Located on the east of the Tibetan plateau, Xining is the provincial capital of Qinghai and also taken as a popular gateway to Tibet. Muslim, Chinese and Tibetan inhabit on this vast and beautiful land harmoniously.
There situates one of the great monasteries -Ta’er Monastery, the birthplace of Tsongkhapa who was founder of the Gelugapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as China’s largest lake-Qinghai Lake with a lively bird island on the western side. Generally, 2-day trip visiting the highlights in and around Xining would be proper.
Traveling from Xining to Lhasa through the world’s highest railway is a delightful experience to reach the holy city. The train originates daily and the ride only takes 21 hours, whilst the best views of the Tibetan plateau is not missed.
Moreover, an overland journey from Xining to Lhasa by car will bring you wild, mountainous and stunning scenery along the way.
Explore the featured highlights of Beijing (Great Wall & Forbidden City), Xi’an (Terracotta Warriors), Chengdu (Pandas & Hot Pot), enjoy the winding cruise of Yangtze River, and meet the devout pilgrims on the holy land of Lhasa. You’ll discover the diverse beauties of the country.
All foreign tourists are required to get a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit for visiting Tibet. Furthermore, an Alien Travel Permit is additionally needed for the trip to Everest Base Camp, as well as a Military Permit for the trip to Mt. Kailash or other sensitive border areas. All the permits will be organized by travel agencies on our side as part of our service, and the permit application process generally takes 15-20 work days depending on different routes of your Tibet tour. You can see more details below.