How to Plan a Beijing Tibet Tour

Badaling Great Wall is a must-visit place during a Beijing Tibet trip.

Why Plan a Beijing Tibet Tour?

Beijing, capital of China, is the center of policy and culture while Tibet is a combination of nature and culture. To plan a Beijing Tibet tour can provide you a chance to enjoy the varied scenery and experience the traditional imperial culture in Tibet and local Buddhist culture in Tibet.

How to Go to Tibet from Beijing?

To go to Tibet, there are two popular options for you:

One is to go to Tibet from Beijing by plane. The plane departs from the Beijing Capital International Airport and arrives at Lhasa Gonggar Airport. There are 10 direct flights from Beijing to Lhasa every day. Among them, five are non-stop flights that directly fly to Lhasa, costing nearly 4.5 hours, while the other five will stop over at Xi’an, Chengdu, and Xining, cost 1.5 hours more than that of non-stop flights.

The other is to go to Lhasa from Beijing by train. It takes about 41 hours to take the train to Tibet from Beijing, covering a distance of 3,757 km. Most part of this route is Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which is a high-elevation railway and connects the Tibetan Autonomous Region with other cities in mainland China. The train is air-conditioned, oxygen-supplied and UV-filtered, which creates you a comfortable experience on the train. Along the way, you can view the landscape outside the window both natural and human, such as Jinyintan Prairie, Qinghai Lake, Qarhan Salt Lake, Nyaiqentanglha Mountains and so on.

Spend Several Days in Beijing

Since it is a common embodiment of both modern and ancient Chinese civilization, you can visit sights of different styles.

  • The Forbidden City

Known as the world’s top five palaces, the Forbidden City is a must-see sight in Beijing. It is the largest- scale surviving imperial palace complex in the world covering 250 acres. The Forbidden City lies in the heart of Beijing city for it is the palace of emperors in ancient China.

  • Badaling Great Wall

One of the eight wonders of the world, the Great Wall attracts millions of tourist abroad and at home every year. You can climb the Badaling Great Wall in Yanqing District, Beijing. It typically represents the majestic and precipitous features of the Great Wall. You’d better wear soft shoes so that it will not painful for you to climb it.

  • The Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube

Built for the 29th Summer Olympics, the National Stadium (commonly known as the Bird’s Nest) and the Water Cube are located on both sides of the northern end of the Beijing city’s central axis, forming Beijing a relatively complete image of the historical and cultural city. These two are presents of the modern buildings in Beijing.

  • Beijing Hutong

Hutong is an ancient urban alley unique to Beijing. In Beijing, there are thousands of hutongs, surrounding the Forbidden City. Most of them are formed in the Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty in Chinese history. In these ancient hutongs, you can get close to the life of the local real Beijingers’. On both sides of the hutongs, there exist small restaurants and taverns.

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