The proximity to Hong Kong and surrounding harbors makes Guangzhou one of the easiest gateway cities for international tourists to enter mainland China, only next to Beijing, Shanghai.
In addition to easy transportation, you can enjoy the exciting city life and gourmet Cantonese cuisines in Guangzhou. The vibrant economy and revolutionary history of Guangzhou reveal the prosperity and legendary past of this cosmopolitan city. Besides, you will love the cozy sunshine and diverse fruits in Guangzhou.
Many tourists enjoy new attractions and old museums/temples and a mild climate. A huge amusement park/zoo called Chimelong is now Mainland China's number 1 theme park.
With a distance of 3724km, Guangzhou is the farthest major city in mainland China to enter Tibet. For budget travelers, taking Guangzhou-Lhasa train is the best choice. However, you need to endure the long ride in the next 53:20h; since there is no direct flight from Guangzhou to Lhasa, the flights from Guangzhou normally stop at Chengdu or Chongqing and en route to Lhasa, Tibet.
Start your trip from Guangzhou where you can stay one day to visit the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Canton Tower, etc. then take a train or flight to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. In Lhasa, you can plan a trip around 2~3 days to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Namtso Lake, etc. Then you can leave Lhasa, and go to other destinations in China. If time allows, you can travel from Lhasa to Mount Everest, even Mount Kailash, then cross the Nepal-Tibet border to reach Kathmandu.
As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Guangzhou and Tibet tour by offering services ranging from Tibet Travel Permit application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Guangzhou-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful insiders’ travel tips. So far, taking Tibet train or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet.
Are you planning to tour to China and Tibet? board a flight or train to the holy land Tibet. The following are our specially tailored Guangzhou to Tibet tour packages - enjoyable and budget.
Guangzhou’s attractions are not well-known, but still we have a lot of interesting places to visit introduced below. For modern city structures Canton Tower should be seen and ascended for the view. There are a variety of temples, museums and parks, including Nanling National Forest Park where you can hike in the hills.
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall (also known as the Chen Clan Academy, for those who's surname is Chen), which now houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum, is a great stop on your tour of Guangzhou for its history and architecture.
The Canton Tower (also known as Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower), the landmark of Guangzhou, is one of the world's most spectacular new buildings.
Guangzhou Chimelong Holiday Resort
Guangzhou Chimelong Holiday Resort is Guangzhou's top tourist attraction. The scale, variety and quality of its many attractions makes it unique in China. It is China's 3rd most popular theme park, and it might be worth a special trip even from Hong Kong or Macau if you really enjoy animals, circuses or fun rides.
Shamian Island is Guangzhou's scenic foreign settlement, and ranks as one of the best tourist attractions in Guangzhou and is a treat for fans of architecture and history alike. Tree-lined quiet pedestrian-only roads make for a wonderful place to visit for a stroll, and the area is a quiet reminder of Guangzhou's colonial European period.
Currently, there is one direct flight between Lhasa and Guangzhou via Chongqing, operated by China Southern Airlines. It takes about 6 hours for the direct flight and about 1 hour for stopover. Additionally, some connecting flights stop at Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming airport, so you can also transfer flights to Lhasa. You can search flight information on flight booking websites or just inquire our travel consultant about the flight or other information.
There are two daily trains commuting between Guangzhou and Lhasa – Z264/Z265 and Z263/Z266. Z264/Z265 departs from Guangzhou Railway Station at 11:45 and gets to Lhasa Railway Station at 16:19 on the third day with duration of 52hrs and 34mins. Z266/Z263 starts from Lhasa Railway Station at 12:55 and arrives at Guangzhou Railway Station at 20:00 on the third day. The whole trip cost 55hrs and 5mins. The trains will stop at 10 midway railway stations.
The trains running between Guangzhou and Lhasa have three kinds of seats – Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat. The different kinds of seats are charged with different price. The Hard Seat costs 447 RMB, which is just recommended to short-distance travelers because travelers can’t sleep in the carriages. The Hard Sleeper is much better and there is a berth for every passenger. It is charged 865~995 RMB. Soft Sleeper offers the best facilities and large space with the highest price – 1468 RMB or 1,557 RMB.
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As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet permit to your hotel in Guangzhou by express, 1-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. It is common to get the permit even the night or a couple of hours before your departure to Tibet. In some extreme cases, our staff in Guangzhou will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As a Tibet local travel agency, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet travel permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.
If you take a flight to Lhasa from Guangzhou, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Guangzhou by train, a printed copy is enough. Your travel consultant will handle with it perfectly according to the situation.
Why you can't get the permit much earlier?
The Tourism Bureau only accepts the permit application that is used to arrive in Tibet within 20 days. Generally, it takes 6-12 working days to issue the permit after we get the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The application time depends on where you travel in Tibet, about 8-12 days to get the permit if heading to Mt.Everest and Mount Kailash, and just 6-8 days if you only travel in Lhasa City.
After we get the permit in Lhasa, we will deliver the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes around 6 days to arrive in Guangzhou. Therefore, you will only be able to get the permit within 1 to 7 days before your departure for Lhasa.
However, your personal consultant usually asks you to confirm the tour much earlier, because the earlier you provide all the required documents, the earlier we can submit to Tibet Tourism Bureau and wait for your turn.
We promise to nail visa to Tibet for every of our clients with 100% guarantee.
Guangzhou as the third largest city in China is the new rising star among the world. You can easily travel from Guangzhou to any other hot travel destinations in China by flight or train, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Lhasa, Hong Kong, etc. TTC has designed many classic China tour packages including Guangzhou for you. Please make your choice from our collections or let us customize one for you.
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