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

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai

When you arrive at the airport in Shanghai, your tour guide and driver will greet you by holding your name sign at the exit, then drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from the jet lag.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Day 2 Visiting Suzhou and Tongli Water Town

Today, you are going to Tongli Water Town. We will set out from Shanghai to Tongli Town in the early morning, which takes about 1.5hrs. In the morning, you will visit the Tuisi Garden. Although the scale of Tuisi Garden is not large, it is extremely exquisite with an elegant main hall, winding corridors, chic gardens, and poetic architecture. Then Take a Wu Peng boat to glide in the river and cross ancient bridges. The ancient town seen in that way will have a different perspective and make the trip easy.

In the afternoon, you are driving 1hr to Suzhou to visit Humble Administrator Garden, also known as Zhouzheng Garden, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. Finally, you will drive back to Shanghai.

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 in the hotel lobby in the morning. After having breakfast, you will start the tour in Shanghai. First of all, you will visit the Yu Garden -- It is a typical private garden in China with nearly 500 years of history, located in Shanghai old town. Then you will continue to the Bund, which is a Chinese historical and cultural block, also one of the landmarks of Shanghai. Most of the buildings here were erected before 1937. It used to be a British concession. Now it is called an exhibition of international architecture. At noon, you will have lunch at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you can wander around Nanjing Road, a must-see metropolitan destination where attracts thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world. Finally, you will seeJade Buddha Temple, of which the highlights are two precious jade statues of Sakyamuni. In the evening, 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.

Stay overnight in the train

Yuyuan Garden
Day 4 Scenery View of Tibet Railway

It's quite a long journey. You will move westwards and see the majestic mountains, the barren land, and the Yellow River. In the evening, you will arrive in Xining - the start point of the Qinghai-Tibet railway. You will see massive deserts, the immense grasslands, vast valleys, snow-capped Mountains, picturesque lakes, and flocks of yaks and sheep.

Stay overnight in the train

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 transfer to the hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day 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 and eat light. Not to have a shower if you can bear 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 close contact with Lhasa, which is 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 - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king 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 busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops and stalls that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicrafts, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan religious culture more deeply.


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 stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
Three Tibetan women at the gate of Jokhang Temple.
Day 7 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place maybe not 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 Ling Gesar had visited this valley.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from 3pm to 5pm. 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 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."

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Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monastery is renowned as the most beautiful Tibetan Monastey.
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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