Remote Lands Offers the Perfect Complement to the China 2008 Olympic Experience

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As travelers begin to craft their plans for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a customized itinerary from Remote Lands, Inc. provides the perfect bookends to the excitement of the games. As America's only luxury travel designer focused exclusively on Asia, Remote Lands creates inimitable itineraries, taking the discerning traveler to such far-flung Chinese destinations as Dunhuang, Kashgar and Wulingyuan where few Western tourists visit. Beyond the bustle of large metropolitan areas such as Beijing and Shanghai, travelers are sure to experience China in a truly intimate, enriching way. All-inclusive journeys to China begin at $1,000 per person per day plus international airfare, and go up from there depending on private jet charters, helicopters, and personal staff including private chefs, photographers and other professionals.

As travelers begin to craft their plans for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a customized itinerary from Remote Lands, Inc. provides the perfect bookends to the excitement of the games. As America's only luxury travel designer focused exclusively on Asia, Remote Lands creates inimitable itineraries, taking the discerning traveler to such far-flung Chinese destinations as Dunhuang, Kashgar and Wulingyuan where few Western tourists visit. Beyond the bustle of large metropolitan areas such as Beijing and Shanghai, travelers are sure to experience China in a truly intimate, enriching way. All-inclusive journeys to China begin at $1,000 per person per day plus international airfare, and go up from there depending on private jet charters, helicopters, and personal staff including private chefs, photographers and other professionals.

Travelers may choose to begin their Chinese experience in the desert town of Dunhuang, on the shores of picturesque Crescent Lake and home to the Magao Caves. Remote Lands can arrange for a tour of caves typically closed to the general public, complete with a private viewing of the Diamond Sutra, the world's earliest printed book in scroll form. The spectacular surrounding mountain passes can be explored by foot or on horseback, or instead travelers can opt for a once-in-a-lifetime camel excursion. A highlight of the Remote Lands Dunhuang experience is to travel in an elaborate camel caravan into the serene Taklamakan desert for an unforgettable outdoor dinner as the sun sets.

Kashgar, set at the base of the Tian Shan mountain range, is a striking city at the nexus of the Northern and Southern sections of the Silk Road. Home to the largest mosque in China as well as the elaborate tomb of Abakh Khoja, Kashgar's famous Sunday Market is the largest open-air market in the world and is a stunning must-see cacophony of noise and color. Remote Lands can arrange for a stay outside of Kashgar in a Tajik yurt, offering travelers the opportunity to see this remote destination through the eyes of the indigenous population. Travelers will enjoy an intimate dinner of lamb kebabs and traditional homemade bread with the hosting family while learning more about their nomadic lifestyle.

The spectacular quartzite sandstone pillars, some over 650 feet in height, mark the sweeping landscape surrounding Wulingyuan. The rare adventurer fortunate enough to discover the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site can enjoy private tours of the Suoxi Valley arranged by Remote Lands. The company will also have a personal chef accompany travelers high into the Tianzi mountain range for an intimate picnic on an isolated peak. The incredible beauty of nearby Zhangjiajie National Forest Park can be explored where Remote Lands will have a local guide explain the importance of this natural habitat, sheltering a number of endangered plant and animal species.

Zhongdian offers travelers the ideal window into experiencing Tibetan Buddhist culture. Nestled on the Tibetan border, Zhongdian is home to the Rhingha temple, where Remote Lands provides personalized prayer flags to be hung in honor of their guests. Dinner in a local home can be enjoyed, where traditional delicacies include yak butter tea and stewed yak meat. During a visit to the Zong Gu monastery, home to the world's largest prayer wheel, Remote Lands guests can avail themselves of the unique opportunity for an unforgettable private audience with one of the resident monks in his quarters and receive a private blessing. In the evening, join the locals in the village square, where they create an expansive spiral pattern as they dance their way well into the night.    

For inquiries or to make reservations, call (646) 415-8092 or visit http://www.remotelands.com.

About Remote Lands
Remote Lands, Inc. is a midtown Manhattan-based provider of Asian luxury bespoke travel. The company specializes in extraordinary experiences in magical, far-flung destinations and insider access to exceptional people and exclusive events. The venture capital-backed company was founded by seasoned business and travel entrepreneurs Catherine Heald and Jay Tindall, both of whom have lived, worked and traveled all over the world. Remote Lands actively promotes socially responsible tourism that strives to bring an understanding of other cultures and helps to preserve their way of life. Five percent of the company's profits go directly to local charities in developing countries. For more information please visit http://www.remotelands.com.

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