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Chongqing and Tibet Tour Map


Touted as “small Hong Kong” and famous “hilly city” in mainland China, Chongqing allures world-wide visitors with its spicy hot pot, dazzling night view of on the upper reach of Yangzhi River, and Karst landscape and Three Gorge Cruise, and even gorgeous ladies, etc. As a sister city to Chengdu, Chongqing is such a lovely city for exploration before officially heading towards holy Tibet.

As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Chongqing and Tibet tour by offering services ranging from Tibet Travel Permit application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Chongqing-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful insiders’ travel tips. So far, taking Tibet train or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet.

  • Note: The distance between Chengdu and Chongqing is around 360km. It’s very convenient to take bullet train (2h) to travel from Chengdu to Chongqing. And after you finish touring Chongqing, you can either take Chongqing-Lhasa train or flight to Tibet.

Chongqing and Tibet Tour Map
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How to Get to Lhasa Tibet from Chongqing

  • Chongqing to Lhasa by Train

    Chongqing-Lhasa train (Z223 /Z224) runs as long as 3,654km and it takes 42:13 hours to reach Lhasa, Tibet. The train takes you from the plain on the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River to Sichuan, Xi’an, Qinghai province and finally ends up in lofty Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Of course, the highlights of the Tibet train ride will unfold as the train leaves Xining and speeds from Golmud to Lhasa. Massive grassland, grazing Tibetan yaks, shimmering lakes, and snow-blanketed peaks, you will get familiar with the typical terrain on Tibetan plateau. The stunning train ride on the roof of the world will be your lifetime experience.

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  • Chongqing to Lhasa by Flight

    It’s very convenient to take Chongqing Rail Transit Line 3 to reach Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport. Currently, there are more than 10 airlines running flights from Chongqing to Lhasa. It takes around 2: 50 hours to fly from Chongqing to Lhasa, Tibet. One thing to mention: Chongqing has an average altitude of around 400m, while Lhasa averages an elevation of 3658m. The huge altitude gap requires time to get acclimatized to the life on Tibetan Plateau. So, please do not rush to visit attractions in Lhasa shortly after you arrive in Gonggar International Airport.

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  • Chongqing to Xining by Flight and Take Train to Lhasa

    When direct train ticket from Chongqing to Lhasa becomes extremely difficult to get during peak travel season (July-August; During Chinese Spring Festival in winter, etc.) in China, if you still don’t want to miss the scenic Tibet train ride, a great solution is to fly from Chongqing to Xining and later take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet. Though, it would cost extra money, it allows you to arrive in Lhasa as planned and meanwhile still enjoy the highlights of Tibet train tour from Golmud to Lhasa.

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Note: In addition to train and flight booking from Chongqing to Lhasa, we also offer bookings from other major cities to Lhasa, such as Kathmandu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Yunnan, 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 travelling with kids and elderly or other clients with special preference, you may work with us to customize your Tibet tour.

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How to Get Tibet Permit When Traveling to Lhasa from Chongqing

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet permit to your hotel in Chongqing by express, 1-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. It is common to get the permit even the night or a couple of hours before your departure to Tibet. In some extreme cases, our staff in Chongqing will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As the leading local travel agency that has organized global tourists to Tibet since 1984, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Chongqing, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Chongqing by train, a printed copy is enough. Your travel consultant will handle with it perfectly according to the situation.

Why you can't get the permit much earlier?

The Tourism Bureau only accepts the permit application that is used to arrive in Tibet within 20 days. Generally, it takes 6-12 working days to issue the permit after we get the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The application time depends on where you travel in Tibet, about 8-12 days to get the permit if heading to Mt.Everest and Mount Kailash, and just 6-8 days if you only travel in Lhasa City.

After we get the permit in Lhasa, we will deliver the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes around 5 days to arrive in Chongqing. Therefore, you will only be able to get the permit within 1 to 7 days before your departure for Lhasa.

However, your personal consultant usually asks you to confirm the tour much earlier, because the earlier you provide all the required documents, the earlier we can submit to Tibet Tourism Bureau and wait for your turn.

We promise to nail visa to Tibet for every of our clients with 100% guarantee.

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Advantages about Booking a Chongqing and Tibet Tour Together

Enjoy the proximity to Chengdu and Easy Transportation

As a “sister city” to Chengdu, Chongqing and Chengdu share incredible bond. If you first land in Chengdu, you can visit your travel consultant in Tibet Vista’s office in Chengdu and spend a couple of days touring famous Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, broad and narrow alley and Leshan Giant Buddha near Chengdu, and later take bullet train to Chongqing, which only takes about two hours.

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 8,000 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.

Taste the spiciest gourmet cuisine and explore the famous hilly city in China

For foodies, after you arrive in Chongqing, the first stop should be the famous hot pot restaurants in Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street. With spicy and tongue-numbling taste, dinning in hot pot restaurant in Chongqing definitely equals a culinary adventure to your taste buds. As the sun slips over the horizon, the neon-lit buildings and bridges sprawling for miles in Chongqing start to unfold the true beauty of this hilly city. The other cultural and historical attractions like Ciqi kou, Dazu Rock Carving and Wulong Karst Geology Park will certainly give your insight into the Bashu culture in upper reaches of Yangtze River.

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