Beijing (Northern Capital) is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It also served as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. It serves as the cultural, political, economic and educational center of a vast country. It is known for its opulent palaces, temples, museums and art treasures.
The GREAT WALL is a series of stone fortifications built to protect the northern border of China. It stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west, an arc marking the border with Inner Mongolia, a distance of 8,851.8 kms (5,500.3 miles). It dates from the 5th century BC to the 16th century.
Located not far from Hong Kong, Guilin (forest of Sweet Osmanthus) is renowned for its unique karst scenery. A boat ride along the Li River is a wonderful experience.
Shanghai is China’s most populous city, with over 23,019,148 people living there, a staggering number. It sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River and is considered to be one of the owrld’s great cities, in the forefront of finance, commerce, culture and fashion.
The valleys of Bhutan are separated by high passes such as those in Western Bhutan: Cheli La Bhutan’s highest pass at 3,988m (13,084’), Dochu La 3,050 (10,007’) Pele La 3,300 (10,825’). Central Bhutan, known for its buckwheat and apple production and the broad valleys of Bumthang. Passes there: Yotang La 3,400m (11,155’), Shertang La 3,573m (11,723’), and Thrumshing La 3,88m (12, 465’) Bhutan;s second highest pass. Eastern Bhutan is lower but also has passes which we did not visit. The passes offer a feast of colorful flags flying.