Your journey to Lhasa starts with a breathtaking flight over the Eastern Himalayas abroad China Southwest Airline's aircraft. Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt Makalu (8478m), Kanchenjunga (8585m) and a host of other high Himalayan peaks should be visible on a clear day as the aircraft wings first east and then north to Lhasa. The flight time is short-only 55 minutes. Three days in Lhasa allow you to explore the wonders of soaring and gilded palaces, temples and monasteries that are treasures of both religion and art. More importantly however, is that they symbolize the grand cultural mix that is today's Lhasa -a vibrant growing city.