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8 Days Tibet Lifetime Train Tour from Shanghai

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$1040 (per person)

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8 Days & 7 Nights
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about 8:30am at your hotel
about 5:30pm at your hotel
Private tour guide & driver + Private car/van

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Day 1-3:
Day 4-5:
Shanghai train to Lhasa;
Day 6-8:
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Travel Consultant: Jenny

Updated this article on Aug 01 2019

Trip Overview

The tour is designed for those who want to visit ancient and modern cosmopolis of China – Shanghai and travel the mysterious holy land Tibet. To get the marvelous landscapes by train from Shanghai to Tibet: snow-capped mountains, pure sky, nomads and religion believe.

Itinerary Details Day by Day

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Welcome to Shanghai! Our tour guide will pick you up from Shanghai airport and then escort you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of day is just free for you discover Shanghai’s features.

Day 2 Shanghai ( B, L )

After breakfast, you will drive to visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center which shows you the Shanghai’s past, present and future. Then proceed to the elegant Yu Garden; a typical private garden in China with nearly 500 years history. Stroll at Yuyuan Market where you can find some best Shanghai local snacks.

In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Jade Buddha Temple; the most famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai.

Yu Garden1
Day 3 Shanghai, train to Lhasa ( B, L )

Today, you will walk around the iconic Bund; the best place to enjoy the amazing skyline of the New Pudong District, and then feel the flourishing Nanjing Road which is known as China’s No.1 Shopping Street.

After that, you will climb up to the top of the famous Jinmao Tower to get a fantastic bird’s eye view of the “Paris of the East.” At night, you will be escorted to Shanghai railway station for the train to Lhasa. ( 48 hours 39 minutes; 4373km )

Shanghai Jinmao Tower
Day 4 Train Travel

Today, you are in the daytime during the journey of Xian-Lanzhou-Xining, enjoy the majestc northwestern scenery of China.

The Xining to Golmud part of the train journey is mostly in the dark, which is one of the disappointments. That's why most of our travelers choose to fly to Xining firstly from Shanghai, then tour from Xining to Lhasa by the highest altitude railway of the world.

Qinghai-Tibet Railway
Day 5 Lhasa Arrival

You are in Golmud, Qinghai Province when you are awake, and heading towards to Lhasa, the last part of your train tour. The highest point will reach 5,072 meters above sea level, snow-capped mountain sightseeing all around.

Arrival at Lhasa at around 20:15, and our Tibetan tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. Free fro the rest of the day to acclimate yourself to the high altitude.

Day 6 Lhasa ( B )

In the morning, climb up to the famous Potala Palace and get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas. You will have a good chance to view the traditional Tibetan architecture, hear the story of the Dalai Lamas and see chapels in which they studies, rested and worked.

In the afternoon, visit the holiest Jokhang Temple, which is within walking distance from Potala Palace. You will see many pilgrims worship within or nearby the temple and hear red-robed Lamas praying there. Then take a relaxing walk in a large circular path around Jokhang Temple at Barkor Street, where you can buy or appreciate traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, etc.

* Take your time and rest when climb up to Potala Palace; try not to disturb pilgrims; remember to bargain and compare the price in the shops at Barkor Street.

Jokhang Temple
Day 7 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, drive to visit the Norbulingka Park, where you will explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism. Then proceed to Drepung Monastery which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday.

In the afternoon, move to Sera Monastery, where you will have chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”, which are unique to Sera and are quite famous.

Pack plenty of water with you; bring your sun glasses and sun-cream.

Drepung Monastery
Day 8 Lhasa Departure ( B )

Today is free for you until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to next destination.

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Most Recommended Add-ons / Optional Activities

+ 2 more days to explore the Ancient of Heart - Xian

Xian, a cradle of Chinese Civilization, tops high among China's most important and popular cities.

As the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties, Xian is filled with amazing historic and cultural wonders. The Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Walls, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, all show you a path back into history.

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+ 3 more days to visit the historical and cultural city - Beijing

Beijing is the China's capital and the former imperial capital for over the past centuries. Nowadays, it is also the "must-visit" city for all tourist coming to China.

This historical and cultural city will focus on the classic of the classic - the noble Forbidden City (Palace Museum), the formidable Great Wall, the elegant Summer Palace and dignified Temple of Heaven. All highlights show you to the China's history and culture.

