Destination Beijing – After the Olympics

24th August 2008 saw the grand finale of the greatest show on earth, the Olympic Games 2008 at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing China. China, the host nation, emerged as a winner in the overall medals tally with a total of 100 medals: 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze. China deserves praise not only for the skillful performance put in by its athletes, but also for organizing the games so very well. It is a matter of great pride for the whole Asian continent, that an Asian country has so successfully organized the world’s greatest show.

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After winning the bid to host the 2008 Olympics, Beijing, the host city, underwent a lot of beatification changes. Now the pollution level in the city has decreased considerably.
If you have ever dreamt of making that visit to Beijing, now is the best time. The city is smog free and according to reports, the city is looking better then ever. In addition to the old monuments like the Forbidden Palace, the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen square, the city has acquired new and futuristic landmarks too. The iconic Bird’s Nest at the Olympic green: the (venue for the opening and closing ceremony of 2008 Olympics). The Bird’s Nest was designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. The Water Cube or the National Aquatics Center, built by the Australian firm PTW + CCDI + Arup is also another futuristic structure, that is sure to become a landmark.

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Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure can organize a fun-filled and memorable trip for you and your family or friends.You can tour the city of Beijing and later on journey on the world’s highest train to Lhasa in Tibet.Taking a journey aboard the world’s highest railway, the Qinghai-Tibet railway, is an experience of a lifetime. Owing to Tibet’s high altitude the train has been equipped with oxygen-supplying equipments. Oxygen masks are available for those who are prone to altitude sickness. In the old city of Lhasa, you will be taken on a guided tour to all the city’s major attractions: Potala Palace, Norbulingka and Jokhang Temple.

If you wish you can extend your trip and take an overland drive to other Tibetan cities or visit the famous Everest base Camp from Rongbuk. From Everest base Camp you can have a close view of the world’s tallest peak Mt.Everest.From there it is just a matter of few kilometres before you cross the border and enter Nepal.

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In Nepal there are scores of activites you can choose from:go trekking in the Himalayan foothills and view some of the world’s highest and magnificent peaks in the world, take a jungle safari in the tropical jungle of Chitwan, raft and ride the powerful rapids of the Bhote Koshi and Trishuli rivers, take a bicycle tour and explore the ancient villages and scenic spots, take a cultural tour and visit the medieval palaces and temples.Nepal has so much to offer and is an ideal destination for vacationers and holiday makers.For adventure seekers and extreme sports lover there is hot air ballooning, paragliding, mountain climbing, bungy jumping and skydiving.

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