Labor Days Holiday is approaching, which will bring a “golden week” for Tibet travel. And train ticket supply has been intense recently. We received news from Lhasa Railway Station that they are well prepared for this traffic peak: about 2154 passengers’ capacity can be transferred each day. >>recommended Tibet train tours
“The traffics before Labor Days are mainly short or middle distance, while during Labor Days, traffics are mostly long distance from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc.”
From early April, train ticket supply for inbound Tibet has been intense. While outbound ticket supply is abundant. But during Labor Days, outbound ticket will be shortage too. Softer sleeper, even hard sleeper seats are very difficult to book now. So if you are traveling in Tibet, buy the ticket as soon as possible. Or transfer by plane.
In common condition, passenger can book train ticket about 18~20 days ahead of departure day. You can check latest news on SINA Microblog of Lhasa Railway Station, or refresh ticket supply news on national railway service center http://www.12306.cn/
An officer told us some tips for ticket booking. It is hard to buy long distance ticket, such as Beijing Lhasa, Shanghai Lhasa, Guangzhou Lhasa, etc. Travelers can divide train journey to several parts, and buy ticket separately. Because most trains pass through Xining, so you can buy ticket from Lhasa to Xining firstly. Then buy ticket to other cities in Xining.
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We got news from State Grid Corporation of China that the 10KV Electric Power to Everest Project completed on 15th, April. This could be the most inspiring news for the Everest tourism. And the important gathering base for travelers – Everest Base Camp is able to use electricity now.
The project director Ba Dunzhu said the whole electric project took 2 years to complete, which will also bring electricity to about 1011 families of 21 villages along the project. As you know, many rural places in Tibet are unable to construct the electric wires due to the poor transportation and high altitude.
This project also brings electricity to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest-altitude monastery in the world (5,100m). Jiabu, an officer in Rongbuk Monastery said: “Our monks have been waited for the electricity for long time. Now lightening is no problem, and we can listen to the radios and watch television now”.
Tibet consists of 7 prefectures: Lhasa(capital), Shigatse(second largest city), Shannan, Nagqu, Ngari, Qamdo, Nyingchi. Lhasa, Shigatse and Shannan are the top 3 destinations in Tibet. They are major areas where have great Buddhism influence. Nagqu has holy Lake Namtso. Ngari has amazing landscape but it is remote and poor conditioned. Qamdo has few things to do. The last Nyingchi is the most special one which has both long lasting culture as well as stunning nature views. Especially in spring season, you will see a prosperous and beautiful land in Tibet. Then what Nyingchi has to offer?
Unlike the three holy lakes(Namtso, Yamdrok, Manasarovar) which are surrounded by snow mountains, Basum-tso lake looks like a green jade. At surrounding of Basumtso, it is prosperous virgin forest. Most surprising view is the small island of trees and flowers in the middle of lake. Overlook from lake, you will get amazing snow mountain and clouds views. Basum-tso lake details>>
Yarlungzangbo Canyon is recorded as the deepest, longest, highest and most dangerous canyon in the world which reaches a depth of 5,382 meters. The valley is home to varieties of species, due to its wide range of sea levels. And spring season greets its “green world”. All the plants turn into green because of the waterfall and humid weather. Yarlungzangbo Canyon is one the most popular places for trekking as well. Yarlungzangbo Canyon details>>
Seeing peach flower is the most popular activities in Nyingchi in spring. You can see the dazzling peach everywhere, such as villages, farmlands, and highway. The best way is to drive along the 318 National Road or 306 Provincial Road. April and early May are the flower season. So you have got to hurry up now.
Cypress trees are right close to Nyingchi county. If you are plants lover, you come the right place. At the altitude of 3000m, there are a forest cypress trees which covers more than 21 acres. Among of all there is a tree which is aged over 2500 years old with a diameter of 6m.
Lately Tibet travel permit can be fortunately applied again. And there are many people (mostly American) asking on web, such as Google, Ask, Quora community: does one need visa to travel to Tibet separately from China visa on US passport? People from other countries who also plan to visit Tibet may also have same query.
Eventually Tibet visa (or permit) is necessary document apart from China visa and passport. Before your landing on Tibet, you will need to showcase the Tibet permit when check in flight or train to Tibet. So we strongly recommend you apply permit at least 20 days ahead of scheduled date to Tibet. When we talk about Tibet permit, we refer the Tibet Travel Bureau Permit (TTB Permit) which is the authoritative name. Some people also call it Tibet Entry Permit. Above permits are same document which can only be issued by Tibet Travel Bureau.
Then who need to apply Tibet permit? Generally speaking, all non-Chinese citizens, including US, Australian, British, German, French, Canadian, etc, need to hold Tibet permit. Citizens of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan don’t have to apply permit.
To get Tibet Permits, you need:
- work out a detailed itinerary in Tibet and book a tour from a China travel agency.
- pay for a tour guide for your every day tour(your travel agency will arrange for you).
- hire a vehicle(normally a 4WD) for your transportation outside Lhasa(your travel agency will arrange for you).
- send a deposit to your travel agency through Paypal or bank transfer
- send a scan of your passport information and China visa.
- arrange a detailed address in China(hotel, guesthouse or local agency) to receive your posted TTP permit.
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Route between Lhasa and Kathmandu is becoming more and more popular among travelers. Because it gathers most of the best highlights of Tibet along this route. At the same time, you don’t have to waste time running the round road. And the Nepal Tibet Highway is the road for you to explore them all. So what does this great highway offers?
Driving southwards, Yamdrok Lake is less 100km away from Lhasa. There, you have chance to see “the most beautiful waters in the world. Yamdrok is renown as one of “three holy lake”with Namtso and Manasarovar. It is one of the clearest lakes without any pollution in Tibet. The water is as clean as crystal, and the glimmering water will shock you in sunshine. With it being branded as the crystal holy lake, one will always carry a sense of worship when standing beside the lake.
Palkor Monastery is located in the northeast of Gyantse city, where is about 230km away from Lhasa.. It has two features: firstly, it is a monastery which friendly houses monks of three Tibet Buddhim sects: Gelug, Kadampa and Kagyu. Secondly, it has a magnificent stupa – Myriad Buddha Stupa which consists of hundreds of chapels arranged in layers, housing some 100,000 images of Buddhas.
Tashilumpo Monastery is the Buddhism center of the whole southern Tibet. It also plays a important role to Tibet due to its being the seat of Panchen Lama who is another leader of Tibet Buddhism. It is located on a hill in the center of the Shigatse city. There are four highlights you can’t miss: Jamba Buddha Statue, Panchen Lama’s Palace, Sutra Hall and Gyeni Chanting Hall.. There are many other buildings you can see that can reflect Tibetan architecture and culture.
You have too many reasons to visit the peak of the world even once in a lifetime. It is a must-see attraction when traveling in Tibet. It is not very far away from both Shigatse city and Zhangmu town(near to Nepal border). Everest Base Camp is the gathering point where you can trek to the upper altitude to get better views. Near to the base is the famous Rongpulk Monastery.