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HONG KONG A fusion of tradition and modern chic can be found in Hong Kong. From Kowloon’s bustling waterfront to the heights of Victoria Peak and the Giant Buddha of Lantau Island, Hong Kong is a city of surprising diversity, colour and a rich selection of culinary experiences.


WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG A selection of some of our favourites include:


THE PENINSULA HONG KONG – Located in Kowloon, the city’s oldest hotel and one of the finest in the world


INTERCONTINENTAL GRAND STANFORD – Kowloon hotel offering breathtaking city and harbour view rooms


TIBET With stunning landscapes and timeless traditions, Tibet lies to the north of the Himalayas. With stunning landscapes and timeless traditions, Tibetans assert a proud independence. Explore the imposing monasteries and palaces which display the rich and ancient culture defined by the Buddhist faith, the most famous of those being the incredible Potala Palace in Lhasa.


Potala Palace, Lhasa BEYOND CHINA


Many of Asia’s other fascinating destinations are perfect for combining with a visit to mainland China. Continue your Asian adventure to take in the cultural and scenic landscapes of Tibet, travelling either by plane or the new Tibet Railway. Hong Kong is an also an easily organised addition to your holiday for a short stay. Alternatively, visit the equally diverse neighbour Japan or, for relaxation, the beaches of Thailand.


TRAIN TO TIBET The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is one of the most extraordinary rail journeys anywhere in the world, crossing a landscape of elevated bridges, open steppes and towering snow-capped mountains during its 33 hour journey between Xi’an and Lhasa. A regular passenger service, accommodation is in 4-berth soft sleeper compartments, with a basic restaurant car available for drinks and simple meals.


THE TIBETAN EXPLORER


19 DAYS from £3925 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary Bales Suggested Discover Tibet including Everest Base Camp


DAYS 1 to 4 – Fly to Beijing Fly with British Airways to Beijing. 3 nights at Beijing Prime Hotel. Tours including Forbidden City and The Great Wall.


DAYS 5/6 – Xi’an Fly to Xi’an. 2 nights at the Sheraton Hotel. Visit the Terracotta Army, Wild Goose Pagoda and the Bell Tower.


DAYS 7 to 10 – Train to Lhasa Day and overnight train to the Tibetan capital. 3 nights at the Lhasa Hotel with visits to Potala Palace and city tour.


Hong Kong


DAYS 11 to 13 – Shigatse and Dingri (Everest Base Camp) To Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse Hotel. Then Dingri for overnight at Zhufeng Hotel. Early morning visit to Everest Base Camp.


DAYS 14/15 – Tsetang Drive to Tsetang. 2 nights at Tsetang Hotel. Visits to Samye Monastery and Yumbulhakhang Palace.


DAYS 16 to 19 – Shanghai and fly to the UK Fly to Shanghai for 3 nights at Mayfair Hotel. City tour and day at leisure. Fly British Airways to Heathrow.


Train to Lhasa Tibetan Monks DEPARTURES APR-OCT 08456 345 115 – Balesworldwide.com 109


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