Personalized Itineraries Feature Ancient Temples and Monasteries, Cultural Immersion, Once-In-a-Lifetime Visit to Shangri-La on the âRooftop of the Worldâ
Online PR News – 19-May-2015 – Ada, Michigan – China and Tibet are two of the worldâs most fascinating and mysterious destinations. No single tour combining these two countries can ever hope to scratch even the surface of the wide range of cultural, religious, culinary and visual experiences available that can take a lifetime to enjoy.
The in-depth knowledge of customized tour specialists like A&S Signature Journeys can be invaluable to travel agents in helping their clients select precisely the experiences that will best match their interests. A&Sâ tours combining China and Tibet can give travelers the opportunity to become immersed in the cultures, traditions and spiritual heritages of these two ancient countries. Drawing upon the companyâs years of experience, A&S itineraries take âthe road less traveledâ and provide access to âhidden gemsâ that are not included in typical escorted or independent tour packages.
China â A Feast for the Senses
In addition to visiting such must-see attractions as Tiananmen Square and the âForbidden Cityâ in Beijing, itineraries can include a visit to a traditional medicine shop and rickshaw ride through the âHutongsâ, the cityâs fast-disappearing narrow alleyways. There is also an opportunity to trek along a portion of the Great Wall not commonly open to tourists.
Travelers to Xian will see the cityâs famed Terracotta Warriors and the excavated site of a Neolithic Banpo village. Their itinerary can also include visits to the History Museum and the âBig Wild Goose Pagodaâ, and a feast fit for an emperor accompanied by a âTang Dynastyâ cultural performance.
The development of the Buddhist religion and art can be seen in the ancient city of Datong, the former capital and political, economic, and cultural center of the Northern Wei Dynasty. Buddhism once flourished here, and travelers can visit the huge caves (known as the Yungang Grottoes) and the wooden temples in front of the caves that were built during the Wei Dynastyâs rule. The caves and temple structures became the center of Buddhist art in North China.
The âHanging Monasteryâ in the province of Shanxi near Mount Heng is an architectural wonder built on a cliff, and is another of Chinaâs off-the-beaten-path âgemsâ offered by A&S.
The complex house sculptures, representing Chinaâs three major religions â Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism â symbolize the determination of the monks who built the temple to promote unity among the Chinese people.
Situated on the southeastern rim of the Tibetan Plateau, the ârooftop of the worldâ, Shangri-La, is surrounded by towering snowcapped mountains, deep valleys, untouched lakes and forests,
and green pastures that preserve the traditional lifestyle of the Tibetan people. It is also one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world. During their stay, travelers can visit Pudacuo National Park, home to 20% of Chinaâs plant species and about a third of its mammal and bird species, of which almost 100 are endangered. The park is an integral part of the âThree Rivers Scenic Area,â a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
TIBET â A Spiritual Canvas
A stay in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, offers travelers a sampling of the many impressive spiritual sites of Chinaâs Himalayan neighbor. Highlights include a visit to the Potala Palace of the Dalai Lama, where guests can observe a debating session of the monks. Visits to the serene Drepung and Sera Monasteries can also be included. An excursion to the rural area outside of Lhasa is also available. Highlights include the Yerpa Hermitage, one of the most revered cave retreats in central Tibet; the Ganden Monastery, the seat of the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, to which the Dalai Lama belongs; and the Jokhang Temple, the most revered religious structure in Tibet.
Beyond Lhasa, travelers can take a trip to Shigatse, where they can visit the Zongshan Castle, as well as the Baiju and Tashilhunpo Monasteries. A&S can also arrange a visit with a local Tibetan family and to the colorful Barkhor Bazaar.
A drive along the Lhasa-Kathmandu Southern Highway that runs parallel to the Himalayas, a view of the brilliant turquoise Yamdrok Tso Lake (one Tibetâs four holiest lakes) are among the other unforgettable experiences offered by A&S.
âThe old saying, âlife doesnât come with instructions,â is also very much a mantra for our travel clients,â said Sheri Fazleabas, founder and president of A&S Signature Journeys. âA&S customers are ready to go beyond the shiny tourist sites, and plunge deep into the heart and soul of the countries they visit. We can help them design unique itineraries that enrich their lives and create lasting memories.â
About A&S Signature Journeys
A&S Signature Journeys works closely with travel agents, providing them with meticulously planned itineraries that are custom tailored to their clientsâ interests. It was founded by its president, Sheri Fazleabas, a recognized tourism expert and former executive of an internationally renowned tour operator. Sheri brings extensive experience creating luxury tours and has traveled to every destination in which A & S specializes. She is recognized as a qualified lecturer in tourism for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. She is also a frequent speaker at various travel events and local colleges.
For more information, contact A & S Signature Journeys at 630-889-8275 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit them online at ansjourneys.com.