China, Tibet & the Yangtze
Experience a soul-enriching journey on this program abounding with UNESCO world heritage sites.
Lhasa means “holy land,” and Lhasa—the ancient capital city of Tibet—is the spiritual soul of the region. In existence since the seventh century and ruled by the Dalai Lamas from the early 1600s until 1959, Tibet has long been associated with tranquility and spirituality. Marvel at Lhasa’s unique architecture—from gilt-roofed temples and colorfully decorated monasteries to the practical, energy-efficient design of its traditional houses—and discover the serenity of wandering through its peaceful gardens. You’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace, as well as the Sera Monastery.
While in Beijing, explore the UNESCO-designated Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. Marvel at the life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors in Xi’an. Cruise the most scenic section of the Yangtze River with its famous Three Gorges (the Qutang, Wu, and Xiling). While each of the three is spectacular, nothing can compare to the mesmerizing vistas created by the narrow switchbacks of the beautiful Qutang Gorge. Visit the Shibao Pagoda, a charming red, 12-story wooden temple (built without the use of nails) that rises dramatically above the river. Then conclude your astonishing trip in breathtaking Shanghai, China’s largest city, where you’ll be treated to water-front views, delicious dim sum, and a performance by the astonishing Shanghai Acrobats.
Throughout your journey, the majestic scenery, soul-enriching spirituality, rich cultural performances, and wonderful people of China will reward you with unforgettable memories.
Who will enjoy this cruise/tour
Travelers who appreciate the yin and yang of life will find a wonderful balance between the burgeoning urban centers of Beijing and Shanghai and the tranquility of Tibet.
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