China and Tibet

 

China doesn't do things in a small way. It has the world's largest population (1.4 billion at last count), the only man-made structure visible from space (The Great Wall), the world's largest public square (Tiananmen, which can hold an estimated 500,000 people), and borders on the earth's tallest peak (Mount Everest). It has produced great religions, great political movements, great art, and great food. It is an epic nation that has reinvented itself time and time again, and now, at the dawn of a new millennium, it is again transforming as it emerges from decades of complete isolation from the outside world.

China is changing and as it does, it is becoming an easier, more welcoming place to visit. These days China offers stylish hotels, international cuisine, air-conditioned minibuses, and an improved domestic airline system. And, of course, the sweep of 5,000 years of recorded history and a terrain that encompasses 6 million square miles. China is bound to the north by the deserts of Mongolia and to the southwest by the Himalayas; in between sit everything from exquisite monuments to stunning gorges to soaring skyscrapers. Delights awaiting visitors include grand palace complexes and artful temples. Dynastic tombs and ancient fortresses. Colonial-era mansions and modern-day silk mills.

As more and more travelers are now realizing, China has become one of the most enticing, most engaging destinations of our time.

Tibet was until a few years ago only a dream for explorers and the most daring and experienced travelers. Situated behind the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas, Tibet today is a lifetime experience and an opportunity to visit the land of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan People.

The Territory of Hong Kong has fascinated the world with its magnificent Victoria harbor and skyline for decades. The mystery of China was only available to most travelers through the territory of Hong Kong for the better part of the last century. The former British colony, while legally part of China enjoys great autonomy, has its own constitution, laws and immigration controls. It also enjoys a free lifestyle unheard of on the Chinese mainland and the ideals of a free and open society.