway. During two full days on the train, you experience breathtaking mountain, river and grassland scenery, seeing - among many other interesting things - yaks, wild donkeys and Tibetan antelopes. Arrive in Xi'an - the capital of 11 dynasties over a period of more than 4,000 years. Here awaiting you is the Army of Terracotta Warriors that lay hidden from history for 2,200 years! Then off you fly to Shanghai where the entire cache of ancient history thus far is entirely offset by the "other China" sights...reflected in Shanghai's unique mix of East-meets-West and Old-meets-New...and a city making progress in a very "in-your-face" way.
Mystical China beckons you...the spiritual traveller!