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Chengdu And Lhasa Tour: Highlights Of Tibet And Famous Pandas

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Lhasa Tour

Embark on a journey from Chengdu to Lhasa, starting in the vibrant city of Chengdu, known for its Giant Panda Base and rich cultural heritage. Travel aboard the scenic Qinghai-Tibet train, witnessing China’s diverse landscapes. In Lhasa, immerse yourself in Tibetan spirituality and culture with visits to the iconic Potala Palace and sacred Jokhang Temple. Gain a deeper understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and local life through explorations of historical sites and temples.

This journey is not just a trip but an enlightening experience, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, wildlife, and profound cultural insights.

Chengdu to Lhasa Train Tour: A Mesmerizing Journey Through Culture and Nature

An Enthralling Expedition from Chengdu to Tibet

The Chengdu to Lhasa Train Tour presents an extraordinary adventure, beginning in the charming city of Chengdu and transporting you to the mystical lands of Tibet. This tour is a perfect amalgamation of diverse experiences, ranging from the joy of observing giant pandas in Chengdu to the spiritual immersion in the heart of Lhasa. It offers a unique blend of cultural richness, natural beauty, and historical exploration.

Who Should Join: A Tour for Every Traveler

This tour caters to a wide range of travellers, making it an ideal choice for various groups:

  • Families with children can enjoy the engaging and educational aspects of the tour.
  • Seniors will find the tour’s pace and content both comfortable and enlightening.
  • Couples seeking a romantic and culturally rich escape will find this tour appealing.
  • Students and academics interested in delving into the unique Tibetan culture will find ample opportunities for learning.
  • Expatriates living in other Chinese cities looking for an extraordinary travel experience will find this tour refreshing and fulfilling.

Tour Conditions: Comfortable and Accessible

  • Travel Duration: The journey commences with a convenient 2-hour flight from Chengdu to Lhasa.
  • Road Conditions: In Lhasa, major attractions are located in close proximity to each other, ensuring minimal travel time and maximizing exploration.
  • Physical Activity: The tour involves moderate walking and climbing. It is suitable for most fitness levels, but a reasonable degree of physical fitness is recommended due to the high altitude (around 3,650 meters).
  • Customization Options: The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit personal preferences. Options include extending the tour to explore other destinations like Namtso Lake, Gyantse, and Shigatse.
  • Optimal Visiting Times: The tour is available throughout the year. The months of April, May, June, and September are particularly recommended for their pleasant weather. To avoid the peak season rush, advanced booking for July and August is advisable.

A Journey of Discovery and Wonder

The Chengdu to Lhasa Train Tour is more than just a trip; it’s a journey of discovery, offering a deep dive into the heart of Tibetan culture, framed by the backdrop of stunning natural landscapes and historical landmarks. It promises an experience that is both enriching and unforgettable.

Detailed Itinerary: Journey from Chengdu to Lhasa – A Tibetan Odyssey

Day 1: Arrival and Leisure Time in Chengdu

Welcome to Chengdu

Upon your arrival in Chengdu, either by plane or train, your personal Chengdu tour guide will greet you at the station or airport. They will escort you to your pre-booked hotel and assist with the check-in process, ensuring a smooth and comfortable start to your journey.

Exploring Chengdu at Your Leisure

The rest of your first day is free for you to explore Chengdu as you wish. This city, renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and culinary delights, offers a plethora of experiences for every taste and interest. Here are some recommended areas to visit:

  • Jinli Ancient Street: A hub of culture, art, and food in the heart of Chengdu, near the Wuhou Temple Museum. Here, you can enjoy traditional handicrafts, Shu embroidery, and a variety of local snacks and delicacies, including hot pot. Jinli is a small but unique area, a must-visit for anyone in Chengdu. The best time to visit Jinli is in the evening when its night view comes alive. Entry is free.
  • Kuanzhai Alley: Similar to Jinli in its charm, Kuanzhai Alley is known for its architectural style and food street. This area offers a chance to taste Chengdu’s famous snacks and houses many private restaurants, perfect for dining with friends.

