There are 2 different visas for Tibet travel, namely China Visa for China to Tibet route, Tibet Group Visa for Nepal to Tibet route. Many people could not figure out these 2 visas, here let TCT explain to you in details.
Visa for Nepal to Tibet
You do not need China visa, but need to spend 3 working days in Kathmandu to get Tibet Group Visa(TGV).
Please firstly confirm your dates with us before booking any flights to and out of Kathmandu, otherwise it might be problem.
We also need to know which destination you fly to after Tibet trip, because the destination name will be listed in permit and not changeable
We need you Kathmandu hotel name, address, phone number, so that our Nepal worker can get to your hotel to apply TGV for you.
The TGV fee is NOT included, you need to pay our Nepal operator in cash + 2 passport size photos for TGV application.
Please install Whatsapp in your phone, so that we can make a group chat to include you, us and our Nepal operator, so that 3 parties can get in touch with each other online to figure things out.
Visa for China to Tibet
You need to apply China visa in your country beforehand WITHOUT mentioning Tibet, click here for details.
You can send us passport for booking first, and visa can be later when you have it.
If the Chinese embassy in your country needs invitation letter from us, please do advise, so that we can send it to you. We need your China arrival date + arrival city name , China departure date + departure city name to make this letter.
We need to know from which Chinese city you take flight/train to Lhasa, and which city you will go to after Tibet, these city names will be written on Tibet permit and NOT changeable, you can only enter Tibet or depart from Tibet from the fixed cities.
If you take flight to Lhasa, you need to stay one night in China so that we can post the permit to your hotel there, you need the permit for the flight boarding to Lhasa, we can NOT post the permit abroad.
If you take train to Lhasa, we will send you the Tibet permit 4-15 days beforehand, which you need to print TWICE for the train boarding.
The Gyirong border is just open at the end of Aug 2017, many visitors want to travel overland between TIbet and Nepal, but which route is the best? Let our experts tell you more.
Overland from Kathmandu to Everest or Lhasa
If you come from Kathmandu to Tibet overland, it will be a bit risky or dangerous, becuase Kathmandu is only 1370m in elevation, then you will get to Gyirong border (2600m) for 1 night only, and then suddenly get to Everest base camp(5200m), you will not have enough time to acclimatize before reaching the highest 5200m elevation, and worse is there is almost NO medical facility around at Everest base camp, which will be really dangerous unless you are really fit.
Overland from Kathmandu to Mt. Kailash
For those who want to do Kathmandu to Mt.Kailash overland tour, it is same dangerous, the altitude in Kathmandu is quite low and Mt. Kailash area is 4000+ meters, it will not be any medical facility during the 3 days mount Kailash pilgrimage trek, so it is always better to start the trip from Lhasa and reach mount Kailash gradually.
What is the Safest Way
The safest way is to do Lhasa to Kathmnadu overland tour, which is more reasonable route for altitude acclimatization, firstly spend 3 or more nights in Lhasa(3600m) for acclimatization, then going higher to Shigatse(3900m) for another night, then reach Everest(5200), after that to Gyirong border(2600m) for 1 night, and next day reach Kathmandu(1370m). So overall speaking, it is better to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa first, and taking overland tour to Everest or Mount Kailash, finally reaches Kathmandu. Or you can simply fly from Kathmandu to Tibet, then after the tour fly back to Kathmandu.
Here we have 2 sample itineraries for your reference, it could be tailor made to make it longer or shorter, hope this helps your planning.
Many travelers are not very clear of the local regulations in Tibet, here TCT will tell you more about the facts and regulations of Tibet travel.
1) Can i just buy Tibet permit from you and then travel Tibet on our own?
Government's regulation----Tibet permit can only be issued for those visitors who have already booked the tour with local agents. Only Chinese and HK citizens can travel Tibet without Tibet permit, but they still need other permits if going to Everest or certain places outside of Lhasa. You can NOT just buy Tibet permit from the Tibet agent without tour booking, otherwise the agent will be seriously punished or might be bankrupted. Tibet is very different from China other places of the world.
2) Do i still need to pay for a guide during my free days in Tibet?
