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Lhasa Train Routes & Details:

 Departure Destination  Km  Hours  Train Number  Departure Time  Arrival Time
 Beijing-Lhasa  4064  44.34  T27  21:30  18:38 of 3rd day
Chengdu-Lhasa   3360  43.11  T22/T23   20:59  17:02 of 3rd day
 Chongqing-Lhasa  3654  44.35  T222/T223  19:55  17:02 of 3rd day
 Lanzhou-Lhasa  2189  27.37  K917  12:15  15:40 of 2nd day
 Xining-Lhasa  1880  25.36  K9801  14:56  15:40 of 2nd day
 Xining-Lhasa  1880  25.36  K9811  22:40  21:50 of 2nd day
 Shanghai-Lhasa  4374  48.43  T164/T165  19:52  20:48 of 3rd day
 Guangzhou-Lhasa   4980  55.38  T264/T265  12:19  18:58 of 3rd day

 Lhasa Railway Station:

Lhasa Station is the largest station along the newly built Qinghai-Tibet railway in western China. It is located 4km southwest of Lhasa city and 20 km from the Potala Palace.

Train Station Bus Service: From the station to the city center, you may take public bus No.91 , which will take around 40 Mins to Lhasa Urban City
Taxi Service:You also could take taxi from airport to Urban city, the cost is 50-100 RMB for single way.

Lhasa Gonggar Airport:

Lhasa Gonggar Airport is situated in South district of Tibet, which is also on the south bank of Yarlung Zangbo River. It is one of the highest civil airports in the world. Its airstrip has 6000m long and 45m wide. The range of the airport gets to 4E level, qualified for the takeoffs and landings of large planes.

It is about 90 kms from the downtown Lhasa. On the way from the airport to the city center, you will cross two newly built bridges. The Lhasa River winds along the airport road.

Airport Bus Servie:
Airport to City
According to the arrival flight, Airport shuttle bus arranges its departure schedule. The duration from airport to Lhasa city needs to take 1 hour and 20mins.  It will arrive at Minhang Hotel next to Portala Palace. Ticket is 25 RMB/PAX
Urban city to Airport
Location: Minhang Sales Place, Niangre Road. Airport bus will departure at every 1 hour, each 30 mins in peak time. You could call 0891-6216465 to ask the fixed departure time.

Airport Taxi Service:
You also could take taxi from airport to Urban city, the cost is 150-250 RMB for single way.

Dinning in Lhasa:
 Traditional Zang Dish: Majiami 玛吉阿米
 Tel: 0891-6328608
 Add: SouthEast Bajiao building, Lhasa  拉萨报价楼东南角



You could enjoy the local market Barkhor Street


Bar in Lhasa


Travel tips:

Customer Center of Tourism Administration Telephone numbe: 0891-6650808

Credit Card; Credit Card can be used in Hotel, Shopping Mall

It is convenient to use bank service in Tibet Area. Currently there have Bank of China, Construction Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, POST Bank, Commercial Bank.

Useful Phone Number:
Police Phone number:110
Ambulance Phone number:120

Foreign Exchange:
You can make the currency change in Bank of China.

Phone Code: 0086-891

Travelling periods: The best time to visit Tibet lasts from April to October every year. According to the climate and environment there, please take some warm clothing and related medicines in case you feel uncomfortable. The place we will go is rarely explored, so snacks, sunglasses, mask, enough batteries and toilet items are very necessary.

How to Get Travel Permits:
Except China Visa, Tibet Travel Permit is a must for foreigner to inter Tibet. We will apply it for you in Tibet Tourism Bureau (T.T.B.). Please prepare the following documents before asking your travel agent to apply permit:
1. a copy of your Passport
2. a copy of your China visa (tourist visa)
3. Full names, gender, date of birth, passport number, nationality, & occupation.

Altitude is defined on the following scale:
High (8,000 - 12,000 feet [2,438 - 3,658 meters]),
Very High (12,000 - 18,000 feet [3,658 - 5,487 meters]),
Extremely High (18,000+ feet [5,500+ meters]).
But most people can go up to 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) with minimal effect.

 What are the symptoms of Altitude Sickness or AMS:
The symptoms of Mild AMS are headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea, disturbed sleep, and a general feeling of malaise. Symptoms usually start 12-24 hours after arrival at altitude and begin to decrease in severity about the third day. 

 What causes altitude Sickness or AMS happen (by Rick Curtis, Director, updated 07/07/1999)
The concentration of oxygen at sea level is about 21% and the barometric pressure averages 760 mmHg. As altitude increases, the concentration remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12,000 feet (3,658 meters) the barometric pressure is only 483 mmHg, so there are roughly 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. In order to properly oxygenate the body, your breathing rate (even while at rest) has to increase. This extra ventilation increases the oxygen content in the blood, but not to sea level concentrations. Since the amount of oxygen required for activity is the same, the body must adjust to having less oxygen. In addition, for reasons not entirely understood, high altitude and lower air pressure causes fluid to leak from the capillaries which can cause fluid build-up in both the lungs and the brain. Continuing to higher altitudes without proper acclimatization can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening illnesses.

Prevention of Altitude Illnesses:
Basically, there are two categories to prevent it, proper acclimatization and preventive medications.
1, proper acclimatization
-Do exercises to keep you good healthy condition before coming to Tibet.
-Avoid catching a cold
-Make sure you did not have any serious problem with heart and lungs.
-Less activities for the first several days in Tibet, walk slowly, drink more water.
-Ascend to higher altitude gradually.
2. Preventive medications:
-Hong Jin Tian, a kind of traditional Tibetan medicine, comes from Plant; you can easily buy the aqua distilled from the Hong Jin Tian plant.
-Diamox (Acetazolamide), it allows you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen, thereby minimizing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation. This is especially helpful at night when respiratory drive is decreased. Since it takes a while for Diamox to have an effect, it is advisable to start taking it 24 hours before you go to altitude and continue for at least five days at higher altitude. The recommendation of the Himalayan Rescue Association Medical Clinic is 125 mg. twice a day (morning and night). (The standard dose was 250 mg., but their research showed no difference for most people with the lower dose, although some individuals may need 250 mg.) Since Diamox is a sulfonamide drug, people who are allergic to sulfa drugs should not take Diamox. Diamox has also been known to cause severe allergic reactions to people with no previous history of Diamox or sulfa allergies.
-Dexamethasone (a steroid) is a prescription drug that decreases brain and other swelling reversing the effects of AMS. Dosage is typically 4 mg twice a day for a few days starting with the ascent. This prevents most symptoms of altitude illness. It should be used with caution and only on the advice of a physician because of possible serious side effects. It may be combined with Diamox.


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