Badaling Great Wall Hiking
+ 2 more days to visit the city with the best scenery under heaven - Guilin

It is worthy of the saying: Guilin's mountain and water scenery is the best under heaven!

Guilin, together with the idyllic Yangshuo town, is always a hot extended tourist destination in China. It is world famous for not only the fascinating karst landscape along the Li River, but also enjoying a high reputation for its serene countryside life and spotless natural beauty. A perfect destination to escape the hustle and bustle cities of China.

Gorgeous Guilin Landscape

Price from $1040 (per person)

Price Conditions:
This price is based on a group of 2-5 people traveling at 3-star class in the shoulder season.

Please Note:
* The price of this trip changes a lot according your group number, travel season and tour class. Please contact one of our travel consultants for the most detailed quotation. We ensure the LOWEST price.
* Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Permits: Tibet Travel Bureau Permit, Alien's Travel Permit, Military Permit;
  • Local flavor meals indicated in the itinerary;
  • Personal local English-speaking tour guide in every destination;
  • Private transfers with experienced driver between airports, hotels, scenic spots, etc;
  • Arrangements: charges of planning, handling, operational and communication;
  • Centrally located hotels in each destination;

Price Exclusions

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China;
  • China Entry Visa Fees;
  • Optional tours or activities you’ve chosen;
  • Tips & gratitude to drivers and guides;
  • Personal expenses;

Service Overview of this Trip

Your experience is everything, so flawless personal service is our focus.

When you taking this trip with us, we'll make sure that you get the most out of your investment:
*the best-value hotels;
*superior tour services;
*comfortable transfers and transportation;
*an impeccable customer service.

Our Friendly & Experienced Local Tour Guide

When showing you a tourist destination, nothing is more important than the person hosting you. They must be gracious, patient, flexible, have a pleasing personality and speak English well.

Our guides are carefully selected and trained. We not only evaluate their language skills, their knowledge of sites but also their personality and ability to be a kind host.

From the moment you land in China to your departure flight home, they concentrate on your needs and being the best hosts to you that they possible can during the whole trip.

Moreover, they are flexible, so is this trip. Your guide can work with you to be flexible should you wish to change your itinerary. If its a small change they will sort it out directly with you. If its a big change they may need to call our office to coordinate it and quote costs if you are adding on to the itinerary.

Local Tour Guide
Our Vehicle and Drivers Used in this Trip

We only use the safe, legal, clean and comfortable vehicle for your trip. We have a fleet of vehicles at our disposal, so depending on the size of your group, we will give you one that is the right size. We make sure everyone in your group has enough room to spread out and stow their luggage.

Normally you will have the same driver every day in a city. Drivers do not speak English, that is the job of the guide. Their job is to make you safe and comfortable.

Tibet Vehicle
Local Flavor Meals in this Trip

During this trip, you will have your breakfast on the hotel, which are all included in price of the package (only if you book the hotels with us).

For the lunch everyday, meals in good local restaurants include plenty of dishes selected according to your taste, and we will order more if need be, vegetarian and other special diets no problem. All lunches are included in the package.

Dinners will not be included in your meals plan unless you have that requirement. You can get some good suggestions from your private guide, basing on your preferences.

Tibet Meal

We have a great relationship with a wide selection of hotels in Lhasa, Tibet, so we could arrange the accommodations at the best price, from budget to luxurious and featured to modern, to meet every client's needs.

Tibet Hotel
No Forced Shopping

Normally we arrange one or two shopping stops at each destination. At these shops you can buy genuine, high quality local specialties at a reasonable price. These shopping opportunities are according to your own desires; there will be no forced shopping.

Tibet Shopping
Guaranteed Prices & No Hidden Fees

The tour price quoted for this trip what you'll pay, even if inflation or a drop in the dollar-to-yuan exchange rate increases operating costs. We have never increase your final payment, and we never will.

During the trip, no fees will be asked except for your personal expense and the additional activities.

Potala Palace
Safety & Emergency

In case of any emergency, the following phone contacts are available.

Police: 110
Fire: 119
Hospital: 120
Traffic: 112

* Your travel consultant with his/her mobile phone in 24 hours.
* Our manager phone: +86 18211044601 (24 hours).

