Why Take a Hong Kong Tibet Tour?
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Hong Kong is known as Asia's World City, and travelers can easily arrive in Hong Kong by air. There are numerous international and domestic airlines available to enter China and transfer to Tibet from Hong Kong. Before flying to Tibet from Hong Kong, you can fly to visit cities in China, such as Guilin, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Kunming, Chengdu, and more. For those interested in a Hong Kong Tibet Train Tour, Xining is the preferred choice for most travelers to reach Lhasa by train. Xining is the start point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and the quickest train currently available takes only 21.5 hours and offers incredible scenery. Please contact us to plan your Hong Kong Tibet Tours.
Due to its high altitude of over 3,650 meters, high altitude sickness can be a concern for travelers visiting Lhasa. However, don't worry - most travelers are able to adjust to the altitude and experience Lhasa without any issues.
Here are some tips to help prevent and manage altitude sickness during your Lhasa tour:
(1) Acclimatize slowly: It's important to acclimatize gradually to the high altitude by spending a few days in Lhasa before undertaking any strenuous activities. This will give your body time to adjust to the thinner air and lower oxygen levels.
(2) Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and other fluids to avoid dehydration, which can worsen altitude sickness symptoms.
(3) Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine: These substances can dehydrate you and make it more difficult for your body to acclimatize to the high altitude.
(4) Eat light and healthy meals: Eat light, nutritious meals to help your body adjust to the high altitude and avoid heavy or greasy foods that can make you feel more sluggish.
(5) Take medication: Medications such as acetazolamide (Diamox) can help prevent altitude sickness by increasing ventilation and reducing fluid buildup in the lungs. However, it's important to consult with a doctor before taking any medication for altitude sickness.
(6) Rest: Take breaks and rest often during your Lhasa tour to give your body time to adjust and avoid overexertion.
There are usually two ways to get to Lhasa , depending on your starting point and travel preferences.
(1) By Air: You can fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport from major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Guangzhou, as well as from some international destinations such as Kathmandu, Nepal. The airport is located about 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) from Lhasa and can be reached by taxi or bus.
(2) by train The Qinghai-Tibet Railway connects Lhasa with several major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, and Xining. The train journey is a popular way to reach Lhasa as it offers stunning views of the Tibetan plateau and the Himalayan mountain range. However, the journey can take several days, so it's important to plan accordingly.
Once you arrive in Lhasa, our team at Asia Odyssey Travel will be there to greet you with English-speaking guides and experienced drivers. We'll escort you from the airport or train station to your hotels in Lhasa.
The best time to visit Lhasa is during the spring and autumn months, from April to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather in Lhasa is mild and pleasant, with clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures. Summer, from June to August, can be rainy, and the region can get crowded with tourists. However, it's a great time to witness traditional Tibetan festivals, like Shoton Festival and explore the stunning natural beauty of this mysterious land.
All foreign travelers are required to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit to visit Lhasa and Tibet. The permit can only be applied for through a registered travel agency in Tibet (we are local based Tibet travel agency with office setting in Lhasa) and is required to purchase flight or train tickets to Tibet. Travelers should plan ahead and allow sufficient time for the permit application process, as it can take two weeks to obtain the necessary permits.
There are several train stations in Tibet that are served by the Qinghai-Tibet Railway . For traveller who want to enjoy a nice jouney in Tibet would like to take the trains connect with Shigatse, Lhasa , and Nyingzhi.
1. Lhasa Railway Station
Lhasa Railway Station is located in the capital city of Lhasa. This station serves as the terminal station for the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and offers connections to other cities in Tibet, such as Shigatse (2.5 hours) and Nyingchi (4 hours). It also offers connections to other parts of China.
2. Shigatse Railway Station
Shigatse Railway Station is located in the city of Shigatse. This station offer convenient connections to Lhsasa and provide access to popular tourist destinations, such as Perklor Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongpuk Monastery, and Mount Everest. It takea about 2.5 hours to reach Lhasa from Shigatse by train.
3. Nyingchi Railway Station
Nyingchi Railway Station is located in the city of Nyingchi, which is known for its stunning natural scenery and biodiversity. It takea about 4 hours to reach Lhasa from Nyingchi by train. This train journey is one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, passing through breathtaking landscapes of snow-capped mountains, deep river valleys, and pristine forests.
