Archive for : March, 2018

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Beijing to Lhasa Train

Since the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway opened in 2006, travelers can conveniently board it from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Xining. As the capital of China, Beijing is a modern metropolis with age-old history. Have a Tibet train tour from Beijing is conveniently and rewarding.

The train Z21 depart from Beijing for Lhasa while Z22 depart from Lhasa to Beijing. Covers a distance of 3, 757 kilometers, 1,110 kilometers of which is on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the journey takes about 40 hours in total. The train leaves Beijing at 20:00 every day, and arrive in Lhasa at 12:10 after 2 days.

Two classes of cabins are available in the train, soft sleeper cabin, and hard sleeper cabin. The ticket for a soft sleeper berth costs CNY1, 144, and for hard sleeper one costs CNY720. Travelers tend to choose soft sleeper cabins for a more comfortable berth and more privacy. The train is equipped with oxygen system and modern facility, you can enjoy high-level service on it. In every soft sleeper carriage, you will find a western toilet, a washing basin, and your private berth with reading light. A soft sleeper compartment will be shared by 4 travelers, while you should share the compartment with 5 other travelers if you choose the hard sleeper cabin.

Food and drink are available from dining car and food trolleys, however, foods on the train are expensive. Hot water is supplied for free, you can take some instant noodles and coffee.

40 hours is really a long journey, however, there are some stopovers along the railway. You can get off the train, stretch legs, and buy some food from vendors on the platform. The train will stop in Lanzhou for about 15 minutes, get off the train and have a quick view of this city is worthy. The train will stop in Xining for about 20 minutes, which is the capital city of Qinghai Province, the start station of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and the home to Qinghai Lake. During you Tibet train tour, you will have a marvelous view of Qinghai Lake, the largest salt lake in China, through the window. At Golmud Train Station, the train will stop for about 25 minutes. You may see Tibetan antelopes in the distance in Golmud.

Before you depart from Beijing, you can spend some days in this historical city. As the capital of modern China, Beijing is the most popular destination for international travelers to China. The splendid Forbidden City, which was the palace of ancient emperors, is now a museum filled with precious artworks and excellent structures. You’re free to experience the long history of China without any forbiddance. The majestic Temple of Heaven and the elegant Summer Palace are all attractive scenic sites. Spending a day to hike the Great Wall, and spending a night to watch Beijing Opera Show, you will add some unforgettable highlights to your Beijing Tibet tour.

Once arrive in Tibet, travel guide and driver will meet you at the Lhasa Train Station and take you to the hotel. After a tiring long journey and get to a high altitude, you need enough rest. Enjoy a sweet sleep at our hand-picked hotel, and you are going to explore the mysterious land during following days.

In Lhasa, our tour will take you to the splendid Potala Place, the sacred Jokhang Temple, and the busy Barkhor Street. After you have fulfilled your eyes in this 1, 300 years’ old ancient city, you can also extend your journey to remote areas of Tibet. Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, and three holy lakes are waiting for your admiration. We offer various Tibet tour packages with different itineraries to meet travelers’ requirements.

To have a Beijing Lhasa train tour and enjoy a high-level Tibet travel experience, contact us. We are expert in Tibet tour and always ready to help.

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Tibet Train Ticket

Tibet train tour attracts more and more travelers every day. To board the train to Tibet, you should book a Tibet train ticket. You can book it by yourself online, and a local travel agency can also book it for you.

For most travelers who travel to Lhasa along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the best choice is the soft sleeper cabin. As a result, the tickets are always in large demand and sell fast. You’d better contact a travel agency at least one month before your departure and they will book one for you in advance. Don’t worry, your ticket is guaranteed.

Every child should be accompanied by an adult, children under 1.1 meters can board the train for free, while who above 1.1 meters but under 1.4 meters can enjoy a discounted ticket. Since there are two classes of cabins, the price for hard sleeper cabins and soft sleeper cabins are different. With better berths and more privacy, soft sleeper cabins cost more.

There are two kinds of train tickets, pink paper ticket and blue magnetic ticket. If you buy your ticket from the ticket window, you will get the pink one, while the ticket from auto buyers is the blue one.

As the highest railway in the world, Qinghai-Tibet railway owns a marvelous maximum altitude of 5, 068 meters, passes breathtaking scenic sites and ranges of mountains. You can board the train to Tibet in major cities of China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xining, Xian, Lanzhou, Chengdu, and Chongqing. From Lhasa, the railway even extends to Shigatse.

The train Z21 and Z22 connect Beijing with Lhasa. You can board the train at Beijing West Train Station at 20:10, and arrive in Lhasa after about 40 hours. The price for soft sleeper ticket is CNY 1, 144 while for hard sleeper one it CNY 720.

