Take a journey from remote south west China, an area of incredible diversity in both landscapes and ethnic groups, each with their own dress, cuisine, beliefs and language. Visit spectacular Lugu Lake in the remote northwest plateau of Yunnan, home of the extraordinary matrilineal Mosuo people. The Mosuo community were largely sequestered from the outside world until recently and their ancient, unique traditions and culture are still intact. Cross the mountains into Tibet, a land that is, above all, uplifting – both spiritually and physically.
It is a land where the devotional dominates art, culture, architecture and politics on every level, and where Buddhism has settled more firmly than in any other country. Located on the “Roof of the World”, encompassing the highest points on the earth, it offers extraordinary landscapes and an almost otherworldly sense of tranquillity. Little travelled, wild and sparsely populated, this tour to the remote, fascinating province of Yunnan and extraordinary Tibet is for the culturally curious.
Zhang Zhong Jiu (known as John) has worked with Jon Baines since 1994, taking healthcare, education, other professional groups and cultural groups around China. Educated in Beijing and London and widely travelled, John is extremely knowledgeable and popular with our groups for his ability to bring China’s history and society to life with personal anecdotes. Having led a wide variety of professional groups over so many years, his breadth of knowledge is second to none.
Ground only: USD $4,144 pp sharing