Xining is not often visited by most travelers to China, but here you can enjoy a fantastic sightseeing and cultural experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world. In addition to the incredible scenery that you will enjoy along the way, taking the train from Xining to Lhasa is budget friendly, plus it allows you to more gradually acclimatize yourself to the higher altitude of Lhasa and Tibet.Our friendly and experienced travel consultants can help you with anything that you need for the trip, from your airplane and train tickets to the necessary Tibet travel permits to setting you up with your personal tour guides, hotel rooms and airport/train station transfers. Just contact us and we can help you plan the perfect Xining Tibet trip for you that meets your needs.
Xining is one of the best places to take a train or flight to Tibet, because it is close to Tibet and tourists do not need to spend too much time a flight or train.
By flights – Taking off at noon and arriving in Lhasa in afternoon, the flights from Xining to Lhasa give tourists enough time to take a rest and acclimatize to the high altitude after arriving in Tibet. Some of our customers like to take a stroll around their hotels after arriving in Lhasa in afternoon. It takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes and costs between 2200 and 2800 RMB to fly from Xining to Lhasa.
By train – It takes only 22 hours to go to Lhasa from Xining by train. Tourists can admire the sceneries and various wild animals during the train ride. If you are keen to take a train trip to Tibet, Xining is the most recommended starting station.
Yes. If you have at least one day in Xining before departing for Tibet, it is suggested to pay a visit to the Qinghai Lake, the largest inland salt-water lake in China. Qinghai means “Green Sea” in Chinese language. The lake is so large, and its water is salt, so ancient people thought it was sea, rather than lake. The sea-sized lake is still “growing” larger year by year.
Besides beautiful lake view, the Qinghai Lake is a paradise for bird watching. Over 200 species of birds were found in the lake area. Summer is the best season to admire birds on Qinghai Lake.
It takes around 5 hours for a round car ride between Xining and Qinghai Lake, so it is possible to visit the Qinghai Lake during daytime and go back to Xining to stay overnight.
If you have 1 day in Xining, it is suggested to take a round day trip from Xining to Qinghai Lake, the most renowned tourist attraction in Qinghai Province. The lake view and lovely birds are the highlights of this huge salt-water lake. Take a telescope with you if it is possible. It takes around 7 hours to finish this round day trip. If it is ok for you to get up at 7:00 am or earlier, you can extend this trip to Chaka Salt Lake, where is renowned for the salt sculptures. By adding this lake, your day trip can be prolonged to 11 hours.
If you have 2 days, it is suggested to take another day trip to Ta’er Monastery, a monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. The frescos, statuses of Buddha made from Tibetan butter and dolls stuffed by cotton or wool are the essence of art in the monastery.
Most of the people go to Tibet for spiritual enlightenment. I don’t see myself a purser of religion. But when I stood in front of Jokhang Temple, watching the numerous pilgrims. I was shocked than I would have imagined. Tibet is a wonderful place from local people to the natural resource. What makes this trip extradinary is our excellent guide. He accompanied us wherever we want to and showed us local spots off the beaten track. He is pretty good at English, always shared interesting stories. I learned a few Tibetan phrases from him. The hotel arranged by our agency is well located. We were able to walk around and found local restaurant easily. Anyway, great experience
This is my first trip to Tibet, so I have high expectation to my Tibet trip. First, our guide, Jack, arranged for visit to temples and monasteries. Also, they're able to adjust our itinerary quickly. I'm glad I had a great Tibet trip.
Most beautiful place to go! Tour guide very funny and knowledgeable. Tour guide very good on taking picture. Suggest more site seeing and less temple. Suggest to eat hot pot every night. We reach the tallest point of 5248. Make sure not to fall to sleep. Make sure to take high altitude sickness bill and travel sickness bills before going. This trip is not for everyone, but for those whose are health and want to have some advantages. Make sure to bring flu and cold medicine with you since you can get sick very easily during winter. Very cold during the winter and make sure to bring enough cloths. Bring lotions, sun glasses and gloves. Make hot water every night in hotel and put it into the drink bottle to warm your bed. Best if you take the train to go in and plane to get out. But check the weather first, if snowing make sure to take the train. Once snowing, all plane will stop flying. Most beautiful place to go! Tour guide very funny and knowledgeable. Tour guide very good on taking picture. Suggest more site seeing and less temple. Suggest to eat hot pot every night. We reach the tallest point of 5248. Make sure not to fall to sleep. Make sure to take high altitude sickness bill and travel sickness bills before going. This trip is not for everyone, but for those whose are health and want to have some advantages. Make sure to bring flu and cold medicine with you since you can get sick very easily during winter. Very cold during the winter and make sure to bring enough cloths. Bring lotions, sun glasses and gloves. Make hot water every night in hotel and put it into the drink bottle to warm your bed. Best if you take the train to go in and plane to get out. But check the weather first, if snowing make sure to take the train. Once snowing, all plane will stop flying.
Wir haben zuvor einige Touren und Agenturen verglichen. Natürlich ist es schwierig auf die Entfernung und mit den doch wenigen Rezessionen einen Überblick zu bekommen, sind aber sehr froh uns letztendlich für diese Agentur und Route entschieden zu haben.
Von Anfang hat uns unsere Ansprechpartnerin Claire bei allen Fragen geholfen - inkl. Visaantrag und Einreiseerlaubnis. Wir haben wirklich etliche Mails hin und her geschrieben und wurden immer fürsorglich behandelt.
Vor Ort wurden wir am Flughafen empfangen und unsere Guides waren alle sehr nett. Die Ausflüge super interessant und man hat einen tollen Einblick bekommen. Das Programm war nicht zu viel und nicht zu wenig, wirklich toll gemacht!! Die Hotels waren weit besser als wir erwartet haben. Wir haben oft Tips für Restaurants oder bestimmte Gerichte bekommen. Es gab überhaupt keine Probleme bei Ausflügen, Organisation oder den etlichen Kontrollen im Land. Wir wurden selbst noch bis hinter die Passkontrollen an der Grenze zu Nepal begleitet. Erst als unser Guide wirklich nicht weiter durfte, haben wir uns verabschiedet.
Die Gruppen waren nett gemischt und die Wagen alle europäischer Standard.
Wir würden die Agentur und die Route jedem empfehlen!
Liebe Grüße und vielen Dank für eine unvergessliche Reise!
- 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..
Firstly, special thanks to our tour guide we met, Mr. 扎西. He was so helpful, knowledgeable, considerate, experienced and professional. He is fluent in English. We had smooth conversation.
Secondly, thanks to our tour Consultant, Amy, for organizing o