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Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province in southwest of China, is the major overland gateway to Tibet. Affectionately known as “the Land of Abundance”, Chengdu enjoys a great reputation for being the home to adorable giant pandas. The first-timers to Chengdu may find it surprising to see many locals, socializing in the small tea houses, joking with folks while masterfully playing Mahjong.

However, the seemingly slow pace of life can’t hide the city’s vibrancy and long history. Till 2016, 272 of Global Fortune 500 have taken root in Chengdu, for its favorable location of logistics, commerce, finance, science and technology, transportation, etc. Travelers will find it hard to stop savoring spicy and pungent Sichuan cuisine. The history of Three Kingdoms, Su civilization, and ancient streets, bustling nightclubs, many world-class natural heritage around are well worth a stop before travelling to Tibet. 

Besides, Chengdu is the most important and nearest gate to Tibet. Everyday, around 10 flights fly form Chengdu to Lhasa, which is the capital of Tibet, 2 flights to Nyingtri which is in the west of Tibet, and 3 flights to Ali in east Tibet. It will take us only 2h 15min flying from Chengdu to Lhasa or from Chengdu to Nyingtri. There is also a train from Chengdu to Lhasa every 2 days. 43 hours, 2 nights on the train, we can enjoy fantastic views on the Qinghai-Tibet railway which is the highest railway in the world. Nowadays, our government is planning a rail directly from Chengdu to Lhasa., when finished , only 8 hours on the train. Taking a flight from Chengdu to Lhasa is an excellent choice if you planned to have more impression in China besides Tibet. Not only you can get cheap air tickets, you can enjoy the wonderful sightseeing in Sichuan Provinve.

  • Note:Chengdu (500m) is marked by humid and mild climate whereas climate of Tibet features dramatic temperature change between day and night, ample sunlight and dry and chilly wind. It takes about 43:07 hours to reach Lhasa by Qinghai-Tibet train; while by flight, it takes around 2h 15min.

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How to Get to Lhasa Tibet from Chengdu

  • Chengdu to Lhasa by Train

    Chengdu - Lhasa Train (Z322/Z324) is one of the most frequently used overland means to travel to Tibet. The railway crosses 5 provinces and measures 3070 km. It takes about 43:07h to reach Lhasa from Chengdu. Travelers will be able to travel from fertile basin all the way to Qinghai-Tibet plateau. The highlight of the train ride will begin from Xining to Lhasa section. From Gobi desert, to soaring snow-capped mountains, incredible alpine river and prairie, Tibetan yaks and horses, etc, the window scene promises a spectacular visual feast. It’s been told by 2015, with the complete construction of Kangding-Nyingchi Railway, the current travel hours will be expected to be shortened to 13 hours.

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  • Chengdu to Lhasa by Flight

    Travelling from Chengdu to Lhasa is fairly convenient. Of all the 34 flights to Lhasa from Chengdu, 99% of the flights are non-stop flight. The flight takes you about 2h and 20min to reach Lhasa. Since there is a huge altitude change, the first day of your arrival in Lhasa is advisable to have a good rest at your hotel. To acclimatize to high altitude in Lhasa, strenuous activities such as jumping, running and brisk walking, etc., shall be avoided. And the flight booking service is ready available for our clients.

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  • Chengdu to Xining by Flight and Take Train to Lhasa

    In fact, as to ticket price, taking flight to Lhasa from Chengdu seems to be more cost-effective since the cost for Chengdu-Lhasa flight and Chengdu-Lhasa train is quite close. However, during high season of Tibet tour (July-August; During Chinese Spring Festival in winter), and for those who determine to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest saline lake in Xining and enjoy the spectacular window view on the world’s highest train, flying to Xining (or by train) first and later taking Xining train to Lhasa are a viable option.

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Note: In addition to train and flight booking from Chengdu to Lhasa, we also offer bookings from other major cities to Lhasa, such as Kathmandu, Beijing, Shanghai Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xining, Xi’an, etc. For budget travelers, you can sign up for a variety of small group tours in Tibet. Not only can you enjoy relatively cheaper tour price, but also will make friends with global tourists within a group. To family with kids and elderly or other clients with special preference, you may work with us to customize your Tibet tour.

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About Tibet Permit when Traveling from Chengdu to Lhasa

Tibet Travel Permit

The prerequisite for Tibet travel is to get Tibet Visa (also known as Tibet Travel Permit). You may follow the easy steps below to get this indispensable travel document.

How to Apply for Tibet Visa

a. E-mail us the photo copy of your passport and Chinese Visa at least 20 days before your Tibet tour starts.
b. Normally, Tibet Visa will be issued after 2-5 days after we pass your documents to Tibet Tourism Bureau.

How to Get Your Tibet Visa in Chengdu

Since one of the offices of Tibet Vista is located in Chengdu, as usual, after we get your Tibet Visa, and we will mail it to your hotels in Chengdu or you are welcomed to take it yourself in our Chengdu office, 5-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. In some extreme cases, our staff will even deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station.

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Advantages about Booking a Chengdu and Tibet Tour Together

From Hometown of Giant Panda to the Third Pole of the World

To panda lovers, global gourmets, and budget travelers, Chengdu is a city you couldn’t afford to miss before travelling to Tibet. You will find yourself act like a excited child, upon seeing the lovely pandas in the giant panda research and breeding center. As you stroll in historical Jinli Street, and Chunxi Road, the spicy and lip-tingling hot pots and other local snacks can easily the most particular palate. For budget travelers who love historic and natural heritage, and glamorous nightlife, the fairly inexpensive cost in Chengdu will meet most of your demand, compared with Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The harmonious and relaxing atmosphere, etc in Chengdu will definitely be the convincing testimony of this idyllic city where travelers are eager to visit yet later find it reluctant to leave.

Then moving from the city of recreation to spiritual realm in Tibet, you will experience a completely different picture. What awaits you is the dazzling sunshine, deep blue sky, and fervent religious pilgrimage, holy Tibetan monasteries and lofty Himalayan mountains and mind-blowing sacred lake, boundless prairie, and deeply-religious Tibetans and intriguing alpine life style, etc. You will have time to rethink about yourself and gain new perspective of the Tibetan Buddhism and even your current and future life.

Travelling with Tibet Vista, Your First Guarantee of Lifetime Experience in Tibet

As the trailblazer of Tibet inbound tourism since 1984, Tibet Vista is a well-established Tibet tour operator, based in Lhasa. All your service in Tibet is provided by our hospitable and seasoned Tibetan staff. We are the first Tibet tour operator to run Join-in Small Group tours for budget travelers and at the same time offer private tour for tourists with unique preferences. Tibet train tour and 100% Tibet Visa application are our specialties. Over the past decades, we successfully organized more than 100 thousands tourists to visit Tibet. Now, with 4,000 clients world-wide each year, Tibet Vista is undoubtedly your top priority of Tibet tour operator for your travel. In addition, our diverse tour products and considerate tour service and travel tips will meet the demand for tourist of all ages.

Meet Your Trip Consultant in Person and Have Problems Solved Instantly in Chengdu

As one of the Tibet Vista’s offices is based in Chengdu, you can stop by the office and meet your travel consultant in person. In this way, if you have any questions and problems, you are welcomed to come to our Chengdu office and discuss with our travel consultants and figure out how to handle the travel issues. If you have more time, we can also arrange tours to surrounding areas of Chengdu, such as visit of Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei and Jiuzhaigou nature reserve, etc.

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