Beijing to Lhasa Journey
We commence our journey in one of the world's most majestic cities, Beijing. Here we visit some of the most historically significant landmarks including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and China's largest man made structure, the Great Wall. After sampling some exquisite local cuisine, we board our overnight train to Xian and marvel at one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors. After visiting Xian's lively Muslim quarter we stroll along the magnificent city walls before a flight to Xining where we board our overnight train to Lhasa. Here we take in the highlights of this ancient city including the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple and the Norbulingka - a great way to end this unique experience.
|DAY 1||Join Beijing|
|DAY 2||In Beijing|
|DAY 3||Great Wall|
|DAY 4||Beijing, overnight train to Xian|
|DAYS 5/6||In Xian|
|DAY 7||Fly to Xining, overnight train to Lhasa|
|DAY 8||Arrive Lhasa|
|DAYS 9/10||Sightseeing in Lhasa including visits to the Potala Palace, Norbulingka and ancient Jokhang|
|DAY 11||In Lhasa, trip concludes|
My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.
For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.
I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.
We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.
Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.
She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.
When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.
We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.
Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.
Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.