Travel to Tibet from Guangzhou

The Panyu Bridge in Guangzhou is distinctive.

Guangzhou, as a metropolis with highly developed economy, is located in the south coast of China. Due to its good geography and convenient transportation, most foreign travelers can get in to China from Guangzhou easily. Taking Guangzhou as the first stop of the China Tibet tour is a great decision for you can enjoy the natural scenery, explore places of interest, take part in diverse festivals and eating Cantonese food.

Located on the Tropic of Cancer with mild climate and abundant rainfall, Guangzhou is full of various sorts of flower and called as “Flower City”. Therefore, there are many flower festivals held there, like Lotus Festival, Spring Festival Flower Market, etc.

Here is a saying that ”Eat in Guangzhou”. This sentence shows that the Cantonese Cuisine is one of the most famous regional cuisine in China. Therefore, many tourists from home and abroad would like to enjoy the Cantonese Morning Tea & Dim Sum when they travel to Guangzhou.

After your visit in Guangzhou, you can take the flight or train to Lhasa to start your Tibet tour. As for flying to Tibet, there is only one flight from Guangzhou to Lhasa, having a stopover in Chongqing. This flight is operated by China Southern Airlines, from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Lhasa Gongga Airport. The duration of the flight is about 5h and 55m from 8:10am to 14:05pm. However, it is very convenient to take flights to other cities, so tourists can choose to take connecting flights. Then you can transfer to other major cities first, like Chengdu, Xining, Kunming, Chongqing, Xi’an, etc.

The distance of the train route from Guangzhou is much longer and takes more time than flights, but you can enjoy the stunning scenery of shivering rivers, vast grassland, massive desert and giant mountains on the way. Meanwhile, taking the train to Tibet can help travelers get acclimatized to the high altitude gradually. Moreover, there are two kinds of oxygen supply systems onboard, and they can relieve yourself from altitude sickness. Currently, there is one daily train departs from Guangzhou to Lhasa. The Z264 train starts at 11:45 and arrives at 16:19 on the third day, taking about 52 hours and 34 minutes.

If you think taking the train from Guangzhou to Tibet is too long, you can fly to Xining first which is the nearest city to Tibet among major gateway cities. Xining is the starting point of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, so all the trains starting from other cities will pass Xining. The train from Xining to Lhasa takes much less time about 21 hours with frequent schedule.


  1. When you arrive Lhasa, you should have a good rest so that you can adapt to the high altitude.
  2. The flight or train tickets are sold out quickly, so you should confirm your trip at least 3 months earlier, and your travel agency can book the tickets for you in advance.
  3. The flight and train schedules are may be changed from different seasons.So when you need to check the latest information about booking tickets, you can contact the travel agency or search on the Internet.
  4. Before boarding the flight or train to enter Tibet, you should prepare all the documents required. If you don’t know how to apply Tibet permits, you’d better consult with the travel agency.

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