How much is the cost of a Tibet tour (part 3)

This is the third part of “How much is the cost of a Tibet tour”.

How to get into Tibet?
Not as simple as other places in the world, there is a lot of work to do for entering Tibet. People can choose highway, train, and flight three ways to get in Tibet. For domestic visitors, most of them choose driving or biking along with the Sichuan - Tibet Highway for a journey of hard practicing. But for foreign travelers, taking a train or flight is better as it costs a shorter time. Just need to pick up the city you want to depart.

stunning Tibet scenery 


No matter flight or train ticket to Tibet, you will need the Tibet Travel Permit (as mentioned in my previous email) to buy it. According to the tourism policy of Tibet, to get that Tibet Travel Permit, you need to have an official tour guide who is authorized by the government, which means you have to book a Tibet Tour in advance from a formal Tibet Travel Agency. Here once again, please choose a local Tibetan tour company which will definitely save money than choosing those intermediary agencies.
Before you head to the airport or train station for departure, please make sure that you take all your belongings, especially those important documents, passport, Tibet travel permit, etc. Don’t try to seek loophole, the regulation is very strict in Tibet, there is no lucky man under the noses of the officers. You could never cross the borderline without the permit. What you can do is to provide clear, legible, and correct documents.
It will be easy and trouble-free to get into Tibet as long as you have all the necessary permits the government asks for. The travel agency you are engaged with will take responsibility for your behavior in Tibet. Thus, the government knows that there is always an eye kept on you.

The winding Yarlung Zangbo River, Tibet


Flight cost USD350-500 + Hotel in China USD30-60 per night
Taking a flight is the first choice for those travelers who have a tight schedule. Basically, all the flights into Tibet arrive in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region. Lhasa Kongga International Airport now only allowed one international flight, which is from Kathmandu in Nepal, and a number of national flights, which are from the main cities of mainland China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’ning, and so on. Therefore, if you decided not to fly to Lhasa from Nepal, you have to stop at any one of the above cities first, from where you can fly to Lhasa directly. If time is enough, you can have a trip to that city before your Tibet tour. After all, those cities are all charming places in China, will not let you down.
Here I want to point out Yunnan province, which has 4 flights going directly to Lhasa, from 4 different cities - Kunming, Dali, Zhongdian (Shangri-La), and Lijiang. The first three cities are at a similar elevation of around 1,800-2,000 meters (5,906-6,562 feet) above sea level. But Lijiang is much higher than them - 3,200 meters (10,499 feet). So, it’s a good plan to choose Lijiang as your first stop in China if you are afraid of getting altitude sickness. The research and experience show that the less of altitude difference is, the more chance of overcoming altitude sickness will be. Besides, it’s really a beautiful tourist site worth visiting.

A lovely couple is taking a picture in Tibet


*Regarding the accurate flight cost, please check the latest price list on the websites of different airlines.

                                       ---to be continued

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