As a metropolis of China, you can also board the train in Shanghai. Every day, the train Z164 depart from Shanghai at 20:10 and arrive in Lhasa after about 47 hours. Train Z166 depart from Lhasa for Shanghai, which makes the Tibet train tour more flexible. Soft sleeper ticket costs CNY1, 263 and hard sleeper ticket costs CNY794.

Guangzhou offers the longest Tibet train tour, which takes about 54 hours and provides you the scenery from east to west of China. Z264 depart from Guangzhou while Z266 depart from Lhasa. Soft sleeper ticket takes CNY 1, 468 while hard sleeper ones take CNY865.

Chengdu is the gateway to Tibet, offers the most available tickets. Z322 depart from Chengdu every other day and arrive in Lhasa after 36 hours. The soft sleeper cabin costs CNY997.5 per person and hard sleeper cabin costs CNY627.5.

Xining is the capital of Qinghai, and it’s the start point of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. About 6 trains leave Xining for Lhasa every day, it means that your Tibet tour from Xining will be flexible. The journey only takes about 22 hours and will offer you the best scenery of Qinghai-Tibet plateau. The ticket for soft sleeper costs CNY781 and for hard sleeper costs CNY 495.

However, the price is only the net price, tickets are not always available at those prices. It varies according to the season and demand, you’d better contact a travel agency in advance.

There’s no need to attract you by describing the snow-capped mountains, crystal lakes, and tranquil pastures dotted with yaks along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Your Tibet train tour with us will be absolutely unforgettable.

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Tibet Train Food

Travel to Tibet by train is a long journey, which may take two days and two nights at most. Travelers always concern about food and drink during the tour, I’ll show you some details and advice about food on Tibet trains.

There’s a dining car in the train with 44 seats, usually on the seventh coach which is next to the soft sleeper carriage. It serves three meals every day at the meal time, and drinks are always available even during the non-mean time.

As an ideal place to view the scenery, you can buy a cup of tea or a beer to get a seat in the dining car and kill time by enjoying marvelous landscapes.

However, food on the train is much more expensive than in common restaurants. You can choose Chinese dishes and Tibetan dishes, and Tibetan dishes are popular with travelers. In the morning, eggs, bread, and milk are available for breakfast, costs CNY10. Noodles, such as Snow Vegetable Noodle and Beef Noodle are also served.

45 dishes are available if you want to taste have a meal on the train, with 8 Tibetan dishes. A vegetable dish, such as Scrambled Egg with Tomato, costs about CNY25, and a meat dish costs about CNY40. The price of dishes various from CNY20 to CNY50 and a meal for two person costs about CNY100. Different train offer different menus, for example, if you take the train depart from Chengdu or Chongqing, you can enjoy Sichuan cuisine. However, dishes are expensive with low quality, you should lower your expectancy when you eat on the train.

For a more economical meal, you can choose boxed lunches. It will be sold by a trolley to your cabin, which costs CNY25. All of them are Chinese cuisines, include 3 dishes with rice, vegetable, and meat. Fruit trolley and snack trolley will also pass your cabin from time to time, you can buy fruit, snack, and drink from them.

In a word, various foods are available on the Tibet train. Since foods are expensive, you’re suggested to bring some snacks, fruits, instant noodles and coffees with you. Before you board the train, you can buy them in supermarkets with a reasonable price. Hot water is served for free on the train, you can make your instant noodles and coffee with it.

When the train stops at stations during the long journey, you will see vendors on the platform. You can buy snacks and fruits from them but do it as quick as possible because the train won’t stop for a long time.

Although foods on the train are expensive, a Tibet train tour is rewarding and worthy. Along the railway, you will enjoy the beautiful Qinghai-Tibet plateau with the scenery of snow-capped mountains, pure lakes, pastures dotted with yaks and blooming flowers on the grasslands.

To enjoy an unforgettable travel experience in Tibet, you’re suggested to contact us. Located in Lhasa and has 13 years’ experience, we offer tailor-made Tibet train tour packages depart from different cities. Travel to Tibet from China, you can have a sightseeing in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Xian, enjoy traditional culture in mainland cities of China, and transmit along the famous railway to the holy snowland. It’s time to realize your Tibet dream.

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Tibet Train to Lhasa

Famous as the highest railway in the world, Qinghai-Tibet Railway attracted numerous travelers since its opening in 2006. Take a Tibet train to Lhasa means to travel along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. The railway connects Lhasa with Xining, and you can board the train to Lhasa at train stations in major cities of China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Lanzhou, and Xining.

 

Qinghai-Tibet railway starts in Xining, Qinghai and ends in Lhasa, Tibet. The railway covers a distance of 1, 956 kilometers, passes Delhi, Golmud, Amdo, Tanggula, Nagqu, and Damxung, and extends to Shigatse, Gyirong, and Yadong from Lhasa. The top speed of the train from Xining to Golmud is 140 km/h, while from Golumd to Lhasa is 100 km/h in permafrost area and 120 km/h in the non-permafrost area. It’s not only the highest railway but also the longest built on a plateau with the longest track on the permafrost. At present, it’s the only railway to Lhasa and makes Tibet tour more convenient and flexible.