Day 2: Chengdu Panda Base and Departure by Train

Morning Visit to Chengdu Panda Base

After breakfast on your own, your guide and driver will pick you up and take you to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base, located in the northern suburbs. Here, you’ll witness China’s beloved national treasure, the giant panda, in various shapes and sizes, from the imposing adults to the charmingly naive young pandas. The morning is the best time to visit, as the pandas are most active and playful.

Exploring Chengdu and Cuisine

Post-visit, you’ll have time to continue exploring Chengdu or indulge in its famous cuisine, such as authentic Sichuan dishes or spicy hot pot.

Evening Train to Lhasa

Your train to Lhasa departs after 9 pm. It’s recommended to arrive at Chengdu Railway Station by 8 pm due to the stringent security checks. Remember to carry your Tibet entry permit and other necessary documents. Meals are provided on the train, but you can also bring your own snacks and fruits for the journey. The train ride, lasting nearly 37 hours, offers an endless panorama of changing landscapes, setting the stage for your Tibetan adventure.

Tips for today:

  • Arrive at the railway station approximately 45 minutes before departure.
  • Bring along some snacks for the train journey.

Day 3: A Scenic Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Train

24 Hours of Train Sightseeing

Your third day is entirely spent aboard the train. After the Chengdu tour guides and drivers see you off onto the train, you’ll be responsible for your own daily arrangements during the journey. We will provide guidance on how to make your train experience comfortable and safe.

Morning in Gansu, Afternoon in Qinghai

After spending the night on the train, you’ll wake up to find yourself in Gansu, northwest China. By noon, you’ll arrive at Xining Railway Station, the starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. In the afternoon, the train travels through Qinghai Province, passing by Qinghai Lake, China’s largest saltwater lake. At sunset, you’ll reach Golmud Railway Station, marking the start of the high-altitude segment of your journey. This is a good time to rest and prepare for the high-altitude experience.

Day 4: Arrival in Lhasa

Morning Arrival at Lhasa Railway Station

On the morning of the fourth day, you’ll arrive at Lhasa Railway Station. Waking up on the train, you’ll pass through Nagqu, offering views of the plateau meadows and the Nyainqentanglha Mountains. You’ll notice the Qinghai-Tibet Highway running parallel to the railway and view traditional small Tibetan villages.

Transfer to Lhasa and Evening Stroll

Upon arrival, our Tibetan tour guides and drivers will be waiting to pick you up. It’s just a half-hour drive to downtown Lhasa. After hotel check-in and a Tibetan lunch, you’ll have time to rest and acclimatize. In the evening, a leisurely stroll around Potala Palace Square is recommended, where you can admire ancient palaces and modern fountains, and see monks in the colourful fountain mist. It’s advisable to return to the hotel early for rest and acclimatization.

Day 5: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Bajiao Street

Morning: Potala Palace Visit

Start your morning with a visit to the Potala Palace, the world’s highest ancient palace complex. Climb the 1,080-step staircase for a stunning view of Lhasa. Inside, a professional tour guide will help you explore this historically rich and spiritually significant site.

Afternoon: Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

In the afternoon, visit the sacred Jokhang Temple, a must-see in Lhasa with over 1,300 years of history. After the visit, take a clockwise circuit around the temple for spiritual fulfilment. Later, wander through Barkhor Street’s handicraft market for souvenirs, or relax in a sweet tea house, savouring the tea and serene atmosphere.

Friendly Reminder

  • Potala Palace tickets are pre-purchased with limited visiting times. We’ll adjust your itinerary accordingly.
  • Security checks are mandatory before entering the Potala Palace. Dangerous items are strictly prohibited, and photography inside is not allowed.

Day 6: Exploring Sera and Drepung Monasteries

Morning: A Refreshing Start Along the Lhasa River

Begin your day with an early morning stroll along the banks of the Lhasa River. Embrace the crystal-clear atmosphere of the city, where the air itself seems imbued with a spiritual essence. This refreshing start in the plateau air is perfect for invigorating your spirit for the day ahead. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely morning and wake up naturally, followed by breakfast.