Government's regulation----Even during free days in Tibet, a guide is also need to be arranged. Even though visitors do not wish the guide to show up or accompany them in their free days, but the agents still have to arrange a guide in case of anything unexpected---For example: some groups might have spy or terrorist inside, some visitors always try to visit some monasteries without guide, some try to talk to the monks for sensitive topics, or hang a anti-government flag on a mountain top or important sqaure, or try to escape from the group and stay with the monks to learn Buddhism, etc. All these behaviors are NOT allowed in Tibet.
Some agents ignore this regulation as they think most of travelers will just walk around for shopping only and will not be doing anything against government's rules, but if anything really happened, it will be really big trouble to the agent. The government will also question the guide, if the agent did not arrange guide in free days, then no guide dares to stand out to carry on the responsibility, because the guide might lose his/her license forever. But if the agent did pay to arrange the guide in free days, it will be less responsibility to the agent. That is why a guide needs to be arrange even during free days.
Free Day Guide Fee
The free day guide fee is as follow, please kindly check and decide if you really need free days.
If you do not need the guide's accompany in free days, the guide fee is USD46/per day
If you need the guide's accompany in free days, the guide fee is USD62/per day.
There is a case in this June that----One Indian traveler got lost on the scheduled airport drop-off day, the policemen found him one day later and got to know that Indian traveler went up to a mountain top for meditation, and he said the god told him to stay and meditate. Even this case is not the agent's fault, but the agent was still seriously punished by government. So please do remember----NEVER try to visit any monastery/temple/park without guide's accompany, the consequence could be serious.
3) Can i get to airport/train station on my own without guide?
Same reason as stated above, it is not allowed to take taxi or airport bus on your own to airport/train station, it has to be accompanied by the guide. For our Tibet group tours, there will a 3 free airport/train station transfers at different timming, but if you want to get to airport/train station at different timing, you will need to pay for a private guided transfer at price around RMB400=USD63/per time to airport, and RMB300=USD47/per time to train station.
Generally speaking, China domestic trains start to check in 15-30 minutes before departure. Train stations are large and busy especially in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, etc; it takes a while to get the tickets from the counter and find your train. Therefore, it is advisable to arrive at the rail station at least 60 minutes before departure, and during spring festival or other Chinese national holidays, you’d better to arrive 2 hours earlier.
Here are some basic steps for train boarding.
Usually the travel agent will book the ticket for you online, and send you the booking code. You need to get to the train station at least 1.5 hours early and line up at the ticket counter to get the train tickets by showing the original passport + booking code. Please do remember this.
If you are boarding a train to Tibet, the travel agent will send you the Tibet Travel Permit beforehand, which you need to print out TWICE for boarding the train.
The train offers some food and drinks, but you may also prepare some drinks, fruits, snacks, etc for the long train ride.
Step 1 Security Check
Which you will be requested to show your ticket and passport when entering the rail station. There are security checks (including X-ray luggage checks) at the entrance of each railway station, where your baggage will be checked.
Step 2 Find the right waiting room
After the security check, you should check from the electronic screen and find out the right waiting room to go. In some big cities, departure information is in both Chinese and English, while some other cities may only show Chinese, but do not worry, you could always get the help from the train station staffs or other passengers, or simply find your train by yourselves according to train info shown on your ticket. Note: One waiting room usually will be used by a few trains rather than just one.
Step 3 Passing the ticket gate and get into the platform
In most cases, check-in starts 30 minutes before the train's departure. But sometimes G, C & D trains may start check in 15-20 minutes. When your train starts the check-in process, you should stand in a queue and go through the ticket barrier. At the barrier you need to show your ticket and passport.
Step 4 Board a train compartment correctly
There is specific compartment and seat number on you train ticket. You are required to board a train from the certain compartment and take the certain seat according to your ticket.
There is boiled water supply in each Tibet train. The water will not be ready for drinking until the temperature is up to 100℃, but as it is hard to boil the water on high altitude place, so the Tibet train has created new water supply facility, which water will be fully boiled at 70℃, these measures guarantee passengers to have clean drinking water. And the Shanghai to Lhasa train has water purifying system, so water is drinkable even not full boiled.
The water tank is usually located between 2 cars, serving hot water 24 hours in a day. You will need to bring your own container for getting the water, but please be careful of the hot water as the train is moving. You may also contact the train attendants for hot water supply, they can bring it to you at 08:00-18:00 in a day. Tip: Hot water is also available at Sink Area on Tibet train for cleaning or washing something, but the hot water at sink area is usually undrinkable.