 

Along the railway, you can enjoy breathtaking landscape of snow-capped mountains, peaceful pastures with flocks, turquoise lakes shine under the sunlight, blooming flowers, and massive wilderness. From 2, 295 meters above sea level to 3, 658 meters above sea level, you’ll enjoy the most stunning scenery. Through the window, you will clearly see the Qinghai Lake, the Kunlun Range, the Tanggula Range, and the origin of Yangtze River. Rare animals, such as Tibetan antelopes will be seen in the distance. Enjoying both plateau scenery as well as alpine scenery, this journey will be an unforgettable memory of your lifetime. Have a Tibet train tour is rewarding.

 

The train is equipped with modern facility, and you can enjoy high-level service, which will provide you a wonderful travel experience. If you choose the more comfortable soft sleeper cabin, you can enjoy a soft bed with private reading light and tablet. The room is shared by 4 travelers, every room owns a western toilet and a washing basin. The whole train is equipped with oxygen system, you’ll never be lack of oxygen in the cabin. Food and drink are supported in the dining car, you can also bring some food with you. Both cool and hot drinking water is always available for free.

Travel to Lhasa by train is popular with domestic and international travelers so that the tickets are usually in large demand. It’s hard to get a ticket if you haven’t booked one in advance. Numerous travelers flood into Tibet, especially in summer and autumn. If you want to take the Tibet train to Lhasa, you’d better book your tour at least one month before your departure. However, tickets during high season will be more expensive. To enjoy a high-level Tibet tour without annoying and confusing booking, you can book a tour from us. We will manage the tickets for you and you’ll never miss the marvelous beauty of Tibet.

 

Once arrive at Lhasa Railway Station, Tibetan travel guide and driver will meet you and transmit you to the hotel. After a good rest, you will enjoy the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street in Lhasa, and even travel to Mount Everest and Mount Kailash in remote areas of Tibet.

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Soft Sleeper on Tibet Train

You may have checked numerous guidebooks and heard many suggestions from travel consultants and finally figured out that travel to Tibet by train is rewarding. If you’re planning a train tour to Tibet, you will absolutely be suggested to choose soft sleeper cabins. To find out its advantages and learn more about cabins of the train, I’ll show you some details about the soft sleeper on Tibet train.

The train journey to Tibet is a long one. If you depart from Guangzhou, which is the longest route to Tibet, about 54 hours are needed to cover the distance of 4, 980 kilometers. Staying in the train for two days and two nights, you have to pay attention to your comfort and privacy.

On every train to Tibet, there are 2 soft sleeper cars. Each car has 8 cabins with 4 bed, which means a cabin offers 32 berths while a train offers 64 berths in total. Travelers in a soft sleeper cabin will share the room with 3 other travelers. If you’re uncomfortable with sharing a room with opposite-sex travelers, you can ask conductors for help and change into an all-female or all-male cabin. The size of your bed is 85*200 cm, which can bear a weight of 300 Kg. It’s not very big but can offer most travelers an average rest. Compared with hard sleeper cabins, soft sleeper cabins are more private because its door can be closed. Hard sleeper cabins only offer half-opened doors, you may be uncomfortable with that.

You can find a personal reading light and an oxygen outlet of your berth. During the long journey, especially at night, you can read books and magazines to kill time. The train is equipped with oxygen system, and when the altitude sickness takes place, you can use your oxygen outlet. There’s no need to worry about your health.

The soft sleeper cabins are equipped with modern facilities, you can enjoy a peaceful, comfortable and private journey in them. On your berth, you can find quilt, pillow, sheet and a small table. To supply your phone, plugs are also available (a Chinese plug adapter is needed). In the room, you can share a small TV with other travelers, however, only local programs are available.

Ever soft sleeper cabin offers a large luggage closet above the door, travelers can put small luggage there. For larger luggage, you can put them under your berth. What’s more, take care of your valuable items, especially your Tibet Travel Permit.

Every cabin has a western toilet with a washing basin, another basin is available at the end of the cabin. There’s no toilet paper in any toilet, do bring your own toilet papers.

Food and drink are available in the train, but they are not for free. However, drinking water is supplied and you don’t need to pay for it. Both hot water and cool water are available, never drink water from the washing basin.

For smokers, smoking is not allowed in the cabins as well as the toilets. Smoking areas are at the end of the carriage, you can smoke there if you want.

Travel to Tibet by train will not only offer you a lower risk of suffering from altitude sickness but also provide you breathtaking landscapes. To have a rewarding Tibet travel experience, you can contact us. With 13 years’ experience in running tours in Tibet, we are expert in Tibet tours. Don’t hesitate, we will help you realize your Tibet dream.