Guangzhou, located in the southern of China on the Pearl River with 2200-year history, borders Hongkong and Macao. Guangzhou was a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road in ancient China, and is the biggest port in China, therefore, it is also known as the “South Gate” of China to the world. For many foreign travelers, Guangzhou is a place they can easily get to with frequent international flights. In Guangzhou, tourists can explore the glorious scenic spots and enjoy delicious food. Guangzhou is also a popular gateway city for those who want a China Tibet tour. Before visiting Tibet, tourists can spend several days in Guangzhou to enjoy the attractions in Guangzhou, like Chimelong Tourists Resort, Canton Tower, Yuexiu Park, the White Cloud Mountain, Pearl River Cruise, etc.
After the tour in Guangzhou, you can take a flight or train to visit Lhasa. As for the flight to Tibet, there is only one flight operated from Guangzhou Biayun International Airport to Lhasa Gongga Airport, having a stopover in Chongqing. The whole duration is about 5h and 55m from 8:10 am to 14:05 pm, and the flight is operated by China Southern Airlines. Meanwhile, if you think the flights to Tibet from Guangzhou are few, and can not fit your requirement, you can choose to transfer in Chengdu, Xining, Kunming, Chongqing, Xi’an, etc.
Taking a train to Tibet from Guangzhou is a long journey, but you can enjoy the most beautiful landscapes along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, across 9 provinces. While, there is only one train from Guangzhou to Tibet every day, starts at 11:45 and arrives at 16:19 on the third day. Even though taking flights to Tibet is convenient and time-saving, you can enjoy the stunning natural scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and you can get acclimatized to the high altitude step by step. Moreover, there are two kinds of oxygen supply systems in the train to reduce your altitude sickness.
If you think it is too tired to take such a long journey and you still want to have a train tour, you can also choose to fly to Xining first. Xining is the first stop of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and also the nearest city to Tibet with more trains to Lhasa. Currently, there are many trains to Lhasa every day passing and starting from Xining, taking about 21-22 hours. Visiting Lhasa by the sky train, you will have a chance to enjoy the snow-capped mountains, shivering rivers, vast grasslands and massive desert.
- When you arrive in Lhasa, you should take a good rest to get acclimatized to the high altitude in your hotel.
- The flight or train tickets to Tibet are sold out quickly, and you’d better confirm your trip in advance so that the travel agency can book the tickets for you in time.
- The flight and train schedules above are just for reference, and may be changed from different seasons.
- Before entering Tibet, you should prepare all Tibet permits you need. Or you can not board the train or flight to Lhasa.