There is unlimited access to boiling water from a tap in the hall on all Tibet trains so instant noodles, instant oatmeal, tea and anything else that just requires hot water are good things to pack with you (you can also buy instant noodles on board).
Many people still think taking the train to Tibet is the best way for acclimatization, but according to our professional experience, we would say a BIG NO to this. Let us share some of our experience with you to avoid you making some mistakes!
Available train or flights to Tibet
Currently visitors can take either train or flight for these cities:
Flight from---Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Xining, Kunming, Shangri-la, Guangzhou
Train from---Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xian, Xining
Advantages by taking Tibet train
1)Nice Scenery along the way---- The railway with 45 stations to the Roof of the World offers marvelous and majestic views as passing three mountain ranges and many rivers & lakes. Some famous sights including the Kunlun and Tanggula mountain ranges, Qinghai Lake, Kekexili and Tuotuo River, Grassland, etc. And also some rare wild animals can be seen along way. From desert scenes to frozen tundra to snow caps, plenty of yaks, sheep, cows. The closer to Tibet, the more prayer flags and stupas.
2)Cheaper to buy the train ticket---- The train to Tibet is very limited soft sleepers and can be very hard to buy in peak season (July to August), for example the Beijing to Lhasa train only has around 40 soft sleepers a day, so during peak season, travel agencies will have to buy from ticket scalpers by paying high booking fee, this make the train ticket expensive and still a risk of failing to get the train tickets some times. While the train ticket out of Lhasa is much easier and cheaper to buy.
Disadvantages by taking Tibet train
Long train ride---- which might be boring to some visitors.
Can be dangerous to certain people---- The reason is that during the train ride from Beijing or other Chinese mainland cities, visitors will experience with highest altitude contrast of 200m to 5,072m, in this case, many visitors might not feel physically comfortable and will throw up or get headache, etc. We have witness or heard many passengers got serious high altitude sickness on the train and the limited medical care facility on the train is not enough to treat these visitors, it can be extremely dangerous to certain people!!!
Let us show you a form below so that you can better understand the elevations along the Qinghai-Tibet railway. -------You can find that the ride from mainland China to Xining will already take around 1/2 or 2/5 of the total train ride , but the elevation before Xining is less than 1524m (5000ft), this is totally no use for acclimatization, the really acclimatization will be from Xining (2295m), but the ride from Xining to Lhasa is only 24hrs or so, so that means you need to experience the harsh elevation during 24hrs. The key of getting acclimatization is to ascend slowly, but the Xining to Lhasa section in 24hrs is certainly not a slow part, on contrast it is too fast ascending. That is no doubt many visitors got sick or life-danger by doing this.
Fly directly from above cities to Lhasa and then take train out of Lhasa.
Take either flight or train to Xining (2295m) ---start point of Qinghai/Tibet railway, stay 1-3 nights there to acclimatize, than take train from Xining to Lhasa (3490m). And Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province, it has the famous tourist resources like Qinghai Lake, Ta'er Monasery, etc, it is good to have a 3 days tour there.
Classes of seats and sleepers
People might get confused on different classes of trains in China Tibet trains. In general, Tibet trains have two types of seats and two types of sleepers.
Equivalent to second class seats on Western trains
Cheapest and smallest seats (on average 40cm wide), without armrests
Two rows of five seats (3+2) sit face to face with a small table in between
Seats are usually padded and reasonably comfortable
It is mostly crowded and noisy, and passengers standing everywhere.
Soft seats: (NOT available in Tibet trains)
The soft seats are not available on Tibet trains, only on limited China trains.
Equivalent to first class seats on Western trains
Second cheapest and slightly bigger seats (on average 45cm wide), sometimes with armrests
Seats are softer and more comfortable, sometimes with adjustable backs
Two rows of four seats (2+2) sit face to face with a small table in between
It is mostly quiet and clean, people with standing / other ticket are not allowed
The hard sleeper compartment does NOT have door, it is less privacy.
Each compartment has totally 6 beds, each side is equipped with 3 beds of upper, middle and lower.
