Frequently Asked Questions about Shanghai Tibet Train Tour
What travel documents do I need for Shanghai Tibet train tour?
Well, firstly you need to get your Chinese Visa on your own before moving to Shanghai. Then, to enter Tibet from Shanghai, you need to have Tibet Permit to board the Shanghai-Lhasa train. Normally, our stall will deliver it to your hotel in Shanghai. Then to travel beyond Lhasa like to EBC or Mt.Kailash, other travel documents like Alien’s Travel Permit, and Military will also be needed. No worries! Our Tibetan guide will help you get necessary before you hit the road.
When is the best time for taking Tibet train to Lhasa?
Undoubtedly, July and early August are the best time to board the Shanghai-Lhasa train to Tibet. As the full-bloomed rapeseed flowers blanket the shore of picturesque Qinghai Lake, you will get the amazing view of China’s large saline lake. Meanwhile, the glittering Tuotuo River, massive grazing yaks on lush pasture, snow-capped Yuzhu peak, even in summer, etc. will blow your mind away.
If you have a tight budget for Shanghai Tibet train tour, then do time your journey from late Oct. to mid-Feb, you will enjoy surprisingly cheap train ticket and many discounts for hotels and dining in Tibet. And the grand Chinese and Tibetan festivals allow you to soak up the vibes of distinct culture and customs.
Will I suffer altitude sickness if I take Tibet train?
Compared with the drastic ascent to soaring Tibetan Plateau by flight, Tibet train gives more time for acclimatization. So far, no one has been reported suffering Acute Mountain Sickness for taking Tibet train. As the Tibet train enters the Tibetan Plateau and ascends to high passes like Tanggula Pass (at 5,072 m), the oxygen will be pumped into the air tight cabin to relieve the symptom of altitude change.
To the majority of people, you may feel dizzy or have slight headache, etc. There is no need to panic because it is the natural physical response to altitude ascent over 3000 elevation. You may ask the conductor for oxygen tube and have it connected to the oxygen outlet in the train to inhale oxygen. It’s totally safe for the train ride.
What to eat aboard the Shanghai-Lhasa train?
Well, the convenient boxed meals will be sold on food trolley at meal times. While the Tibet train has a designated dining carriage, available for dining. Normally, traditional Chinese dishes can be easily found. We suggest you buy some snacks or fruit before you board the train. Then you will have a great time eating tasty food while enjoying the stunning window view. Even veggies have different options in the train.
Can I have a shower in the Tibet train?
There are no showering facilities in the train. You may bring your toiletries and clean yourself at the basin beside the restroom. The boiled water dispenser can also be found nearby.
Is Wifi available in the Tibet train?
So far, there is no free Wifi access in Tibet train. But as you arrive in China, you may buy a SIM card with 4G for your smart phone. Then you can enjoy fast internet access throughout your journey from Shanghai to Lhasa.
Can I get off Shanghai-Lhasa train in Xi’an and board train again days later with the same ticket?
Well, unfortunately the Tibet train ticket can be used only once. If you get off Shanghai-Lhasa train in Xi’an, and go for sightseeing there, the train ticket will become invalid. You have to buy a new Xi’an-Lhasa train ticket yourself to Tibet.