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Why Travel with Us - our advantages

A China Local Travel Agency based in Beijing

* we specialize in Beijing and other tourist destinations around China;
* we can be with you every step of the way;
* we can offer the LOWEST price for all trips;
* we can deliver the very first-hand destination knowledge;
* we can provide 24/7 in-trip assistance;

Tailor-made Itineraries

All our tours are fully customizable.

We can work with you to put together an itinerary that fits your specific needs and interests. Our staff is fully qualified to work with you to customize an itinerary on a service by service basis. Just tell us what you want and we'll make it happen!

One-on-One Travel Consultant Service

After sending us an enquiry, one of our travel consultants will respond to you within 0.5~23.5 hours. In the next planning days, you will be working closely to design an ideal trip to suit your specific interests, requirements and budget.

During your trip, they always call you to make sure everything is going well as planned.

No Forced Shopping

Normally we arrange one or two shopping stops at each destination. At these shops you can buy genuine, high quality local specialties at a reasonable price. These shopping opportunities are according to your own desires; there will be no forced shopping.

Guaranteed Prices & No Hidden Fees

The tour price quoted for this trip what you'll pay for, even if inflation or a drop in the dollar-to-yuan exchange rate increases operating costs, we never increase your final payment, and we never will.

During the trip, no fees will be asked except for your personal expense and the additional activities.

Experienced Tour Guide & Driver

Our guides are carefully selected and trained. We not only evaluate their language skills, their knowledge of sites but also their personality and ability to be a kind host.

We only use the safe, legal, clean and comfortable vehicles for your trip.

Reviews of this Trip

------- Original Message -------
From: Maria Katrina
Sent: 2019-11-06
Country: Maria Katrina
To: Maria Katrina

Very nice. I think we are the first Filipino who visited this place - The Glass Bridge of Tianyun Mountain around Beijing

------- Original Message -------
From: Patrick
Sent: 2015-12-27
Country: USA
To: Trudy

Good Day ma'am,

Many thanks for your great service - the train and airplane seats were great and I really appreciate you help with travel planning.

Very Respectfully,



------- Original Message -------
From: Daniel Agana
Sent: 2015-12-06
Country: USA
To: Sophia

Dean Wudy was professional and an excellent tour guide! He was very helpful when we needed help with wheel chair issues. He helped us a lot through the entire trip, especially at the Great Wall. It is knowledge of Beijing history was great. We would recommend him and the driver Shed to anyone that comes to Beijing. We would like to have Dean and Shed for the next time we come to Beijing. This was a great trip. We love China.


------- Original Message -------
From: John Pritchard
Sent: 2015-12-02
Country: USA
To: Sophia

Wonderful time & Very helpful. Liked flexiblity language help & Lunch. Great Guys.

Beijing Holiday Review Form


------- Original Message -------
From: Chanlene Jacobs
Sent: 2015-11-22
Country: Canada
To: Sophia

We are very pleased with Mike & Chen's customer service. They are polite,kind and very paitent.

We will recommend to our friends & family.

Chanlene Jacobs

Sophia's Client Feedback


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Trip FAQs & Notes

Here you will find the answers to the questions our travelers most frequently ask about this trip. If you do not find the answer to your specific question, please contact us directly ( ).

1. Is this Tibet tour private? Can I customize a Tibet private tour?

Yes, it is. Our private tour is also completely customizable depending on your interests and needs.

Only you and your family, friends or colleagues in this group to visit the destinations listed on the itinerary escorted by a personal English-speaking tour guide and vehicle with an experienced local driver.

2. How can I reserve this private tour? How to pay?

You can reserve the tour by any of your convenient ways: via email (, phone (86-182 1104 4601 / +86-10-6800 2460) or come to our office.

We offer many payment ways: via PayPal, Credit Card, cash, etc. Read more payment guide.

3. How should I apply Chinese visa? Will you travel agency help with that?

Normally you need to go to the local Chinese embassy, and ask them what you should to prepare. And in some countries, they need invitation from China, so you can ask the Chinese travel agent to provide you the travel invitation, and then prepare some other documents, most time you can get the Chinese visa soon. And also you should apply the visa valid duration time based on your travel time, 15days, 30days or 90days.

4. What travel permits do I need to apply for if I travel to Tibet?

There are several kinds of travel permits in Tibet. Firstly, you only need a TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) permit if you just want to have a few days in Lhasa city or some places near Lhasa.