The beds are padded and basic bedding is supplied
There is a small table between the two lower beds, sometimes also a power socket (power socket is also available in aisle).
Luggage is stored under the beds or on the top of the aisle, you can close the door to keep it more privacy.
There might be foldable seats and tables in the aisle, if you are taking Tibet train, there is oxygen outlet in the aisle.
Each compartment is closed and has totally 4 beds, each side is equipped with 2 beds of upper, and lower.
The beds are softer and wider, quality bedding is supplied
There is a small table between the two lower beds, a power socket and television/radio are equipped.
Each bunk has a reading lamp
Luggage is stored under the beds or over the door, you can close the door to keep it more privacy.
There are foldable seats and tables in the aisle, if you are taking Tibet train, there is oxygen outlet in the aisle.
Differences of soft sleeper and hard sleeper
Visitors might get miss-led by the word—HARD, actually hard sleepers on Tibet train is still soft, it is the 2nd class sleeper, comfortless is after only the soft sleeper. Here we would like to tell you more about the differences of these 2 types of sleepers on Qinghai Tibet Trains.
Soft sleeper compartment has 4 sleepers, which are called Lower sleeper and Upper Sleeper. While hard Sleeper compartment has 6 sleepers inside, which are called Lower sleeper, Middle sleeper, Upper sleeper.
Soft sleeper compartment is slightly bigger space than hard sleeper compartment.
Soft sleepers are slightly wider and softer than Hard sleepers. As many foreign visitors are strong, so soft sleeper might be more comfortable.
Each soft sleeper has a TV screen, while the hard sleeper does not have.
Soft sleeper berth has a door which could be locked and keep away the noise outside and give you more privacy. While hard sleepers usually do not have door, will be a bit noise and less privacy. * But since the door in soft sleeper could be locked, so it might be a bit strange to some passengers especially female passenger sharing the compartment with other unknown males; While hard sleeper compartment is in an open area, give you less strange feelings.
Power is available on all Tibet trains. Each soft sleeper compartment has an outlet under the table of the compartment, which is quite convenient. While each hard sleeper car is only equipped with 2-3 outlets. As the limited outlets and hot demand onboard, so you may have to wait in line for your turn, and the electricity supply will be cut after 22:00pm.
The outlet is with 220Voltage, each socket has 2 outlet , one is 2 holes and the other is 3 holes, the most frequently used is the 2 holes outlet. While the 3 holes out is less people use.
The train only allows passengers to plug in the outlet directly with their electronic devices, it is forbidden to connect the train socket with passenger's personal socket;
The voltage on the Tibet train might not be stable all the time, which might hurt your electronic products, so if possible, please bring your own mobile electricity supplier instead. And the signal reception on the train is not stable too, receiving phone call and have internet access could be difficult.
Electronics vs. Electrical Devices
Before packing, understand the difference between electronics (computer, digital camera charger, DVD player) and electrical devices (hair dryer, electric shaver). Your electronics will likely work with the use of an adapter. To make sure, check the AC power adapter (that big black box that goes between your computer, for example, and the plug in the wall). On the back you'll see some information. Look for "Input". If it says ~100V-240V, you're fine to travel with it all over the world. All you'll need is a wall plug adapter (more about those below). If you're still not sure, you should check online with the manufacturer.
Your electrical devices are a different story. Your hair dryer, curling iron or electric shaver will require a converter if you're coming from a country that uses 110V (North America, Japan). A converter is a very large implement that converts the input from 220V to 110V for your device. If you don't use a converter, at best, you'll ruin your device. At worst, you'll see fireworks coming out of the wall socket. If you're bringing your laptop to China, you might not need to use a voltage converter because many laptops are designed to handle 220V electricity. Check your power pack, which should state the amount of voltage your laptop can handle. If you're staying in a mid-level or luxury hotel, your room already might have 110V converter plugs built in.
You may also leave anything that requires a converter at home. Some larger, fancier hotels offer a 110V plug in the bathroom but it usually comes with the warning "for electric shavers only" Nearly all hotels provide hair dryers these days and if you absolutely need other things, like hair curlers, then look for a travel set that doesn't require a converter.
