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Lhasa Travel Guide

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Booking an airline ticket to Lhasa also requires a Tibet Tourism Bureau permit. Even if you can buy a ticket without the permit, it's highly unlikely that you will be allowed to board.

Air China, Sichuan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines are some of the 16 airlines with frequent service to Lhasa. The easiest direct route is from Chengdu, which has as many as 10 daily flights during the summer months for about Y1,500 each way. Flights to Lhasa depart from Beijing (5 hrs), Guangzhou (5 hrs), Xi'an (3½ hrs), Chongqing (3 hrs), and Chengdu (2 hrs). The airport is 53 km (32 miles) southwest of Lhasa, which takes about 45 minutes by taxi (Y180) or more than an hour by shuttle bus (Y25).

If you are coming from Kathmandu, the nonstop flights made four times a week will give you fantastic views of the Himalayas. You must show your permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau when you check in.

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