Xián Tibet Train Tour

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Through this Xi’an-Tibet tour, you may experience the transformation between Xi’an ancient Chinese culture and Tibetan traditional Buddhist culture, which contains visiting the Terracotta Warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an and sightseeing the Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, and Jokhang Temple in Tibet. While along the way, you will enjoy the fantastic scenery of Hoh Xil, Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Pass, Tuotuohe, and others, covering the view from human scenery to natural view of meadows and snow-covered mountains. You have two trains to choose from when you travel to Lhasa from Xi’an by train. One is Z265, which departs from Xi’an Railway Station at 09:45 and finally arrives at Lhasa at 16:19 the next day. The other is Z165 departing from Xi’an Railway Station at 11:24 and arriving at Lhasa at 19:30 the next day.

1 Arrive in Xi’an
2 Xi'an Sightseeing
3 Xi'an Sightseeing
4 Departure from Xi’an to Lhasa
5 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
6 Lhasa City
7 Lhasa Suburb
8 Departure from Lhasa
Day 1 Arrive in Xi’an

Once you arrive at Xian, our guide will meet you at the airport or railway station. They will drive you to your reserved hotel in Xi’an. Then you will have a rest in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Xian

Day 2 Xi'an Sightseeing

In the morning, we will drive to the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses which is considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World. It is a great chance for you to experience the profound and amazing history of Qin Dynasty, the first United Dynasty in ancient China. It may give you an impressive image of the Period of Warring States in ancient China. Here you can see the life-sized warrior figures and horses with distinct facial expressions and positions. You may be surprised by the various kinds of ancient weapons which reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago.

After that, we are going to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in Tang Dynasty, the most prosperous dynasty in ancient China. The Buddhist scriptures and figurines of the Buddha bring by Xuanzang from ancient Indu are well preserved in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Stay overnight in Xi'an

terra-cotta warriors
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 3 Xi'an Sightseeing

Shanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China is the best place to catch a glimpse of the glory of ancient Chinese civilization. It processes of large quantities of precious exhibits which can date from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty.

In the afternoon you can cycle on the top of Ancient City Wall. The wall is about 14 kilometers at the perimeter, with 98 defensive ramparts, four main gates, and a moat around it.The city wall is a wonderful example of an ancient defensive building.

Later, we are going to the Muslim Quarter, the most famous gourmet street and largest Muslim business street in Xi’an where you can chat with street vendors of Muslims and buy some exquisite handicrafts and enjoy delicious local snacks.

Stay overnight in Xi’an

Shanxi History Museum
City Wall
Day 4 Departure from Xi’an to Lhasa

Today, you will depart from Xi’an to Lhasa. You need to get up early to go to the Xi’an West​ Railway Station as the train will depart in the morning. Yo​u'd ​better arrive at the railway station ​1​ hour before the train stops at Xi’an, for you need to exchange your e-ticket for a paper ticket. ​Please be sure you have taken your original Tibet Travel Permit and passport. ​Your local tour guide ​will send you to the train station.

You will spend 30 or 32 hours on the train and enjoy the breathtaking ​scenery along the famous Qinghai-Tibet railway, such as Hoh Xil, Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Pass, Tuotuohe and so on. ​

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 City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

far view of Potala Palace.
Jokhang Temple has a beautiful golden roof.
Day 7 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart the Buddhism.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
Day 8 Departure from Lhasa

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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Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients



We would like to go on this tour, from Xian to Lhasa around August 12 2019. Could you please let me know about the cost and availability?



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 6 Days Xián Tibet Train Tour which is a private tour. 

Train ticket from Xi'an to Lhasa: USD260 p.p for the soft-sleeper (one way)



Hello: I am interested in the following itinerary: Train from Xian to Xining 1 day Xining Xining to Lhasa 4 days in Lhasa with 1 day lake or hotspring I will arrive into Xian on 20 September and will fly out of Beijing on 1 or 2 October. I can manage my own details for Xian. Happy to travel with another small group. Thank you!



According to your request, how about having our 5 days Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake Group Tour? 



We are planning to fly to Shanghai around 23rd November 2018. We have about 10 days total for our holiday in China. We would like to - see the main sights in Shanghai (spending 1 night) before travelling - to Xian for the Terracotta Army by train - after the stop in Xian We would like to take the train to Lhasa (If recommended, We could stop in Xining for getting used to the higher altitude) - Main sights of Lhasa - Would Also be interested in visiting the Lake Namtso, but not sure if it is easily possible in Late November - Then We would fly back home from Lhasa We Hope you could tailor made an itinarary proposal for us. Do not included cycling or long hiking activities as one of the traveller is elderly. All normal walking etc is of course fine. Thank you in advanve



In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to a 10 Days Shanghai Xian Tibet Train tour. We can't arrange Namtso lake tour in late November. 

Here is the itinerary of 10 Days Shanghai Xian Tibet Train tour.


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