Frequently Asked Questions about China Tibet Group Tour
When is the best time to travel to China and Tibet?
Roughly speaking, the best season to visit China and Tibet is Spring and Autumn. China has quite a large land, covering a wide range of latitudes from north to south, as well as multiple terrains from plain to mountain area. But it basically can be visited throughout the year.
While Tibet will see huge differences from its winter to summer, as the region lies so high on the plateau. So it is better to visit Tibet in spring and autumn, for the months from April to June and September to October, when the weather is warm and stable. And you can do more things like trekking, cycling, overland driving etc., more at ease.
Summer season of China will be quite hot, especially if you visit the southern cities. When it comes to Tibet, the temperature is mild indeed. But you may encounter heavy and sudden rainfall en route during your Tibet tour. The scenery in summer may be quite eye-catching, but you should prepare the occasion of large crowds during this time.
Winer is an ideal season for travelling to China and Tibet on a budget. But it is not suggested for seniors or those cannot bear the coldness. The attractions to open in Tibet will also decrease, for the safety under the harsh climate. So, do think it over before you choose your time for travelling.
Is it recommended to get to Tibet from China by train or flight?
In general, the Tibet train dominates in terms of the cost compared to the flight, when departing from the same city. But the flight will be time-saving, flexible and convenient.
If you start your China Tibet tour from Beijing, Shanghai, and cities with long distance from the plateau, you are recommended to take a flight. As the train journey will be quite time-consuming, up to 40 to 50 hours. The flights, on the other hand, departs several times each day. You can book the flight ticket in advance to find some great discount.
Another choice is to combine the flight and train together. First fly to Xining, and then board the train to Lhasa from there. Xining has the most frequent trains departs towards Tibet, and the train will run for the shortest route before its arrival. This is also applicable when you start your trip from Guangzhou, or Hong Kong, which has a longer train riding time and less convenient flight trip.
How many days will be needed to travel around China and Tibet?
At least one week should be prepared if you want to tour both China and Tibet in a relatively comprehensive way. For example, when you plan your China Tibet tour by visiting Beijing and Lhasa, you need at least three days for sightseeing Beijing, to have an overall impression of this historical capital city. Then when you transfer from Beijing to Tibet, you will need one to two days to take the flight or train.
While touring Lhasa city will need at least two days to not leave over the most popular highlights, like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery etc. And it is needed to rest for several days in Lhasa for altitude acclimations, if you have further visit plan to higher regions in Tibet.
Do I also need to book a tour while visiting China?
No, you don’t have to. As many knows, one need to book a tour through travel agency. But you can travel independently in mainland China, as long as you get the Chinese Visa before entry. You can choose to visit the sights or take the trains or flights all by yourself. But it is also recommended to book your trip, if you have trouble in speaking or reading Chinese, and are not familiar with the country. The best way is to book a China tibet group tour with a Tibetan travel agency like us, to handle your Tibet travel permit, help to book the ticket in a smoother way.
How to get the Tibet permit in China?
The Tibet Travel Permit can only be obtained by an authorized travel agency. As the leading tour operator with years of Tibet permit application services, we can help you to get the Tibet Travel Permit. All you need is to mail your copies of passport and Chinese Visa to us. After the permit get issued, we will deliver it to your hotel or address in mainland China.