Frequently Asked Questions about Beijing Tibet Tour
What travel documents to obtain for Beijing Tibet tour?
The first thing to start your Beijing Tibet tour is to get the travel documents as required. To enter China, you need to get the Chinese Visa. In most cases, you can get your Chinese Visa in your home country or a third country, with your original passport of at least six mounts remaining validity.
Then when it comes to Tibet, you will need to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before entering the plateau. Differently, Tibet Travel Permit can only be applied through an authorized travel agency on behalf of international tourists. And your Chinese Visa and valid passport will be needed for application. The best option is to book your Beijing Tibet tour with us, and we can help to get your Tibet Travel Permit through simple steps, as well as more documents for touring Tibet.
Why choose Beijing to start a China Tibet tour?
First, it is much more convenient to get to Beijing from all around the world. Multiple direct flights fly to Beijing every day, landing at Beijing Capital International Airport and the newly opened Beijing Daxing International Airport. Whether you are from America, Europe or Austria, you can find an easy way to fly to Beijing.
Secondly, Beijing offers both direct flights and trains to Tibet, which surpasses many other cities in China. The non-stop flight from Beijing to Tibet departs twice daily and only takes about 4 to 5 hours. The train from Beijing to Lhasa leaves once a day, and takes about 40 hours to cross the vast land of China to reach Tibetan Plateau. Tourists can also flexibly choose to break the journey on the way in Xi’an or Xining etc.
Last but not the least, Beijing is the destination you should not miss if you want to visit China and Tibet together. From ancient imperial palaces to developed modern architectures, there are so many places worth your sightseeing, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven etc., to name a few.
When is the best time to visit Beijing and Tibet?
The best time to visit Beijing and Tibet together is spring and autumn. Strictly speaking, Beijing is friendly to visit throughout the year, despite of the cold weather in deep winter. While Tibet, on the other hand, have a better weather condition in spring and autumn. Considering its high altitude, it is recommended to visit Tibet from April to June and September to November, when the weather is temperate and stable. Summer season can be avoided if you tend to enjoy hiking in Tibet, as the heavy rainfall may cause landslide.
Should I travel to Tibet from Beijing by flight or train?
The flight to Tibet from Beijing departs twice a day in the morning, and it separately takes about 4.5 h and 7h to get to Lhasa. If you take the flight, you can enjoy a fast and quick transfer to Tibet, while bear a relative expensive transportation cost. Since the flight price always fluctuates a lot, from high season to low season, it is recommended to book your flight in advance.
The train from Beijing to Lhasa will take about 40 hours on the way. From late evening to the early morning of the third day, you will experience quite a long time on board the train. But as the train passes Xining to enter the route of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will start to enjoy impressive nature landscape that can not be found on any other places of the planet. Besides, Tibet train also offer a relatively affordable price for budget travelers.
As a third choice taking a balanced position, you can also combine the Tibet train and flight to get to Tibet from Beijing. It is recommended to first fly to Xining from Beijing, and then take the train from Xining to Lhasa. Xining as the starting point of Qinghai-Tibet rail line, offer the most frequent trains to Tibet. So, you will not miss the legendary Tibet train journey but avoid long-time transfer on the way.