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Planning Your Trip to West China

Travel Frequently Asked Questions

We have divided the mostly frequently asked questions into several categories. You can click the groups which match you needs. If there is no needed answer after searching, an email or a phone call to us is warmly welcome.

Tibet Train

Regarded as the highest railway, Qinghai-Tibet railway has operated smoothly since July 1st, 2006. Although traveling to Tibet via railway does take more time than by plane, it gives you much more enjoyment of the wonderful landscapes and a unique experience on the thousands of miles traveling on the roof of the world.

Chinese Visa

To travel in China, citizens of virtually all other countries need a visa. A Chinese visa is a permit issued by the Chinese visa authorities to an alien for entry into, exit from or transit through China. We will help you to understand the rules for Chinese Visa applications and what documents need to be prepared. Especially note the special rules for Visa application when traveling from Kathmandu to Tibet.

China 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy

Since the year of 2013, passport holders from 45 countries can enjoy 72-hour visa-free to transit via CTU, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Chengdu is the 4th city in China after Beijing, Shangai, and Guangzhou to carry out the preferential visa policy.

Travelers are taking an international flight transfer via Chengdu Shuangliu Airport CTU besides Beijing Capital Airport PEK, Shangai Pudong Airport PVG, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport SHA and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport CAN can be granted the 72 hours visa-free travel to Chengdu, Sichuan.

Tibet Permits

Traveling to Tibet is still not an easy thing since no matter you enter by flight or by train, you need the Tibet Travel Permits. For going some unopened areas, you may need more permits. But Travel West China will help you to get all necessary permits easily.

Dos and DoNt's

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do". West China covers large areas for many ethical groups living there. With unique region and culture, they have different behaviors in many aspects. We hope every of customers could respect, understand and enjoy their cultures.

What to Bring

We designed a checking list which could be helpful for you. But just remember, different equipments should be prepared according to different tours you take.

Altitude Mountain Sickness

AMS is very common at high altitude. At over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) 75% of people will have mild symptoms. The occurrence of AMS is dependent upon the elevation, the rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility. According to our experience, we have colleted some useful tips for avoiding AMS.


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"What a pleasant surprise that you guys had helped us get the group visa and all the Tibet travel permits which allowed us to enter Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal immedidately upon our arrival. Even without speaking English, the driver made us feel very comfortable. He was friendly and always on time. Thanks for your excellent organization. We had a very nice and beautiful trip in Tibet!"

Matthias Beukelaar

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