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A Journey Across the Rooftop of the World: Beijing to Lhasa by Train

Take the ride through the rooftop of the world, from bustling Beijing to relaxed, holy Lhasa. Catch incredible panoramas of some of the world’s most majestic mountains, pristine lakes, rare wildlife, and more. Visit age-old sites that reveal the rich, ancient cultures of both Beijing and Lhasa, from Tiananmen Square to Potala Palace. See how both cultures are both similar, and at the same time, exceedingly different, on this memorable, scenic, thrilling journey.

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  • Take a stroll along the most beautiful part of China’s Great Wall
  • Ride the world’s highest train journey, from Beijing to the majestic Tibetan Plateau
  • Visit some of Lhasa’s most revered and important monasteries, including what was once the world’s largest
  • Overnight at some of Beijing and Lhasa’s most luxurious hotels
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Day 1

Arrive in Beijing, one of the world’s most populous cities. You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your downtown Beijing hotel, where you are free to do as you please - be it resting up for the days ahead, or exploring your nearby surroundings.

Day 2

Explore Beijing today, starting with a visit to the well-known and important site of Tiananmen Square, as well as the ancient Forbidden City. Check out the Temple of Heaven, where Emperors pray for their goals of both peace and success. In the afternoon, you’ll head to the Summer Palace, which once housed Qing Dynasty Emperors. Enjoy a delicious Chinese dinner, after which you’ll be entertained by a Chinese Kongfu show. Spend the night in your luxury Beijing hotel.

Day 3

For your final day of exploring Beijing, you’ll start with a hike through what what is generally agreed upon as the most beautiful section of the Great Wall. After lunch, you’ll be whisked away to Changling, one of the 13 monolithic Ming Tombs of the Ming Dynasty’s Emperors. Next, you’ll be taken back to your hotel, where you can pack your things for your long, scenic train ride to your next destination: Tibet. You’ll depart around 8pm, and overnight on the train.

Day 4
Beijing - Lhasa

Wake up on the train to Tibet this morning, taking in the stunning views of the Qinghai plateau and snowcapped mountains in the distance. As you get closer to the Tibetan plateau, you’ll notice the skies transform into a lovely sunny blue color. Overnight once again on the train.

Day 5

Before dawn breaks today, your train will pass over the Tanggula mountain range, exceeding altitudes of 5,000 meters. You are now officially on the world’s highest train journey. Wake up to majestic sights of snowcapped mountains, fringed by fresh Tibetan lakes and miles of pasture. Arrive at the Lhasa train station in the afternoon, where you’ll be greeted and transferred to your Lhasa city hotel. We recommend the luxurious St. Regis.

Day 6

Spend your first day in Lhasa getting acquainted with your new surroundings, and acclimatized to the high altitude. You’ll start off with a trip to Jokhang Temple, considered to be one of Tibet’s most important temples. Next, move on to Bakhor street, not only a sacred pilgrimage site, but also a bustling central market. Finish off with a visit to Sera Monastery, home to hundreds of monks from all over the country.

Day 7

Today will be your second day taking in the sights and sounds of Lhasa - make the most of it with a trip to Potala Palace, a culturally-important Tibetan landmark. This majestic abode was once the chief residence of the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, check out Drepung monastery; once upon a time, this was the world’s largest monastery, home to over 10,000 monks, including at one point, the Dalai Lama. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.

Day 8

This morning, you’ll check out of your luxury Lhasa hotel, and be escorted to the airport in time for your onward journey.


Suggested Accommodations

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Located in the shopping district close to Wangfujing Street and 1.5 miles from the Forbidden City, this purpose-built hotel expands the prestigious Waldorf Astoria brand across China. This new addition to the iconic chain comprises a gleaming 12-storey block and a traditional hutong wing located in a 200-year-old courtyard mansion restored beautifully with luxury interiors. Decor reflects Eastern aesthetic values with a contemporary edge, with paintings and sculptures by famed local artists throughout and dramatic gold and bronze features, adding old-world glamor. Executive guests will appreciate the complimentary use of corporate amenities and meeting rooms, while all travelers can enjoy free, property-wide WiFi. The Waldorf Astoria also boasts top-notch leisure facilities, including a spa with Eastern and Western treatments, a sleek indoor pool with whirlpool and a high-tech fitness center. Cantonese, European and New York-inspired food is offered in the on-site restaurants, with a sophisticated lounge area setting the scene for supper, late-night cocktails or traditional afternoon tea. An international, English-speaking staff is on hand to provide information and assistance around the clock, with concierges ready to organize bespoke touring and shopping services. 

St. Regis Lhasa

St. Regis Lhasa

Opened in November 2010, the St. Regis Resort in Lhasa stands on eight acres of land at “the roof of the world," with sweeping views of the Potala Palace. The spacious 162 rooms and villas with marble baths are decorated with carefully sourced artifacts that reflect the richness of Tibetan culture. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from, including the intimate private wine club Decanter by Haut-Brisson and Si Zi Kang, which serves traditional Tibetan cuisine. The health club boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, a yoga and pilates studio, and Iridium, a spa offering refined indulgence with Tibetan flavor. The business center offers 4 meeting rooms, copy and printing services, and faxing services. Other amenities include secretarial service and 24-hour butler service. The St. Regis Lhasa is located just minutes from the Potala Palace, the famous Barkhor area, Jokang Temple, Norbulinka, and is 46 miles from Gongga International Airport.

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