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How to get into Tibet?

There are a few ways for tourists to accomplish the dreams to Tibet. The ways are

>>by plane
>>by train
>>overland by the landcruise or bus
>>drive by oneself to Tibet Advantage and disadvantage of different ways to Tibet

  • By plane
    To take a flight into Tibet is really fast and one can soon acclimatize in Tibet. But it is costly especially to those who can only afford a budget travel plan.
    See also, Tibet Flight Information

  • By Train
    To take Tibet Railway into Tibet is really very cheap compared to take flight or by overland. People often assume that get into Tibet by train will help them acclimatize eventually. But to many peoples surprise, the truth is just the opposite. According to our observer and experience, they will suffer from an ongoing headache and dizzy through out the whole long journey.
    There are two kinds of sleepers on the train, the hard berth and the soft berth. There are six bunks in each compartment, while there only four bunk in one compartment for soft berth. Generally speaking, the conditions are much better in soft berth than that in hard berth.
    It is really a long journey to get into Tibet by train. It will spend your time from at least 24 hours (from Xining to Lhasa) to more than 50 hours (from Guangzhou to Lhasa).
    We recommend you to get into Tibet by plane and get out of by train. Because all the trains leave Lhasa in the morning, travelers can enjoy the best sceneries of Tibet Plateau from sunrise to sunset on the first day staying in the train. After a nights sleeping, Qinghai Lake is waiting for you the next day.
    See also, Tibet Train Timetable

  • By Overland
    There are five highways into Tibet, roughly corresponding to the cardinal directions:
    North: The road from Golmud is the easiest legal land route at present. The landscape is beautiful but difficult to appreciate after the long rough ride.
    East: There are two highways to Tibet from this side. One starts from Yunnan, and another one from Sichuan. The sceneries you can see along the way are the most beautiful.
    West: From Xinjiang to Tibet. It is the hardest one. There are many interesting things for the tourist to see on the way and it is worth considering traveling this way instead of via Mount Kailash.
    South: You can get into Tibet through the Friendship Highway linking Nepal and Tibet.

  • By overland you can enjoy the natural beauties and astonishing landscapes on the way. But it requires a good and strong body. If you are not sure with your health, please consider this way over and over.


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