China & Tibet
Get away from the crowds amongst Guilin’s fantastic limestone hills, and watch fishermen on bamboo rafts: straight out of a classic watercolour. Ancient history lives in Xian’s Terracotta Army, buried for 2000 years, and Beijing’s palaces and temples, as bright now as when they were built 600 years ago. Man-made astonishments include the Great Wall, draped like a sleeping dragon over 4000 kilometres, while in Shanghai futuristic skyscrapers face colonial elegance across the Yangtze; upstream the massive Three Gorges Dam is an engineering marvel.
Even newer, the train across the Roof of the World whisks travellers in 21st century comfort over the world’s highest railway pass to Tibet, home of Lapsang Souchong tea, the holiest Buddhist temple of all and Potala Palace: each, in its own way, sublime.