Shanghai Tibet Train Tour

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Travel to Tibet by taking the Shanghai-Lhasa Train Z164 (20:10-19:20). The train departs every day from Shanghai Railway Station and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station on the third day after about 47hrs on the train. The train in total covers a distance of 4373km. Its operational speed is 120 km/h, 100 km/h over sections laid on permafrost. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is known as the "Sky Road", the scenery along the way is really fantastic. The train will go through Ningxia’s Shapotou, along with the winding Yellow River across the area. After that, pass the Kunlun snowcapped mountains, Tanggula mountains, Tuotuo River, Hoh Xil and finally arrive in the “City of Sunlight” --- Lhasa.

1 Train Shanghai-Lhasa
2 In the train
3 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
4 Lhasa sightseeing
5 Lhasa sightseeing
6 Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs
7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs
8 Lhasa departure
Day 1 Train Shanghai-Lhasa

Please go to the Shanghai Railway Station on your own and you’d better reach there 2 hours before departure. Usually, you need to show your original passport, the booking number & the Tibet permit (maybe 1 copy will be kept by the conductor) to pick up the train ticket at the ticket window. Your travel consultant will send you the copy of the Tibet permit at least several days in advance and you need to print it out (3 copies are highly recommended) to bring with you. You may also need to show the permit to get on the train.

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Day 2 In the train

You will be addicted to the beautiful scenery along the train tour, like the massive deserts, the immense grasslands, vast valleys, snow-capped Mountains picturesque lakes and flocks of yaks and sheep.

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Day 3 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Railway Station, it usually takes abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4 Lhasa sightseeing

Today's tour will begin to visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa; Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since from a long time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to the tourist gift shopping center. Finally, we’ll go to the Tibetan Carpet Workshop to learn how the Tibetan Carpet is made.

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The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is regarded as the holiest object in Tibet.
Day 5 Lhasa sightseeing

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday.

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Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
Day 6 Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. About two hours away from Yamdrok Lake is Karola Glacier. It isn’t a big glacier, but the white glacier is spectacular from the highway, and it is close enough (about 300 yards) to walk to from the highway. Arrival at Gyantse, you visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede Monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only you ll known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

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Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs

In the morning, drive to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery which is founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.

After that, we transfer to Yungdrungling Monastery. It is one of the few remaining Bon Monastery's remaining in Tibet. Often referred to as the original religion of Tibet, it came about during the 11th century. The Monastery is rather small but in a wonderful setting with only a few monks to maintain the many valuable Bon writings. This is a great side trip when traveling between Lhasa and Shigatse.

Today's sightseeing will end on visiting the Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo. There still keeps a natural way to make incense and this intact craftsmanship can trace back to 1300 years ago, which is listed as state-level intangible cultural heritage. Walking along streams and bridges, there are many spots for visitors to experience its procedures.

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Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Like most Tibetan monasteries, Yungdrungling Monastery was built under a hill.
Day 8 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a train tour to Tibet. This idea is really good. Taking a train from Beijing/Shanghai to Lhasa is a very popular way to get to Tibet, and this is an effective gradual adaptation to high altitude. In addition, the scenery along the way is wonderful. It is quite worth experiencing.  We can organize the train ticket reservation, guide, vehicle, permits handling, etc. for you. Can you please double confirm Beijing or Shanghai you would like to start? And how many days in total you would like to spend? I would like to prepare an itinerary for you accordingly in my next email.

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Is it possible for you to arrange 1. Purchase of 4 soft sleeper berths in same cabin (We only two adults but would purchase 4 berths so we could have a cabin to ourselves) 2. Purchase of required permits and license 3. Flights from Lhasa to Shanghai 4. One day tour of Shanghai Please tell me if these things can be arranged by you and how much for two people this would be.



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a day tour in Shanghai and take a train to Lhasa to have your 6 days tour. We can arrange this tour including Shanghai and Tibet for you. May I know your nationality? For your quesitons, I would like to answer one by one, 1. Purchase of 4 soft sleeper berths in same cabin (We only two adults but would purchase 4 berths so we could have a cabin to ourselves) We can help you book the soft sleeper train tickets from Shanghai to Lhasa. Could you please let me know when would you like to have this trip? I will check if we can book the four berths in a cabin. 2. Purchase of required permits and license We will handle all the necessary Tibet permits for you after you book a tour with us. We offer this service as a free of charge. What you need to do is to send us a copy of your passport and China Visa by email if you will enter Tibet from mainland China. 3. Flights from Lhasa to Shanghai Yes, we can help you book the air tickets from Lhasa to Shanghai. Please let me know your time. 4. One day tour of Shanghai Please tell me if these things can be arranged by you and how much for two people this would be. Yes, we can arrange one day tour in Shanghai for you. May I know your prefered accommodation, 3-star hotel or 4-star hotel? I would like to quote for you in my next email accordingly.



We are family of 4 with 2 teenagers. Like to enjoy the train trip and Lhasa sightseeing. The Gyantse tour may be omitted for us.



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to enjoy the train trip and Lhasa sightseeing. Also, you referred that you would omit the Gyantse tour for you. So the train trip + Lhasa city essential tour is for you. And, we can arrange the train tickets from Shanghai to Lhasa. 

Before I quote you, could you please let me know the following info,

1. When are you going to have a Tibet tour? Different season, different cost.
2. What kind of accommodation do you prefer? The comfortable (4-star) or economy class (3-star) hotel?
3. Do you need a family suite or twin rooms?



Please send price list for this trip in September and October using the soft sleeper train compartment.



In your inquiry, you mentioned four of you would like to have the 8 Days Shanghai Tibet Train Tour. 

We can purchase train tickets for you. 

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel.



Hi. How much is the all inclusive price, for hotels, train nd tours, etc. for 2 as private and how much as part of a small group please.



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