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Xining is capital of Qinghai province and is well connected by air and high speed rail. You can arrive in Xining by either train or flight, depending on your preference and location.
There is a Xining Caojiapu international airport operating many international and domestic airlines. Travelers can go to Xining by air directly from most cities of China, like Beijing (2.5 hours), Xian (1.5 hours), Chengdu (1.5 - 2 hours), Shanghai (3 hours), Lhasa (2.5 hours), Hangzhou (3 hours)...
There are two main train stations in Xining: Xining Railway Station and Xining West Railway Station. Both train stations offer convenient connections to various destinations in China, including Tibet via the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.You can take the high speed train to Xining from Xian (5.5 - 6 hours), Langzhou (2.5 - 3.5 hours), Chengdu (10.5 hours), etc.
By Train or by Flights? Both options are convenient and comfortable, and the choice between them depends on your personal preference and travel plans.
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TheQinghai-Tibet Railway means the train journey from Xining to Lhasa which is one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.Take the train from Xining to Tibet, you will passing through vast grasslands, snow-capped mountains, high-altitude lakes, yaks and herders’ tents, and barren deserts. Keep your eyes peeled throughout the journey for antelope, foxes, and Kiang, plus the occasional nomad.
There is even a popular song in China called “Take a train to Lhasa”. Listen to the beautiful songs during a train journey from Xining to Lhasa (about 21.5 hours by train) to appreciate the charming beauty of the Tibetan Plateau.
The train from Xining to Tibet offers a comfortable and scenic way to travel through the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It provides a unique and unforgettable travel experience. Here are some facilities equipped on the train from Xining to Lhasa/Tibet:
1.Sleeping Berths: The train has four types of sleeping options, including soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft seat, and hard seat.
2.Dining cars: The train offers a variety of meals, snacks, and beverages in dining cars. If Chinese and Tibetan dishes is not to your taste, you can bring some instant food.
3.Toilets/Restrooms: The train has both Western-style and squat-style toilets available in each soft sleeper carriage. However, passengers should be prepared for their towels, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.
4.Oxygen supply systems: The train is equipped with oxygen supply systems and supplemental oxygen to help passengers adjust to the high altitude.
5.Observation decks:Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Tibetan Plateau.
Yes, it is absolutely safe to take the train to from Xining to Tibet. The crime rates in the train are notably low. The train is equipped with modern safety features, including fire alarms, smoke detectors, and security cameras. Additionally, the train staff undergoes regular safety training to ensure the safety of passengers.
Extending 1,956 kilometers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway connects, Xining (2,200m), capital of Qinghai Province, and Lhasa (3,650m), capital of Tibet. The train from Xining to Lhasa runs at an altitude of 4,000m above sea level, and the highest point is 5,072 m. For Xining Tibet Tours, you will usually spend a night in Xining, which is at 2,200m above sea level. This will help you adjust to the altitude before boarding the train.
Besides, taking the train via the Qinghai-Tibet Railway can actually help alleviate altitude sickness. The train is equipped with oxygen supply systems and pressurized carriages, which can regulate air pressure and provide additional oxygen to passengers.
Due to the high altitude, it is advisable to undergo a physical examination before traveling to Tibet. Be sure to let your companions or the train staff know whenever you feel unwell or need help. The people there are always willing to assist and are experienced in dealing with altitude. Most of our guests who finished their Xining Tibet Tour did not suffering altitude sickness.
Xining is the starting point of the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway , annd it is convenient to reach Xining from other cities by air or bullet train. Furthermore, taking a Tibet train from Xining to Lhasa is the quickest way to experience the best Train Journey to Tibet. Therefore, Train Tickets from Xining to Lhasa are very popular, expecially during peak season, when the demand for train tickets can far exceeds the supply. However, we will manage to secure the ticket. Contact AOT Team ahead of the time, and we will try our best to ensure you a lifetime memory on your train journey to Tibet from Xining.
As a foreigner who wants to do a Tibet Tour , it is essential to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit (TTB permit; Lhasa) before entering Tibet for travel. If your tour in Tibet covers areas beyond Lhasa, aditional permits for Tibet are required, such as the Aliens' Travel Permit (PSB Permit; Shigatse, Mount Everest Base Camp), and Military Travel Permit (Shannan, Kailash). You can contact AOT Team for all the Tibet Permits you need for free and enjoy a worry-free trip with us. Your guide in Xining can help to arragne your train boarding with your Tibet permit.