Visiting Drepung Monastery

After breakfast, join your tour guide for a visit to Drepung Monastery, one of the six major temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery is renowned for its grand Buddha exhibition ceremony, held annually at the end of June and beginning of July according to the Tibetan calendar, as part of the celebrated Shoton Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Afternoon: Sera Monastery and Scripture Debating

In the afternoon, explore Sera Monastery, another primary monastery of the Gelug Sect, known as the place of wild roses. The monastery is named after the wild roses that were said to be in full bloom during its construction. Sera Monastery is famous for its spirited sutra debates, held in the debate garden at the north end of the main entrance passage. Usually starting at 15:00, you can watch these debates and immerse yourself in this unique aspect of Tibetan Buddhism. (Please note that debates may be canceled if there are special temple activities or distinguished guests.)

Evening: Strolling through Lhasa

After your monastery visits, take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Lhasa. In just a few days, you’ve experienced the city’s rich religious history and the tranquil pace of Tibetan life. Reflect on the mysterious and beautiful philosophy that underpins this unique culture.

Day 7: Departure from Lhasa

Final Tour and Departure

On your final day, you’ll have one last opportunity to tour the holy city of Lhasa. Afterwards, travel along the scenic Lhasa Valley to either Gonggar Airport or the train station. This marks the end of your spiritual and cultural journey in Lhasa, filled with memories of a lifetime.

The Chengdu to Lhasa Train Tour is a magnificent expedition that takes you on a multifaceted journey from the vibrant streets of Chengdu to the spiritual heart of Tibet. This meticulously crafted itinerary allows you to experience the unique culture, history, and natural beauty of these two remarkable destinations. Whether you’re a family, a couple, a student, or an expatriate, this tour promises an unforgettable adventure to the Roof of the World.

Discover the intricacies of planning your dream Tibet tour with our comprehensive guide. From what’s included in the tour price to valuable FAQs, we’ve got you covered. Explore Tibet like never before.

Tailor-Made Tours: The Essence of Personalization

  • Customized Itineraries: Tailor-made tours are our speciality. Craft a unique itinerary that matches your interests, pace, and travel dates. Explore Tibet your way, whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or an adventure seeker.
  • Local Insights: Our travel consultants, with their deep local knowledge, can provide insights and suggestions to help you create the perfect journey.
  • Flexibility: Choose when and where to start, where to go, and how long to stay at each destination. Flexibility is your best friend on a tailor-made tour.
  • Private Guides: Enjoy the luxury of a personal guide who tailors the experience to your preferences. Dive deep into Tibetan culture and history with your dedicated expert.

Benefits of Tailor-Made Tours: Why Choose Personalization

  • Exclusive Experiences: Tailor-made tours offer exclusive opportunities, from private audiences with monks to family dinners with locals. You’re not confined to a group schedule.
  • Travel at Your Pace: Experience Tibet on your terms. Spend more time exploring a particular monastery, enjoying the serene beauty of a lake, or simply relaxing in a scenic spot.
  • Local Cuisine: Tailor-made tours allow you to savour the authentic flavours of Tibet. Indulge in local cuisine at traditional restaurants, tailored to your taste.
  • Avoid the Crowds: Smaller, tailor-made groups offer the advantage of experiencing Tibet’s treasures with fewer tourists around.

Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

  • Travel Documents: Includes all necessary Tibet travel and approval documents.
  • Attraction Tickets: All itinerary attraction tickets are covered.
  • Guide and Driver: Experienced English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms in three-star hotels, upgrades available.
  • Transport: Local travel and airport/train station transfers included.
  • Meals: Hotel-provided buffet breakfasts.
  • Insurance: Travel accident insurance for the trip.
  • Driver & Guide Expenses: Their meals, accommodation, and travel costs.

What’s excluded in this price?

  • Single Room Fee: Additional cost for single room occupants.
  • Visa Costs: For Chinese visa or group visa from Kathmandu.
  • Major Transport: Flights and trains to/from Tibet (booking service available).
  • Other Meals: Meals beyond the provided breakfasts.
  • Tips: Optional for guides and drivers.
  • Unforeseen Expenses: Costs from force majeure events or personal reasons.
  • Personal Spending: Anything not listed in the included fees.

