2013 China, Tibet, and Bhutan

Pre-Trip

Beijing: The group visited the Forbidden Palace, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall and walked the streets of the city as well as visiting Old Town (Hutong) of the city.

Forbidden City Beijing China

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Great Wall

The Great Wall

Great Wall

In addition, the group visited the Temple of Heaven Park which featured a significant collection of Qianlong Art. The Qing Dynasty (611 – 1912) produced vast amounts of Tibetan Buddhist art and Jacques Marchais, collected many of these artifacts for her collection.

Trip to Tibet

We flew from Beijing to Chengdu in China to refuel to reach the heights over the Himalayas into Lhasa. In Lhasa we explored the streets, the markets and the monasteries. We visited the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple, called the Vatican of Buddhism, Drepung and Sera Monasteries and then drove over 16000 ft mountain pass to reach Gyantse & Shigatse.

Potala and Trip Members 2013

Potala & Trip Members 2013

Jokhang in Central Lhasa

Jokhang in Central Lhasa

Prayer Flags at a Mountain Pass

Prayer Flags at a Mountain Pass

Monks at Sera Monastery  in the Debating Courtyard

Monks at Sera Monastery in the Debating Courtyard

Post Trip

Bhutan: Part of the group continued onto Bhutan via a stopover in Kathmandu. Bhutan is a Tibetan Buddhist enclave surrounded by mountains where in a representative democracy was established 10 years ago. We flew Druk Air to Paro and we traveled over the mountains by coach to Thimpu. In Paro, we visited the Tiger’s Nest ( Taktshang), the Rinpung Dzong (fortress monastery), Dungtse Lhakhang (15th century temple) as well as seeing the national sport- archery being played in many places.

Traditional Dancers Welcoming Us at The Hotel

Traditional Dancers Welcoming Us at The Hotel

Archery

Archery

Tigers Nest
Tigers Nest

Tigers Nest (outside of Paro ) (Taktshang)

Thimpu was as interesting as we visited the National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang ( 15th century temple), the National Textile & Folk Heritage Museum and the Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha).
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