Tour China Tibet is one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world. Driving across the vast Tibetan plateau and visiting the amazing sights of Mount Everest, the Sunshine City of Lhasa, and the beauty of the Sacred Lakes is the ultimate tour.
However combining your tour of Tibet with a tour of some of the amazing cities in mainland China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, or Xi’an to name a few, is one way to make the most of your visit to China.
As most tourists travel through China to get to Tibet in the first place, adding a few locations in mainland China before taking the flight or train to Tibet is the perfect choice for international tourists coming to China. And planning is the key to any great tour.
Decide the Best Time to Tour China Tibet
Tibet has a very different climate than the rest of China, and you need to ensure that you have the best possible weather in both places for your trip. The peak season in Tibet runs from May to the end of October, though for many people, the best time to travel is in the spring and autumn, from April to May and September to October.
In China, the best time to travel largely depends on where you are visiting. China is so vast that there is somewhere worth visiting in every single month of the year. So check on the best season for the places you are planning to visit, and work out a happy medium for combining with Tibet Travel. The only real concerns when planning to combine your tours of Tibet and China is knowing which time should be avoided.
The Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is often not a good time to travel, and in October, the National Day Holiday, which runs for a week from October 1, is a time for major travel for the Chinese.
Book Your Tour with a Reliable Tibet Travel Agency
Booking your tour through a reliable travel agency is a must for Tibet, as independent travel is not permitted in the Tibet Autonomous Region. All tourists must be on an organized and pre-arranged tour. This is the only way to get the famous Tibet Travel Permit, the most important document for Tibet, which permits entry to the region and travel around Lhasa. Only a travel agency can make the application for the permit, so booking a tour is a major requirement.
Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu are Popular Places for Tibet Entry
There are seven gateway cities to Tibet for the Tibet Trains, the most popular of which are Beijing, Chengdu, and Xi’an. While Xi’an is not actually one of the seven cities where the trains to Tibet depart, it is on the main line to the plateau that crosses China, and trains from both Guangzhou and Shanghai pass through on their way to Lhasa.
In Beijing, the main attraction is the nearby Great Wall at Badaling and Mutianyu, two of the most well-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China that lie a short drive to the north of the Chinese capital.
In Xi’an, the most amazing archaeological find in history resides – The Terracotta Warriors. Constructed in the 3rd century BC to accompany the Qin Emperor Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, into the afterlife, this ancient model army, complete with horse and chariots, remained undiscovered until 1974.
Chengdu is the home of the beautiful Giant Panda, which was close to extinction only 30 years ago. The famous Chengdu Panda Base, in the northeastern suburbs of the city, is one of the most thrilling days out in China, and is a must-see for anyone visiting Chengdu.
Better Take Tibet Train to Lhasa
While flying may be faster than taking the trains, it is also more expensive, and no matter where you fly from, you will feel the effects of altitude sickness once you arrive in Lhasa. While taking the train itself does not prevent altitude sickness, taking a day or two to acclimatize to Xining, at 2,275 meters, can help adjust to the altitude of Lhasa quicker.
The trains are also much cheaper than the flights, and for travelers working on a limited budget, this is usually the best option. It can take from 22 hours to 55 hours to reach Lhasa, but the long journey is worth it for the amazing views of the northern areas of the plateau.
Why Lhasa to EBC Tour is Your Best Choice for Tibet Tour
Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is the first place most people come to when visiting Tibet, and is the terminus of the awesome Qinghai Tibet Railway, which stretches across the plateau from Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. At an altitude of around 3,656 meters, Lhasa is the ideal place to acclimatize to the higher altitudes of the plateau, and is the best place to start any tour of Tibet.
And there is no better tour than the trip from Lhasa to the famous Everest Base Camp (EBC), in the far west of Tibet close to the border with Nepal. After adjusting to the higher altitude in Lhasa, you will move across the plateau, traveling through Gyantse and Shigatse as you gradually increase in altitude to reach the amazing base camp at 5,200 meters. What’s more, the trip to the base camp is done completely on roads, with no trekking required, and the base camp itself is the best place in the world for a great view of the summit of the world’s highest mountain.
As with any great combination tour, the trick to getting the best out of mainland China and Tibet is to plan your trip carefully. Check out the best options for travel to Tibet from China, and work out where you most want to visit in China before traveling to Tibet.
And make sure that you choose the best time of year for both of your destinations, to get the best out of both. A tour of the major cities and attractions in mainland China before traveling to Tibet is an awesome way to explore this huge nation better.