Tibet Entry Letter Processing

  • Who Needs to Apply:  Foreign tourists, Taiwan
  • Required Documents: Passport, Chinese visa, Home Return Card for Taiwanese.
  • Application Fee: Free for group participants.
  • Processing Time: 7-14 working days. Submit applications at least 1 month in advance.

Altitude and Altitude Sickness

  • Elevations: Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), Everest (5,200m), Namtso (4,900m)
  • Health Considerations: Assess your health, especially if you have mobility issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
  • Adaptation: Usually takes 1-3 days. Inform your guide in case of severe discomfort.

Elevation of Major Cities in Tibet

Tibetan Toilets

  • Urban Hotels: Western-style toilets, clean and hygienic.
  • Scenic Areas: Mostly flush squat toilets; some non-flush dry toilets.
  • Remote Areas: Squat toilets in towns and hotels; find natural cover in uninhabited areas.

Tibet Weather and Clothing

  • Climate: Variable weather with significant day-night temperature differences. Rainy in summer, sunny in other seasons.
  • Dressing Method: Layered clothing is recommended. Adjust layers according to the season and weather.

Transportation to Tibet

  • Train: Qinghai-Tibet Railway; limited sleepers, difficult to book in peak season.
  • Flight: Direct flights to Lhasa or Nyingchi; altitude sickness similar to train travel. Off-season airfare discounts were available.

Tibetan Food

  • Variety: Chinese, Western, Tibetan, and Nepalese options available in cities.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Distinct flavour, different from mainland Chinese food.
  • Vegetarian Options: Available in cities and during travel.
  • Meals: Only hotel breakfast is included in the tour fee. Other meals are at your discretion.

Value for Money

A Journey Worth Every Penny

The journey you embark on with us is more than just a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. While we believe that such an adventure is beyond any price tag, we also understand the importance of value for those planning their dream tour.

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for the Best Deal

 When evaluating tour options, it’s crucial to compare apples to apples. Our tours are meticulously crafted to provide a comprehensive experience of Tibet’s rich culture, profound history, and breathtaking beauty, all at a price that’s as reasonable as it is rewarding.

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One of the best strategies to make the most of your budget is to travel in a group. The larger the group, the lower the cost per person. This is especially beneficial for solo travellers – consider joining one of our group tours for both companionship and savings. For more details, our travel consultants are just a message away.

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Early birds do get the best deals! To lock in the most favourable rates, we highly recommend contacting us at least one month prior to your intended departure date. This helps secure a better price and ensures a smoother planning process for your Tibetan adventure.


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Can I Cancel My Tailor-Made Tour?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your tailor-made tour. However, be aware that cancellation charges will be applied as per the Tour Tibet cancellation policy. For detailed information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Can I Arrange My Tibet Tour on My Own? Is It Easier and Cheaper?

Arranging a Tibet tour independently is not possible due to the need for a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is mandatory and must be obtained through a local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I Talk to a Travel Consultant in Person?

Absolutely! We encourage our clients to visit our office and discuss their travel plans directly with our travel consultants. Together, we can tailor your Tibet tour to fit your preferences and requirements.

How Can I Make the Payment?

Once you are happy with your tour arrangements and have confirmed your booking, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required. This deposit can be paid through PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, or Wire Transfer. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.

Do I Have to Travel on Certain Dates?

No, you don’t. Our tours are fully customizable, allowing you to choose any travel date that suits you (subject to flight availability). The itineraries on our website are samples, and you’re free to modify any aspect to match your personal preferences. Your travel consultant is here to assist and guide you through the process.

Do I Need to Travel as Part of a Group?

Not necessarily. Our tailor-made trips are designed on an individual basis, meaning you have the flexibility to plan your itinerary according to your own interests and pace. However, if you are interested in a group experience, we offer small group tours limited to a maximum of 16 people.
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