The ultimate adventure is travel, or at least that's what travel junkies say. Traveling keeps you refreshed and provides a welcome respite from your normal, everyday routine. When people discuss exploration and travel, Tibet and Lijiang are not always the first places that come to mind. However, they offer some of the rarest, most beautiful experiences to be had - physically, culturally and even spiritually- to those who thirst for what life has to offer.
Liijiang is located in the Yunnan Province of China and is surrounded by some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world. Whether inside or outside China, the town itself is surely one of the loveliest, most photogenic anywhere. It is one of the best-preserved ancient towns in China and is over 800 years old. Thousands of people who have visited there describe it as an experience like stepping back into history itself. Liijiang is a gorgeous maze of twisting, pedestrian-only streets and old, rustic homes and storefronts and boasts 354 beautiful bridges spanning the canals that flow through the Old Town, prompting visitors and locals alike to call it the "City of Bridges".
In addition to the Naxi, one of the most unique societies in the world, Liijiang serves as a home to many other different minority cultures living together in harmony, including Bai, Tibetan, Yi, Mosu people. The Naxi are a matriarchal society who practice Dongba, a beautiful shamanistic religion that is unique and inspiring to people of all faiths. Lijiang is one of the last holdouts against the influence of Han Chinese, making its remarkable cultural mixture is even more extraordinary. Its inhabitants maintain a strong sense of cultural identity, evident not only in the traditional dress but in their belief systems and customs. Lijiang is one of the few places in China where minority population can do so.
Study Tai Chi with a Master in the morning, admire the soaring snow-tipped summit of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain while having lunch, and spend the afternoon bicycling or hiking in the Lashi Lake region, a Nature Conservancy area. Lijiang is a truly unique experience that will inspire lifelong memories and is stocked with fascinating history and world-class scenery that doesn't get much attention in mainstream media.
Although Tibet is a place whose story is not always happy and is far from finished, it is still a place of living, breathing history. Tibet is a country dominated by China but clinging stubbornly to its own culture and identity- and this historic drama is being played out on the most impressive stages in the world, the awe-inspiring Himalayas, the Tibetan Plateau and the incomparable city of Lhasa. One thing is certain: you'll never forget waking up to a morning sunrise in Tibet.
Mountains of Tibet.
Tibet is a country dotted with millennium-old Buddhist monasteries tucked into amazing vistas. A constant stream of pilgrims reciting mantras and swinging prayer wheels follow travelers visiting the country and this further intensifies the spiritual nature of the country and its physical attributes. Step into a temple and breathe in the intoxicating, inspiring aroma of incense and feel the spiritual awareness of an entire culture - or simply enjoy the view.
Visiting Tibet means you'll also meet some of the most friendly and likable people in the world, not to mention the spectacular scenery not seen anywhere else - such as Kailash, the roof of the world,' Tibet's most sacred mountain. Your experience in this country will change your view of humanity overall to a more positive one, primarily because Tibetans are famous for being welcoming and warm to everyone they meet. (Note: Make sure to explore Tibet with a private Tibetan guide and driver, so that you can get the true, uncensored insider's view on all matters.)
Aided by a new train running from Beijing to Tibet, the country is changing due to investment and tourism from China. Hurry and see Tibet as it has been before it fades away under the march of time. But be prepared, ring your Diamox and take it slow because many places in Tibet are in high altitudes that can reach 12,000 feet.
However you define adventure - whether it involves being physically active, cultural immersion or spiritual awakening - Lijiang and Tibet provide ample opportunities for adventure, in all its forms.
NEI tours offer interactive cultural experiences, not just passive visits to must-see sights. If you need assistance in planning an adventure trip in Lijiang and Tibet, and learn what this places have to offer, please call us at 800-869-0639 or visit http://www.naturexp.com for more information.