The Accepting Wall Sockets in China
Now to the actual wall sockets. See the photo at the above. This is what most wall sockets look like these days in China. The socket takes a two-prong plug. The prongs must be the same size ("Type A"), although many modern devices with Type A plugs have one wider prong. This type won't fit into a Chinese wall socket and will require an adapter. This socket will also take a "Type C" or "Type F" plug that is standard in Germany. (If you're coming from Europe, all your devices will work - China uses the same voltage.)
The bottom socket in the photo takes "Type I" plugs common in Australia and New Zealand. (All your devices will work if you're coming from Australia/NZ as well as you use the same voltage as China.)
Adapters to Bring or Buy
You can buy adapters before you leave at travel-supply stores and electronic stores. Airports also sell universal adapters, especially in the international departure gate area. But if you don't get one before you go, you'll be able to pick them up easily in China with cheaper price. Your hotel might also supply you one for free during your stay.
passengers can recharge their phones with the power socket in their compartment or the two in the aisle. Hard sleeper coaches have two sockets at the end of the aisle. There is no socket in hard seat carriages, but one is available in the conductor’s cubicle. Passengers are able to recharge their mobile phones, laptops, tablet PCs, and electric razors. However, high-power electrical appliances, such as induction cookers and electric cookers, may not be used.
This is a list of stations on the Qinghai–Tibet railway (also called Qingzang railway) . The Qinghai–Tibet railway was inaugurated on 1 July 2006.
The Qinghai–Tibet railway starts at Xining West Railway Station and ends at Lhasa Railway Station, total length 1,956 km (1,215 mi).
The 0-km milestone is located just a few hundred meters west to Xining West Railway Station.
About Qinghai Tibet Railway
Qinghai-Tibet railway is totally 1,956 kilometers (1216 miles) long, consisting of 2 phases: the first phase 814 km (506 miles) from Xinning - the capital of Qinghai Province to Golmud opened in 1984; the second phase 1142 km (710 miles) from Golmud to Lhasa
Taking a train to the roof of the world--Tibet, has become a dream to visitors from both home and abroad. no matter from Xining to Lhasa or reverse, this is always a lifetime journey you could not miss. >>6 Days Discover Tibet Train Tour from Xining
Right Way to Take Qinghai Tibet Railway
There are also available trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou to Lhasa, BUT all these trains are about 40 or more hours long ride, and the views before these trains reaching Xining is actually not very rewarding, so the BEST option is to take the Qinghai-Tibet train from Xining to Lhasa, fly to Xining (capital of Qinghai Province) and spend 2-3 days in Xining for sightseeing and acclimatization, Xining is around 2261m high, stay 2-3 days there before taking the train climbing to higher Tanggula Pass (over 5000m) does help you to reduce reaction of the high altitude. And what is more, the most stunning highland views of this train journey is exactly from Xining other than any other cities.
If you want to better acclimatize the high altitude and limited time, do not waste your time for other not necessory train ride section before Xining, taking train from Xining to Lhasa directly. >>Wrong Concept of Tibet Train Travel
What to see along the Qinghai Tibet Railway
Qinghai Lake, covering an area of 4500 square kilometers, is the largest salt water lake in China. The lake is 3205m(10,515 feet) above sea level and 150km from Xining of Qinghai Province. Qinghai Lake has become a popular attraction for lake cycling and bird watching, besides, it attracts visitor with its stunning highland views and the cultural mix of Tibetan, Mongolian, and Muslim monrities.
2) Ta'er Monastery:
Ta'er Monastery , located 25km away from Xining, is a treasure trove of Lamaism. The monastery is known for its impressive murals, barbola embroidery and yak-butter sculptures called Suyouhua. This large complex spreads out over about 14.4 hectares/ 35.5 acres, and consists of numerous structures, some built in a Tibetan architectural style and others built in a Han Chinese architectural style. It is a must-see site in Xining and attracts a lot of visitors every year.
3) Kunlun Mountains:
Kunlun Mountains are one of the longest mountain chains in Asia, extending more than 3,000 km. In the broadest sense, it forms the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau south of the Tarim Basin and the Gansu Corridor and continues east south of the Wei River to end at the North China Plain.
4) Tanggula Mountains:
Which a mountain range in the central part of the Tibetan Plateau of China. The Tanggula’ s elevations of the main ridge average more than 5,000m, it is the source of the Ulan Moron and Dangqu Rivers, the geographic headwaters of the Yangtze. The range thus functions as a dividing range between the basin of the Yangtze River in the north and the endorheic basins of north-eastern Tibet in the south.
