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Why Travel to Tibet from Beijing

Providing different culture and landscape, Beijing and Tibet are two top visited destinations in China. For most travelers who plan to visit China, Beijing is usually the best choice as the arrival city for international flights. In the capital city of China, supply for flight and train tickets is always adequate, you have series of choices to go to Tibet from there.

As the capital of China, this international metropolis has modern vitality as well as splendid culture with centuries-old history. It’s no wonder that Beijing is the most visited destination in China. It’s strongly recommend to covering Beijing in your trip, you’ll certainly experience a better journey.

Highlights in Beijing

You are suggested to spend several days in Beijing to see the attractions before leaving for Tibet. In the central city area of Beijing, you can visit the majestic Forbidden City and the stately Temple of Heaven. If you’re energetic, you can go to hike the Great Wall on another day. To spend extra days in Beijing, you are recommended to visit the elegant Summer Palace and mazy Hutongs. For visitors who enjoy life night, Opera Show, Kungfu Show and bars are especially prepared for you.


Transport

The distance between Beijing and Lhasa is about 3216km. It’s really a long journey, but you can transfer conveniently by flight or train.

If you prefer to travel by plane, you just need to have a 4-hour flight before landing in Lhasa, the exotic holy land. Take a plane is more comfortable and timesaving, you can spare more time to discovery the mysterious land.

The train journey will be much longer, usually takes about 43 hours, two days and two nights in the Train. Along the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest railway in the world, you will view the most breathtaking scenery. Desert, grassland, Land of snows, Snow Mountains and the crystal lakes will appear in your eyes one after another and attract your heart. Once you decide to travel by train from Beijing to Lhasa, the fabulous scenery along the railway will add much more interests to your remarkable Tibet tour.
Highlights in Lhasa.

As the capital of Tibet, Lhasa is the transfer center as well as the first destination in Tibet. The three world heritage sites - Potala Palaces, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street are must-sees for most travelers.

Famous for the overriding landmark of Tibet and the political and religious center of Tibet, Potala Palace has 13 stories and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. This splendid colossal palace dominates the skyline of Lhasa city after the historical changes of over 1300 years. Stepping up the sacred steps and get into the palace, delicate Thangkas, numerous Buddha statues, vivid wall paintings, and other marvelous art works will shock you.

Jokhang Temple is the center of Tibetan Buddhism and the ultimate pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. As a member of UNESCO's World Heritage list, this temple combines the architectural styles of Tibet, China, Nepal and India, with four stories and a golden top. Every day, hundreds of devoted pilgrims from every corner of Tibet come to worship here.

Barkhor Street is the oldest street in Lhasa and considered as the center of the old city. It’s an ideal place to learn more about Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. Traditional handicrafts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka, religious instruments, masks and a lot more can be found there. Strolling in the old alleys, you can enjoy the sweet tea, chat with locals, bargain with the street vendors and buy some souvenirs for your friends and family. In few hours, you’ll understand the real life in Lhasa.

5 kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. The grand, white construction is considered one of the “Three Great Monasteries”. Its name, Drepung, literally means “Collecting Rice” in the Tibetan language.

Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa. In the Tibetan language, “Sera” means wild rose. Because when the monastery was under construction, which was about 600 years ago, hill behind it was covered with blooming wild roses. Every afternoon, from Monday to Friday, monks will debate about Buddhism in it, which is the Sera Monastery famous for.

How to Get Tibet Permit When Traveling to Lhasa from Beijing

Tibet is an autonomous region of China, but it’s different from any other places of China. To visit Tibet, you should have a valid passport, a Chinese Visa and a Tibet Travel Permit. What’s more, foreign guests couldn’t travel in Tibet by themselves till now, you must connect with a credited travel agency and travel with an organized tour. Consult the travel agency and your consultant will handle with everything perfectly.

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