Chengdu, reputed for being the homeland of Pandas, is the capital of Sichuan province and a famous touristy destination with over 2000 years history, and as the important transport hub in the southwest of China, it’s the most convenient gateway city to Tibet by means of car, train and flight.
There is a train going to Lhasa that originate in Chengdu departing every other day, and the total distance covered is 3360 kilometers.
There are more than 10 flights between Chengdu and Lhasa everyday with cheaper airfare compared to other cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, and the flying only takes around 2 hours.
2-3 days sightseeing in Chengdu is suggested, with options of organized join-in tour or customized private tour. The recommended highlights in urban city are Panda Base, Jinli Street, Jinsha Relic Museum, etc. Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain near Chengdu are also worthwhile visiting if you have more time.
Explore the featured highlights of Beijing (Great Wall & Forbidden City), Xi’an (Terracotta Warriors), Chengdu (Pandas & Hot Pot), enjoy the winding cruise of Yangtze River, and meet the devout pilgrims on the holy land of Lhasa. You’ll discover the diverse beauties of the country.
All foreign tourists are required to get a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit for visiting Tibet. Furthermore, an Alien Travel Permit is additionally needed for the trip to Everest Base Camp, as well as a Military Permit for the trip to Mt. Kailash or other sensitive border areas. All the permits will be organized by travel agencies on our side as part of our service, and the permit application process generally takes 15-20 work days depending on different routes of your Tibet tour. You can see more details below.