5) Namtso Lake:
Namtso is ‘Heavenly Lake’ to Tibetans, it is often described as being next to heaven because of its lofty altitude, stunning beauty, pure blue water, and spiritual associations. It is the highest saltwater lake in the world. Snow-capped mountains and open grassland, dotted with yak herds and local nomads, surround the crystal clear water of Lake Nam, making it one of the most beautiful places in Tibet.
6) Qiangtang Grassland:
Which means "northern highland", refers to the north Tibetan plateau. Located in among kunlung mountains, Tanggula mountains and Ganddis mountains,Qiangtang Grassland covers 2/3 of the entire Tibet.It's total area is over 600000 square kilometers averaging about 4000 meters above sealevel. Cold, Windy and snowy for 8 or 9 months in a year and frozen land can be seen everywhere. An old folk song sings like this: "The mysterious Qiangtang, it is so wild and desolate when you are here the first time; it becomes your lovely hometown when you get to know more."
7) Tuotuohe River:
Tuotuohe River is the source of Yangtze River. Glaciers melt into many streamlets which form a wide river. You will find that watercourse is very wide but water is small and shallow. In summer and autumn, Tuotuohe looks like many bright slices bars laying on the grassland. While in winter, the whole water gets frozen.
8) Yangpachen geotherm:
Enjoy the amazing geothermal view on route where is 90km to Lhasa. Hot springs gush to the air of meters height. In the morning, large steam forms above the water. Having a bath is good for health and helps you get rid of strain.
Tibet Trains are all equipped with oxygen generation systems. The system has compression resistance design. It has overcomes the problems of large temperature difference between day and night in plateau region and also the low pressure caused by insufficient air pressure. Oxygen is supplied in the way of dispersion and distribution to meet the different demands for passengers.
Tibet Train offers two sets of Oxygen supply system. One is used for increasing the oxygen content in the train when the train to Lhasa is driven into the plateau zone. The other is directly used by passengers through independent port. There are oxygen supply tube and mask on each cabin for emergency. When Tibet Train heads its way up to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Zone, Oxygen begins to emit to the whole cabin by temperature and air pressure controlling system, it mostly release the difficulty of traveling on such ahigh altitude, like headache, out of breath inside Oxygen filled cabins. The altitude, temperature , driving speed are shown on each cabin as well. Private Oxygen masks are provided to every passengers whatever tickets you have. In sleeping berth car, you can find Oxygen Supply tube and mask on each cabin for emergency. The air pressure inside train is automatically controlled to make you feel as traveling in low altitude zone. More than these conveniences, the glass window of Tibet Train is designed to anti ultraviolet rays. In a conclusion, Tibet Train is such a train full of caring, known as the best Train exploring on the roof of the word.
The oxygen supply in Qinghai-Tibet train is fairly easy to use. All you need to do is ask train staffs to get you the oxygen tube and use it via oxygen outlet. If you still feel uncomfortable or shortness of breath, you can ask the help from the train staffs for timely treatment from the clinic on the train
Electricity in China is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. This is twice the standard voltage than in North America and some Latin American countries which run on 110V 60Hz.
The standard wall plug in most households in China has a grounding pin and two power conducing pins in a V-shape. If your device's electrical plug has a different shape than the one above, you may need an electrical adapter.
An adapter does not change the voltage of the device, the converter does that. When buying an Electric Adapter for China pay attention that you are getting the one with the V-shape that will fit the Chinese socket. Most of the Universal sets will include it but double check, sometimes the sets are only US to Europe or US to UK adapters.
Some sets also include the converter, some only the adapters, so make sure you buy what you need.
In China, GSM networks operated by China Mobile is the best so far, while CDMA network run by China Unicom is the second option, so if you have a dual band or tri band mobile phone or use COSMOTE card, then you can use your mobile phone in China, though any calls you make will be considered long-distance. A cheaper option is to buy GSM or CDMA SIM card. Our guides will help you to choose the right one you may need.
