Visits to the Western Himalayas, China and Uzbekistan Planned for 2008 - organized by Christine-Ann Richards

15 Jan 2008

Tours 2008

Journey to LADAKH in the Western Himalayas
12th - 23rd February
& Celebrate
Stok Palace & Monastery Festival of Oracles
Matho Monastery Oracle Festival

In the heart of winter, when the high passes are closed and the flight across the snow clad mountains an awesome sight, only the local inhabitants, dressed in their finest clothes and a few visitors find their way to the sheltered Indus Valley to celebrate the winter festivals. Visits arranged to other monasteries including Aichi.

Total cost (including all flights): 2,250

The 'Mingei' Tradition in Central China
13th March - 5th April
Visit Suzhou, Guilin & the tribal areas of Guizhou Province & Jingdezhen the porcelain capital of China

From the classical gardens of Suzhou we travel to Guilin where classical Chinese painting is made a reality. Climbing into the secluded, mountainous, tribal area of Guizhou Province we visit musicians and artists in weaving, embroidery, batik, indigo and silver. Each tribe having their own style of dress and architecture. Thence to the ceramic areas of Changsha and Jizhou, famous for its black wares, and Jingdezhen. (Option for additional stay in JDZ to pot)

Total cost (including all flights): 2,550

5th - 27th September
Kashgar, Khotan and across the Taklamakan Desert to Kuche and Dunhuang

Ancient civilizations buried in the sands of the Taklamakan Desert, fortresses and frescoed Buddhist cave complexes, mosques, minarets, carpets, silk, metalwork and jade.

Total cost (including all flights): 2,880

Contact: Please do not hesitate in contacting me should you have any questions about the 2008 trips if you would be interested in joining them or finding out more details:

Christine-Ann Richards,
Chapel House,
High Street,
Nr. Shepton Mallet,
Somerset BA4 4TE, UK
Tel/Fax: 01749.850.208