Essential Shanghai Tibet Train Tour

8 Days
Shanghai - Lhasa
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Traveling to Tibet from Shanghai by train is an interesting and memorable way for most tourists, as you can not only visit the most modern city Shanghai in China but also the holiest place Tibet. Shanghai, as a vibrant metropolis with an advanced economy, lies in the eastern coast of China. In this prosperous city, you will have a chance to enjoy the glamour of the mixed Chinese and alien culture. Skyscrapers, cathedrals, shopping malls, and art galleries can be seen everywhere in this city. Due to the mixed culture background, Shanghai would be the first stop for most tourists who travel to China for the first time. After your visit to Shanghai, you will board on the train from Shanghai to Tibet, which covers a distance of 4373km and lasts 47hrs, including the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. After your arrival in Tibet, you would have a chance to experience the culture of Tibetan Buddhism, architecture, culture, and customs, as well as the view of natural scenery.

1 Arrive in Shanghai
2 Visiting Suzhou and Tongli Water Town
3 Shanghai sightseeing and departure from Shanghai
4 Scenery View of Tibet Railway
5 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
6 Lhasa sightseeing
7 Lhasa sightseeing
8 Lhasa departure
Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai

When you arrive at the airports or railway stations in Shanghai, our clients will drive you to the hotel you have already booked as soon as possible.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Day 2 Visiting Suzhou and Tongli Water Town

The next day, you are going to Tongli Water Town in the morning where you can see the Tuisi Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well-designed bridges. In Tongli Water Town, you can take a gondola ride down the waterways of Tongli which will give you an amazing travel experience. Then, you are going to visit Humble Administrator Garden also known as Zhouzheng Garden which is the most famous garden in Suzhou. Built the Ming dynasty, it is the largest and most renowned classical landscape garden in Suzhou which contains lots of pools, meandering rock paths, little hills, old trees and flowers. Such a beautiful place can make you feel away from the busy world.Taking a rickshaw-ride in Suzhou is regarded as the best activity for tourists, Therefore, you can take a half-hour rickshaw ride in Suzhou.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Tongli Water Town is located in the southern suburbs of Suzhou, about an hour's drive from Shanghai.
Humble Administrator Garden
Day 3 Shanghai sightseeing and departure from Shanghai

Your guide and driver will wait for you at the hotel in the morning. After having breakfast, you will start touring Shanghai.

Visit the Yu Garden ----- It is a typical private garden in China with nearly 500 years of history, located in Shanghai old town.

Continue to the Bund -----The Bund shows off Shanghai’s outstanding foreign buildings, most of which were erected before 1937. It used to be British concession. Now it is called an exhibition of international architecture.

Lunch at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you can wander at Nanjing Road, a must-see metropolitan destination where attracts thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.

Then visit Jade Buddha Temple, of which the highlights are two precious jade statues of Sakyamuni.

After the visit to Shanghai, you will go to the Shanghai Railway Station to take the overnight train to Lhasa. Train Z164 starts at about 20:10 from Shanghai and arrives in Lhasa at 19:30 on the third day, totally about 47 hours and 20 minutes.

Yuyuan Garden
Day 4 Scenery View of Tibet Railway

You will be addicted to the beautiful scenery along the train tour, like the massive deserts, the immense grasslands, vast valleys, snow-capped mountains, picturesque lakes, and flocks of yaks and sheep.

Day 5 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Railway Station, it usually takes abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6 Lhasa sightseeing

After rest one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with a close contact with Lhasa, the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

At first, you will go to the Potala Palace, which is the symbolic place of Lhasa and also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was built by the 33rd. great king of Tibet in the 7th century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded at the same time and by the same king as Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims making prostrating in front of the temple. From inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at his age of 12.

Barkhor Street is the next destination that women love a lot, because it’s a famous walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicraft, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan religious culture more deeply.

There is still one more important thing---the welcome dinner, which will be arranged tonight. We hope all the tourists will enjoy this tour and have an unforgettable memory.


You can go to visit the Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center if time is enough. You can also watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening for USD60 per person at your own expense.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
Jokhang Temple has a beautiful golden roof.
Day 7 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place may not be that famous but with its advantage. It consists of a monastery and several ancient meditation caves. There are some holes that kind of arrows left in the cliffs are believed to prove that the legendary hero Gesar of Ling had visited this valley.

In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate starts around 3 to 5 p.m. It's exciting, even if you don't understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside of the monastery. Besides, the sight in the Sera monastery is splendid because you can see roses around. That's why people also call it "the court of wild rose."

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics.
Day 8 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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