The best times to visit China are in the Spring, which falls between April – May and then in the Autumn, which is between September – October. This is when the weather is much more comfortable for tourists to explore.
As our tour focuses on unique and authentic experiences restaurants are hand-picked to ensure quality and authentic traditional dishes. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for as we make sure all dietary requirements are sent over to the guides prior to departure.
We grade our tours on level of activity and amount of walking involved, which can be found on the tour pages on the website and in our brochures, under ‘Physical Rating’. We grade the tours as follows:
Level 1 – A reasonable level of fitness is required, but its more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances.
Level 2 – This will involve a little more time on your feet than level 1 tours and may involve a bit more walking or steps.
Level 3 – A good level of fitness is required, as around 2-3 hours of walking will be required per day. Other activities such as cycling, may be included and walking longer distances.
Level 4 – Level 4 is similar to level 3 but the activities may be of longer duration or a more challenging terrain.
Level 5 – You’ll need to be fit and adventurous to participate in these tours as in some cases you will be active for most of the day on tough terrain or have physically demanding activities.
Most of our tours include time for shopping whether it be in a local market or Bazaar, or with a visit to a shopping mall. This will be explained in the tour dossier, or by the local guide in resort. However, if this is something that you would like to include in your tour, please speak to one of our experts before travelling.
This 1,300 year old temple is at the heart of old Lhasa as well as being the spiritual heart of Tibet as a whole. The golden Buddha within is the most revered in the country – pilgrims cram themselves into the thick, yak-butter candle lit interior to worship it, and a number of other sacred pieces. A visit inside is like nothing you have ever experienced before – the reverence in the air almost palpable. The temple is named for the ‘Jowa Sakyamuni’, a golden Buddha image, brought to Tibet by King Songtsen Gampo’s Chinese wife, Princess Wencheng. Jokhang means ‘chapel of Jowo’.
Circling the Jokhang is its ‘kora’ (pilgrimage circuit) the Barkhor. There is no better place in the city to people watch, with pilgrims from across Tibet arriving and following the route clockwise to worship in the Jokhang. Some spin handheld prayer wheels whilst others prostrate themselves the whole way round, all totally devoted to their worship. This is the place in Lhasa that you get the strongest sense of the country’s history, and the place you’ll want to return to again and again.
What better way to experience it than on a Wendy Wu tour?