Secondly, if you want to travel outside of Lhasa, like Mt. Everest, Tsedang, Nyingchi, you need PSB (Public Security Bureau) permit for which we could help you to apply for.

5. When do I need to apply for the Tibet travel Permit?

You need to apply for the travel permit at least 15-20 days prior to your entry date, which means you should prepare all the information and documents in hand before this period of time.

6. How much is a Tibet permit?

Please note that we never just sell a permit as this is illegal. We only help you apply a permit from the TTB. The cost of a permit includes both the charge by the government and the service fees by our travel agency. The cost will be calculated into the quote of the whole tour package including tour guide and other items.

7. What is the weather like in Lhasa and when is the best time to travel there?

Lhasa has highland temperature semi-arid monsoon climate and vary greatly within one day. In a year, it is said the suitable time for traveling to Tibet is from April to October while the golden time is August and September. However, if you can bear the cold weather a winter tour is dollar-saving and you can avoid the crowds.

8. What should I bring while traveling to Lhasa?

Due to various temperatures, we suggest that you bring casual style and layered clothing; sunglasses, sun cream and hat because Lhasa has over 3,000 hour's sunshine per year. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, e.g. the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash.

9. What are accommodations like in Lhasa?

Although Tibet Tourism has developed fast, and various levels of hotels are settled down in the midtown, hotel facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel in other cities in China. Staff will probably not speak much English. Many hotels just have a public bathroom with squat toilet.

10. Will there be problems with the language barrier?

When you travel with us in Lhasa, you needn't worry about the language barrier, although the locals usually communicate with Tibetan, not mandarin. We will arrange an English-speaking tour guide who can speak Tibetan, mandarin and are familiar with all attractions of Lhasa.

11. What about the arrangement of the vehicles for the tour?

Normally, customers take care of the international flights on their own, and we can help you to book if you want.

The better choice is that leaving the domestic transportation for travel agency, and they can book the train or flights based on your time and tour arrangement, it will be easy for them to change or cancel if there is any emergency.

You can travel with us. We can arrange the private vehicle for you in Tibet.

12. How can we meet the guide at airport or train station?

Just tell us that your international flights information and we will arrange the guide and driver at the airport for you on time with your name card, and also we will arrange every city's pick up and transfer for you, all you do is to enjoy worry-free trip in China.

13. What are the currency and the ATM system in Tibet like?

In Lhasa, you can not deal with foreign currencies, but you can exchange your money at many bank outlets, such as Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, Construction Bank of China.

In addition, Credit cards are not recommended as a way of payment in Tibet because they are only accepted by the Bank of China, up-market hotels and large shopping departments in Lhasa and Shigatse.

14. What can I do if I get lost during the tour in Tibet or China?

When you find the guide is not with you and can not find he or she in the immediate area, please don't panic, realize that your guide is not far away and he or she is actively looking for you. You will be found soon.

So you can stay where you are and let the guide find you. Do not move far away. This will ensure that you be found in a timely manner.

If there seems to be a problem with your guide finding you, find the nearest phone and call your travel company(local in China), the staff will help you to find the guide in the site. Or you can ask help from young people, because most young people can speak little bit English in China, and they will be pleasure to help you.

15. What if I get sick while travel in China? Should I bring the medicine with me?

If you get sick during the trip, tell the guide or your travel agent immediately, and ask them to bring you to hospital for curing, and most hospital you just register with your passport and can get a doctor. If you catch cold or have loose bowels, just get some medicine in drugstores. If you need some special medicine, it is better for you to bring enough from your country.

16. How to avoid public holidays in China? And what will happen if come across the public holidays?

Usually the public holidays in China is Spring Festival (floating date), Labour Holiday (May 1st- 3rd), Dragon Boat Festival (May 5th - 7th in Chinese Lunar Calendar), the Mid-autumn Festival (Aug 15th -17th. in Chinese Lunar Calendar), National Holiday (Oct. 1st - 7th golden week for tourism), all cost during these dates will rise much, hotels and vehicles will be 2-4 times expensive than usual.

If your travel will be in holidays, for one thing, your cost will be much more, and another is that you will see People Mountain People Sea in China.

17. Should I tip the guide and driver during the trip?

Although China is not a tips country, it will be better for people to tip the guide and driver if you think they provide you good service, it is not compulsive but it will show that you are gentle and polite.


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