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Train Journey Beijing to Lhasa

Royal Mountain Travel

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Itinerary Overview

Day 1 Day 1: Meeting at the hotel, welcome dinner
Day 2 Day 02: Visit Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Wangfujing Food Market & Nanluoguxiang
Day 3 Day 3: Climbing the Great Wall at Mutianyu:
Day 4 Day 4: On the train to Lhasa.
Day 5 Day 5: Arriving in Lhasa. Transfer to the hotel, dinner.


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Day 1

Day 1: Meeting at the hotel, welcome dinner


Day 2

Day 02: Visit Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Wangfujing Food Market & Nanluoguxiang

Forbidden City: The Forbidden City was the imperial palace of China from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) to the end of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). It is located in the centre of Beijing, with its south entrance opening from the famous Tiennanmen Square. Today it is home of the Palace Museum. The gigantic complex has 980 buildings on 72 ha (180 acres) and it was built in 14 years by more than a million workers. It served as a home of the emperor and his family and was the ceremonial and political centre of China for 500 years. It is famous about its extensive collection of artwork and artifacts, and considered to be the largest ancient wooden structure in the world. It was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. After a visit of its many halls and palaces, and seeing many of its treasures like paintings, bronzeware, timepieces and jade artifacts, you can exit at the northern gate and have a walk in the Jingshan Park opposite, an artificial hill with good views of the Forbidden City from the top.


Summer Palace: This well-preserved, luxurious royal garden dotted with lakes and an ensemble of palaces, situated 15 km (9 miles) northeast of downtown Beijing. Composed mainly by Longevity Hill (Wanshou shan) and Kunming Lake, it occupies and area of 300 ha (742 acres).  Originally, it was built in 1750 for the imperial family as a place of rest and entertainment. Later, it became the main residence of the royal family at the end of the Qing Dynasty. The Anglo-French Allied Forces destroyed the garden by fire, but Empress Dowager Cixi reconstructed it in 1888 as a resort, and spent the rest of her life there. It is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO since 1998.


Wangfujing Food Market: Wangfujing is a modern walking and shopping street of Beijing. When you approach it from Chang’an Avenue, the first sidestreet on the left is an interesting food market selling Western Chinese snacks like barbecued bugs, horsefish and starfish. There are also some inexpensive local restaurants around offering Chinese dishes.   


Nanluoguxiang: Nanluoguxiang is an atmospheric alley in the hutong area in Dongcheng district, 800 m long from south to north. This area is a popular tourist destination full of beautiful traditional houses, bars, restaurants and shops. It is a nice place to visit in the evening for a stroll and dinner.


Day 3

Day 3: Climbing the Great Wall at Mutianyu:

There are several sections of the Great Wall you can visit. Mutianyu is the longest fully restored section open to tourist with 23 original-style watchtowers. It is situated 73 km (45 miles) north of Beijing, surrounded by rolling hills covered by pines and cypresses. The restored section of the wall is 2.5 km and 7-8 meters high. It was first built by the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577), and rebuilt and strengthened during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Today’s wall is a replica of the fortifications of 1568; it was fully restored in 1986.  From the bus park it is a nice and not too strenuous hike up to the Wall on a long stairway and footpath. There is also a cable car service going up and down for those who don’t want to walk. On the east end of the wall there is a toboggan you can use to descend and return to the bus park. It is great fun!

Evening: Boarding the train to Lhasa. Before boarding the train to Tibet you need to show your passport and Tibet group permit to the conductor. The train has pressurised cabins with an oxigen outlet at the head of the beds. Signs in the carriages are in Tibetan, Chinese and English. After Golmud a Health Registration Card has to be signed by each passenger for high-altitude travel. The operational speed is 100-120 km/hour. The length of the railway from Beijing to Lhasa is 3757 km and it takes around 41 hours (2 nights). The most difficult section (from Golmud to Lhasa) was completed in 2006. There is a dining car on the train where you can order warm Chinese dishes, but it is recommended to buy things in advance for the train, some snacks, fruits and water for the long ride.


Day 4

Day 4: On the train to Lhasa.





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West Beijing

44 m


Day 1


80 m



4 min

Day 1

291 km


820 m



6 min

Day 2

516 km


3,000 m



11 min

Day 2

1,263 km


1,530 m



16 min

Day 2

1,569 km


2,200 m



20 min

Day 2

1,785 km


2,980 m



2 min

Day 2

2,306 km


2,780 m



25 min

Day 2



4,500 m



6 min

Day 3

3,435 km


3,650 m


Day 3

3,757 km


Day 5

Day 5: Arriving in Lhasa. Transfer to the hotel, dinner.


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