Lake Yamdrok is one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. The other two are Lake Manasarovar and Lake Namtso. Yamdrok is the closest one to Lhasa and it offers very gorgeous views. The water takes on a dark turquoise color, seen from afar.
Mt. Huashan rises around 2160 meters above sea level and is roughly 2 hours drive away from Xian, the ancient capital city of China.
It has been deemed as one of the China’s five sacred mountains for centuries. It is also known as Western Mountain due to its location in relation to the other four mountains: Mt. Taishan of Shandong Province (Eastern Mountain), Mt. Hengshan of Hunan Province (Southern Mountain), Mt. Songshan of Henan Province (Central Mountain) and Mt. Hengshan of Shanxi Province (Northern Mountain).
Among the five, Mt. Huashan’s views are the most spectacular. It consists of 5 peaks and visiting all peaks requires 5-hour trekking or so.
For groups traveling to Tibet, the local government has set a new rule that for each bus with a capacity of 19 or more seats, a local policeman will be assigned and stay on the bus with travelers and the maximum passengers on the bus including the guide, driver and policeman should not exceed 20, due to two serious bus crashes in Tibet in August, leaving 47 dead and 13 missing. This means the number of travelers in each group cannot exceed 17. Any agencies and drivers violating the rule will be severely punished.
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A road trip from Lhasa to Shigatse usually takes 6-7 hours while now travelers can travel by train to Shigatse for less than 3 hours.
After three years construction, the railway from Lhasa to Shigatse is finally in use. The train leaves Lhasa at 9am and arrives at 11:59am. And it leaves Shigatse at 5:30pm and arrives at 8:27pm. A hard seat ticket costs RMB40.5 yuan which is equivalent to USD6.7. A hard sleeper ticket costs RMB111.5-119.5 yuan (USD18.3-19.6). A soft sleeper ticket costs RMB169.5-175.5 yuan (USD27.8-28.8).