2013 China, Tibet, and Bhutan
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
The 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 & Trip Members 2013
Jokhang in Central Lhasa
Prayer Flags at a Mountain Pass
Monks at Sera Monastery in the Debating Courtyard
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
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).