Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp

A dusty, bumpy track running south off the Friendship Highway leads to the most spectacular close-up view of the world’s...

The ‘Friendship Highway’

The most westerly stretch of China’s National Highway 318, leading from Lhasa to the Nepalese border, is the most dramatic...

Gyantse

The distinctive profile of Gyantse’s Kumbum is almost as recognizable as that of the Potala. Capped with a gilded dome and...

Shigatse

Shigatse, Tibet’s second city, is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, the highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama....

Samye (Sangye Si)

The first Buddhist monastery ever founded in Tibet, Samye occupies a suitably epic spot on the north side of the Tsangpo (...

Tombs of the Kings

A short drive away in the adjacent Chongye Valley stand the remains of the tombs belonging to Tibet’s ancient kings. Eight...

Tsetang and Yumbu Lakhang

Seat of Tibet’s ancient emperors, Tsetang, on the Tsongpo (Brahmaputra) River 113 miles (183km) southeast of Lhasa, is the...

Namtso Lake

Namtso, “Heavenly Lake”, lies half a day’s drive north of Lhasa. Once you’ve set eyes on its crystalline, turquoise water,...

Shidong and the Dragon Boat Festival

A village we recommend to anyone hoping to avoid the kind of commercialism that mars so many Miao settlements these days is...

Chengyang

Another splendid Drum Tower dominates the Dong village of Chengyang, on the Linxi River to the north of Sanjiang. It’s reached...

Xidi and Hongcun

Close to Huangshan range, these two picture-postcard market towns in South Anhui were founded in the Song era of the 11th...

Jingdezhen

”As white as jade, as thin as paper, as bright as a mirror, as tuneful as a bell” is how a famous Chinese saying described the...

Mount Songshan

A side trip neatly combined with the Longmen Caves is a visit to Songshan, one of China’s Five Great Mountains, which rises...

Yin Xu

Strange bones, inscribed with an ancient form of Chinese script, had for generations been turning up in fields along the banks...

Dongbei (Manchuria)

The region stretching north and east of the Great Wall towards the steppes of Inner Mongolia was traditionally the domain of...

Chengde

Framed by the rippled slopes of the Yunshan Mountains, the magnificent Imperial Mountain Resort in Chengde, 155 miles (250km)...

Jiayuguan and the Hexi Corridor

Squeezing for 650 miles (1,000km) between the Tibetan Plateau and dunes of the Gobi Desert, the Hexi Corridor was the crux of...

Dazu

One of the great wonders of ancient China lies hidden among the sandstone hills around Dazu, 125 miles (200km) east of Chengdu...