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March 07, 2010


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Jay Bird

I have a felony for possession of weed that's 15yrs old..i have tried looking and have asked the Chinese consulate and have yet to reply! Would you know by chance if I should just forget my dream? Thanks

Nghi Ng

Thank you so much for posting this article. I'm a girl traveling to Tibet soon. Is there anything else I need to be aware of while I'm there?

Parinda Jayasuriya

Thank you for the vital information about Lhasa. Pl email me recommended agencies from Lhasa. I plan to come beijing and Lhasa in late August. Is Lhasa re-open for foreigners in August?


Neil, it is best to email me at [email protected] for travel agency recommendations.




This is a great article, thanks very much for all the nuggets of information provided.

My fiance and I are looking to travel to Tibet (taking the train from Chengdu) late July / early August. We are only planning to explore Lhasa. Please could you email us some Tibetan agencies to use. We are on a tight budget so are trying to keep it as cheap as possible.

Thanks in advance for your help (and for the great article!),


Katie...I do not recommend any Chengdu or Chongqing travel agencies. For starters, there are no Tibetan owned agencies in either of these cities and it is best to use only Tibetan owned businesses in order to practice responsible tourism. Secondly, tour prices in Chengdu and Chongqing are more expensive then in Lhasa. And lastly, all travel to Tibet can be arranged though email from an agency in Lhasa. There is no need to go to an office to arrange your tour. For recommendations on which agency to use, email me ([email protected]) where you plan to go and I will get back to you on which agency to use.


This is great information. Could you send me your recommendations for Chengdu travel agencies? Also I live in Chongqing, so if you know of any godo ones in CQ that would be appreciated as well.



There are no trains originating in Xi'an that go to Lhasa. The trains pass through Xi'an, but originate in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. By the time these trains reach Xi'an, there are only a small amount of tickets remaining making it difficult or even impossible to get tickets to Lhasa from there. I recommend taking the train to Lhasa from Xining. For a recommendation on which travel agency to use, email me at [email protected]


Hey! Thanks for this info, very useful. I'd like to take a train from Xi'an to Lhasa, and from there do the Ganden to Samye trek. After that cross to Nepal.... Can you give me some information on good travel agencies that can help me with the permits and the bookings? I'm traveling in low budget. Cheers!


Will You Please email me for recommendations on travel agencies in Lanzhou (in Xining if no)!


Shervin....Not only can you you a Tibet based travel agency, but I highly recommend it! Tibet based travel agencies are always going to be cheaper than a travel agency 4000kms away in Beijing. If you want recommendations on a travel agency, email me and let me know which area you plan to travel to and I will let you know which agency is best for you.

Shervin Emami

Hi, thanks for this great information!

Can you email me recommendations for travel agencies that would let me book budget accomodation in Lhasa through the web from overseas. I want to catch a train from Beijing to Lhasa, but does that mean I need to use a Beijing travel agency or I can use a (cheaper) Lhasa travel agency?

Thanks for your help!


Thanks for posting such a huge lot of helpful info!
Will you mail me a budget tour agency suggestion in Lhasa? Thank you in advance!


Very clear and useful, thank you!



Foreigners are not permitted in hotels that aren't authorized to house foreigners. I recommend using a guidebook to find hotel options while in Tibet.

If you want to take the train to Lhasa from Xining, you are free to use any travel agency you wish. However, not all travel agencies in other parts of China will have connections in Xining to purchase train tickets for you.

The guide will meet you in Lhasa. The guide will not accompany you on the train to Lhasa.


Nigel R

Wonderful page that gets my research started.

You mentioned Foreigner Approved hotels then later that it is a good idea to book your hotels yourself and not through a Tour company. It is essential that one stays in such approved hotels and how does one know in advance if the hotel is so approved?

Also, if I want to take the train from Xining to Lhasa, does my Tour company that gets my permit need to be Xining based and a guide have to accompany on that journey?

(Please email me Tour company suggestions accordingly).

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Travelling by land is indeed tiring but worth it.



As long as the 65 year old is in good health, there shouldn't be any problems.

Send me an email at [email protected] for recommendations on which travel agency to use.




Thanks for posting a lot of relevant information about how to get to Tibet. I'd like to ask for some referrals for travel agencies in Chengdu and Lhasa.

I'm thinking of bringing my father to Tibet. Would it be advisable to have a 65 year old join in this trip ?


I would like contacts for nice budget travel agencies in Chengdu. I would like to go from Chengdu to Lhasa to Kathmandu via EBC stop sometime in April 2011. Thanks


I would like email contacts for travel agencies in Chengdu. Planning on traveling Chengdu to Lhasa to Kathmandu April/May 2011. Thanks

Jarden Sitepu

Please email me for recommendations on travel agencies in Lhasa, Xining and Chengdu.Thanks.

Nattis 2.0

Hi there!

I'd want to go from Kolkata, India to Lhasa in Tibet is that even possible or do we have to enter from Katmandu, Nepal?

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