The following is how to dial international call from China:
00+country code + region code + phone number
The country code for USA and Canada is 1, 44 for UK, 61 for Australia, 43 for Austria, 41 for Switzerland, 852 for Hong Kong, 39 for Italy, 31 for Holland, 64 for New Zealand, etc. For the other countries, please check the instruction book in the hotel room.
Credit card payment via PayPal is acceptable, but the credit card fee is high, so it is expensive especially when the amount is huge.
If you are paying us a huge sum of money more than USD1500, we suggest you to pay via Western Union or regular bank transfer. But if the amount is less than USD1500, you can pay via credit card via PayPal.
The Western Union is fast and low transfer fee, we can get the payment in a few minutes. The regular bank transfer is also low transfer fee but takes 3-10 working days for us to get the money.
It is better for us to arrange the train or flight tickets for you, because the domestic flights in China frequently be cancelled or change timing, the updates will be sent to you via email, but Gmail is not able to use in China, or you do not always have access to emails while traveling, so you might miss these updates. While if we book for you, we will get the emails and cellphone message from the airline companies, and will inform you immediately and help you to negotiate with airline companies for alternative solutions. We do have a few groups missed the flights which they booked on their own.
We are booking the international flights from the same booking platform as you, you will pay more if booking international flights with us as there is credit card fee or transfer fee involved. So we suggest you to book the international flights on your own, and we can do the China domestic flights/trains for you as we can get good price.
Tibet is considered as part of China and a domestic stop, BUT Hong Kong is considered as an international stop:
Single Entry Visa for:
1) China-Tibet-China route
2) HK-China route
3) HK-China-Tibet-China route
4) HK-China-Tibet-Nepal route
5) Nepal-China route
Double Entry Visa for:
1) China-Tibet-Nepal-China route
2) HK-China-Tibet-Nepal-China route
3) HK-China-HK-China route
Tibet Group Visa for:
1) Nepal-Tibet-China route
There are 2 ways to get visa in your country:
1) Apply by yourself at the Chinese embassy in our near your city, we may send you the invitation letter to assist your application.
2) Pay a local agent in your city to deal with the visa application for you.
Note: HK and Macau is consider to be an international stop, while Tibet is considered to be domestic stop.
Single entry visa is required for HK-China-Tibet-China route
Double entry visa is required for HK-China-HK-China route.
China is generally a safe country to visit as Chinese are friendly and the government cares about foreign visitor's safety and security very much. But there are still some typical tourist traps and important travel advices that you should be aware of. Click here for more.
The 3 major Chinese national “Golden Weeks” to avoid are:
Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year)
This is the worst time to travel. The exact dates each year varies since it’s based on the Lunar Calendar, but it’s usually around late January to mid-Feb. Technically about 2 weeks but many Chinese will just get the first week off. Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional holidays, kind of the equivalent of Christmas in the West. A huge chunk of the population — from white collar to migrant worker — takes off work to travel back to their hometowns to spend time with their families. Most businesses shut down completely, so your options for eating and shopping also become severely limited in smaller towns. Of course, if you don’t mind the crowds, it can be lots of fun (festivals, street activity, etc). But if you hate crowds and the incessant noise of firecrackers going off at all hours, I’d suggest earplugs and/or a lot of beer.
National Day (1st to 5th Oct)
A 5 days-long holiday that celebrates founding of People’s Republic. In particular, avoid Beijing sites (Forbidden City, which is next to the parades at Tiananmen Square, as well as the nearby Great Wall of China).
Labor Day (1st to 3th May)
Until 2007, this was a week-long holiday but has since been scaled back to a long 3-day weekend. So not as crazy as before but still definitely want to avoid being in transit during this time.
Please kindly check this link for more: www.timeanddate.com/weather/china
China Travel Season Division:
High season: April to May & Sept to Oct.
Shoulder season: June to Aug & November
Low season: December to March
Avoid National Holidays:
1) National Holiday (1st to 5th May, 1st to 5th Oct)
2) Spring Festival (Jan of Chinese Lunar Calendar)
The following is a reference table for tourists to prepare clothing on their trips.
Spring: 10-22 centigrade, Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes.
Summer: 22 centigrade and above, T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear.
Autumn: 10-22 centigrade, Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes.
Winter: 10 centigrade or lower, overcoat, cotton clothes, lined coats. In very cold areas a cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required.