Shanghai is one of the most convenient gateways into China for travelers from around the world as an international travel hub.There are multiple flights and a train departing from Shanghai to Lhasa every day. Traveling from Shanghai, China’s most modern city, to Tibet, one of China’s lesser-developed regions, will give you a fascinating look at the contrasts between rural and urban China. We can take care of all of your Tibet travel needs, from airplane and train tickets to all of the required travel permits needed to visit Tibet. Please contact our friendly travel consultants and we will help get you started on the adventure of a lifetime.
By flights – There is no direct flights from Shanghai to Lhasa. Normally, tourists need to take a stopover in Chengdu, Chongqing, Hefei, Changsha or Xian, if they fly from Shanghai to Lhasa. The stopover usually takes around 4 hours, however, the stopover time can be as long as 16 hours. Some of our customers fly to 1 of these 5 cities for a day tour before flying to Lhasa, due to the long stopover time.
By train – It takes 48 hours to take a train from Shanghai to Lhasa, so most our customers from Shanghai will fly to Xining or Xian to catch a train to Lhasa. The train from Xining to Lhasa takes only 22 hours, while the train from Xian to Lhasa takes 32 hours.
Shanghai is an entrance city to China. Many international tourists want to take a tour in Shanghai for one day or two before departing for Lhasa. As the Magic City of China, there are lots of popular tourist destinations in Shanghai, such as the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Historical Museum, the Former French Concession, Yuyuan Garden and Zhujiajiao Water Town. These places show you the most authentic history and culture of Shanghai. You will know how Shanghai developed from a small village to the financial center of China after visiting these places.
The Bund is considered as a mini Shanghai City. The development of the Bund is a miniature of the development of Shanghai. In 1844, the Bund became a part of British Concession. Since then, more and more buildings in western style were built on the Bund by foreign companies, banks and news agencies.
Nowadays, tourists can take a stroll on the Bund to admire the view of Huangpu River and the historical buildings. Some of these buildings have a history of over 100 years. If you want to know more about the Bund and these buildings, it is suggested to hire a local tour guide to tell you some interesting stories about this area. An insightful tour guide can help you learn more about Shanghai than other tourists.
- From arranging our Tibet Permit, organizing paperwork, answering all sorts of questions/doubts, our travel consultant SHIRLEY was amazing. A big thanks to her for making us highly trust the company.
- And a big shout out & thanks to our guide DAWA TSERING (guide) - DAWA GANTESN (driver) from TCT, for an amazing time & experience.
Both were welcoming, polite, helpful, knowledgeable, kind.
- Amazing trip..
I had to mention our tour guide – Puktso because he is too nice. He is very passionate and thoughtful when he talked with us on the daily tour arrangement. We reschedule a little bit and he gave us great ideas. I like all the stories and insight knowledge on local life he shared with us. We enjoyed a wonderful trip with his company.
We worked with Shirley to build an itinerary of cycling through Tibet to EBC. She was incredibly helpful and responsive. She designed a trip that met our requests and exceeded our expectations. She worked with our tour members who would be traveling from North America and China to make sure we were all set with plenty of time to get visas and permits.
Our trip was 10 days in Tibet, with a rest and sightseeing day in Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple). Our amazing guide Phuntsok handled travel, permit, and hotel logistics with expertise and flexibility. He was a 5-star guide in every way- making sure we had everything we wanted and needed, giving cultural + historical context to the sights we saw, and having lots of fun with us.
We had 2 drivers (the van and a truck for our bikes) who were both very helpful, friendly, and good company.
We were worried it would get into rain season while we were there - instead we had beautiful, sunny days 9.5 out of our 10 days.
Thank you to all at Tibet Odyssey Tours for a trip we will remember for a lifetime.
I had a wonderful 9 days trip in tibet. I enjoyed very aspect of this trip. Registration and organisation was very easy, and the driver was very kind and enthusiastic, so we weren't bored even during long distances. The food was great, and I especially enjoyed the purple sweet potato. The staff were polite and did their best to make us feel comfortable and listen to our needs.
I felt comfortable with everyone I met on this trip. I truly felt as if I had experienced and witnessed the lifestyle of Tibet, and I definitely recommend this place to other travelers. If the chance arises, I would like to go on this trip once again.
Thanks Amy, Tashi; he was a fantastic guide and my sweet driver; he made me laugh a lot. Oh, don't forget to bring a lot of headache tablet you might need a lot.
We definitely recommend to book a Tibet trip through Tibet Odyssey! We had a great trip in June，exploring beautiful lakes and Mt. Everest base camp. Our guide was super patient.
I cannot praise the Asia Odyssey Travel operation highly enough, from the applying of permit to the expertise of our guide. Everything was well arranged. Our guide, Puktso, was both personable and knowledgable, and yet was able to keep things moving. I will definitely go back to Tibet again!