Taking flights to Lhasa from Guangzhou is the best way for tourists from Hongkong. There is one flight depart daily between Guangzhou and Lhasa which will take about 5 hours and it will make stops at Chongqing.
The flight takes around five hours, and costs from US$197.00 for economy class tickets, depending on where you book. It is advisable to use multiple search engines for internet bookings, as there are many good deals available, although you should only use recognized online flight brokers.
The main advantage of traveling via airplane to Xining and then taking the train from there is that you can save time on the trip, and as Xining is at an elevation of 2,275 meters, you can always spend a day there to help with acclimatizing to the higher altitudes. This can help to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Moreover, as most of the spectacular scenery is on the train from Golmud (where the train starts its ascent to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau) you would not be missing any of the best parts of the train journey.
Guangzhou Lhasa Flight Route Map
At the joint area of Renhe Town in Baiyun District and Xinhua Town in Huadu District, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport is about 28 kilometers from the central downtown area, Haizhu Square. It is one of the three air transportation hubs in China. There are totally 123 scheduled flights, and 86 of them are domestic. Every day, there are more than five hundred airplanes taking off and landing. At the end of 2007, the annual passenger throughput in the airport reached 31 million, far beyond the expectation before the new airport was settled down in 2004. China Southern Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines choose the airport as their headquarters.
The airport is located in the center area of Asia-Pacific region. Major cities worldwide can be reached in 15 hours from Guangzhou. Its network covers South and Southeast Asian, being an important traffic hub to go to Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition, there are air routes to Melbourne and Sydney of Australia, Paris, Los Angeles and Lagos of Nigerian, connecting flights to Amsterdam via Beijing and some to Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya of Japan, Seoul of Korea, etc. China Southern Airlines has most of the domestic and international flights here.
|CZ3091||Manila||China Southern Airlines||2h10m||Every Monday, Wednesday,
Friday and Sunday
|CZ397||Manila||China Southern Airlines||2h5m||
Every Tuesday, Thursday
|MH377||Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia Airlines||3h55m||Daily|
|CZ327||Los Angeles||China Southern Airlines||12h50m||Daily|
|CZ353||Singapore||China Southern Airlines||3h50m||Daily|
|CZ301||Sydney||China Southern Airlines||10h20m||Daily|
|CZ325||Sydney||China Southern Airlines||10h25m||Daily|
|CZ359||Delhi||China Southern Airlines||5h25m||
From Monday to Sunday
|CZ399||New York||China Southern Airlines||16h||Every Monday, Wednesday,
Friday and Sunday