Xining is not often visited by most travelers to China, but here you can enjoy a fantastic sightseeing and cultural experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world. In addition to the incredible scenery that you will enjoy along the way, taking the train from Xining to Lhasa is budget friendly, plus it allows you to more gradually acclimatize yourself to the higher altitude of Lhasa and Tibet.Our friendly and experienced travel consultants can help you with anything that you need for the trip, from your airplane and train tickets to the necessary Tibet travel permits to setting you up with your personal tour guides, hotel rooms and airport/train station transfers. Just contact us and we can help you plan the perfect Xining Tibet trip for you that meets your needs.
Xining is one of the best places to take a train or flight to Tibet, because it is close to Tibet and tourists do not need to spend too much time a flight or train.
By flights – Taking off at noon and arriving in Lhasa in afternoon, the flights from Xining to Lhasa give tourists enough time to take a rest and acclimatize to the high altitude after arriving in Tibet. Some of our customers like to take a stroll around their hotels after arriving in Lhasa in afternoon. It takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes and costs between 2200 and 2800 RMB to fly from Xining to Lhasa.
By train – It takes only 22 hours to go to Lhasa from Xining by train. Tourists can admire the sceneries and various wild animals during the train ride. If you are keen to take a train trip to Tibet, Xining is the most recommended starting station.
Yes. If you have at least one day in Xining before departing for Tibet, it is suggested to pay a visit to the Qinghai Lake, the largest inland salt-water lake in China. Qinghai means “Green Sea” in Chinese language. The lake is so large, and its water is salt, so ancient people thought it was sea, rather than lake. The sea-sized lake is still “growing” larger year by year.
Besides beautiful lake view, the Qinghai Lake is a paradise for bird watching. Over 200 species of birds were found in the lake area. Summer is the best season to admire birds on Qinghai Lake.
It takes around 5 hours for a round car ride between Xining and Qinghai Lake, so it is possible to visit the Qinghai Lake during daytime and go back to Xining to stay overnight.
If you have 1 day in Xining, it is suggested to take a round day trip from Xining to Qinghai Lake, the most renowned tourist attraction in Qinghai Province. The lake view and lovely birds are the highlights of this huge salt-water lake. Take a telescope with you if it is possible. It takes around 7 hours to finish this round day trip. If it is ok for you to get up at 7:00 am or earlier, you can extend this trip to Chaka Salt Lake, where is renowned for the salt sculptures. By adding this lake, your day trip can be prolonged to 11 hours.
If you have 2 days, it is suggested to take another day trip to Ta’er Monastery, a monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. The frescos, statuses of Buddha made from Tibetan butter and dolls stuffed by cotton or wool are the essence of art in the monastery.