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Shanghai and Tibet Tour Map


Shanghai, the vibrant megacity, acts as the economic pulse of China. As an international metropolis blending the East and West, Shanghai is peppered with sleek skyscrapers, distinctive cathedrals and high-end shopping malls and art galleries, and traditional laneways and beyond.

To many first-time travelers to China, Shanghai would be their first stop to learn the modern Chinese culture. Afterwards, they would move westwards from Shanghai to Tibet to enjoy the stunning alpine scenery and experience the holiness of Tibetan Buddhism.

As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Shanghai and Tibet tour by offering services of Tibet Visa application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Shanghai-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful travel tips. So far, taking Qinghai-Tibet Railway or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet. And for better acclimatization to high altitude of Tibet (e.g. Lhasa is with an altitude of 3658m), It’s advisable to take Tibet train in and fly out. .

  • Note: Shanghai (4m) lies on Yangtze River Delta; while Tibet (above 4000m) is situated on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It takes about 47:34h to reach Lhasa (3658m) from Shanghai by train; whereas by flight, it takes around 7h via Xi’an or Chengdu.

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How to Get to Lhasa Tibet from Shanghai

  • Shanghai to Lhasa by Train

    Shanghai-Lhasa train (Z164/Z166) is one of the early three railways that connect Tibet with major cities of mainland China. The railway line covers 8 provinces from eastern coastal city to western soaring plateau. The biggest benefit of travelling to Lhasa by train is it can minimize the possibility of acute altitude sickness and in return you will enjoy stunning view of Gobi Desert, lofty mountain pass, picturesque rivers and vast prairie from Golmud to Lhasa. Meanwhile the train is equipped with oxygen supply system, and offers nice food to ensure a safe and pleasant journey. Overall, the entire ride on the world’s highest train would become a great appetizer before Tibet tour officially begins.

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  • Shanghai to Lhasa by Flight

    If you have a tight schedule, then flying to Lhasa from Shanghai is a way out. Currently, there are 4 Chinese airlines that run flights from Shanghai to Lhasa, i.e. Air China, China Eastern Airline, and Tibet Airline and Shenzhen Airline. The direct flight will make a brief stop (around 1 hour) via Chengdu or Xi’an and keep flying to Lhasa. After about 7 hours’ flight, you will safely land in Lhasa Gonggar Airport. Given the huge altitude change from coastal city to plateau, the rest of day is for you to have a good rest in hotel and get acclimatized to high altitude. And the flight booking service is ready available for our clients.

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  • Shanghai to Xining by Flight and Take Train to Lhasa

    Using both flight and train works best when tourists travel to Tibet during the high season (July-August; During Chinese Spring Festival in winter) of Tibet tour. Since at that time, the direct Shanghai-Lhasa train tickets will be in short supply, taking flight from Shanghai to Xining first can save you up to 20 hours’ train ride and the train tickets can be easily booked from Xining to Lhasa, which is also the highlighted section of Tibet train tour. Meanwhile, travelling in this way is also a great option for those who are keen to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest saline lake in Xining and enjoy the spectacular window view on the world’s highest train.

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Note: In addition to train and flight booking from Shanghai to Lhasa, we also offer bookings from other major cities to Lhasa, such as Kathmandu, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, 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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How to Get Tibet Permit When Traveling to Lhasa from Shanghai

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet permit to your hotel in Shanghai 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 cases, our staff in Shanghai branch 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 trust us.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Shanghai, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Shanghai 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 deliever the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes at least 3 days to arrive in Shanghai. 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 ask 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 Shanghai and Tibet Tour Together

Explore the Fascinating Modern Chinese Metropolis with Sacred Land of Tibetan Buddhism Together

Travelling from Shanghai to Tibet, tourists can explore one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in China. From the most futuristic skyscrapers, gorgeous Jesuit cathedrals, modern gallery and museum and shop till you drop malls to traditional gardens, refreshing alleys, ancient villages and mouth-watering delicacies, etc., first-timers will be struck by prosperity of this modern megacity and meanwhile you may take a sneak peek into the past, and future of Shanghai. Then moving from earthly pleasure in bustling coastal city 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. The sharp contrast in two utterly different destinations in China will give you new insight into your 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.

Years of Cooperation with Superb Local Tour Partners in Shanghai

All the local tour agencies in Shanghai are hand-picked by us with care consideration. All of them are the experienced tour operators of Shanghai tour. For the past decade, we did not receive a single case of complaint, due to the poor running of tour by our local tour partners in Shanghai. The local guides are readily available and knowledgeable, with punctual tour bus service. We would strive to provide the best service we can for every client.

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Simply express your tour needs, we’ll customize a trip plan for you. No deposit is required until you are totally satisfied with the trip plan.

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