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  1. What is the latest time I should arrive at the airport?
  2. How much luggage can I take on the plane in China?
  3. Can you reserve a window seat on the flight if I'd like one?
  4. How can I know which gate is the right one for my plane?
  5. Are trains air-conditioned in China?
  6. Where can I purchase train tickets in China?
  7. Can I have a private compartment for two on the train?
  8. Is it convenient to take a taxi in China?
  9. How can I go to Tibet?
Question: What is the latest time I should arrive at the airport?

Answer: 90 minutes is our suggestion, because check-in usually stops 45 minutes before the flight departs.

Question: How much luggage can I take on the plane in China?

Answer: According to the rules of General Administration of Civil Aviation, on domestic flight in China passengers holding an economy class ticket are allowed to bring 20 kg (about 44 lbs) of luggage (both checked and carry-on luggage) free of charge. For more details, please read this page:
/essential/pre_planning/baggage.htm

Question: Can you reserve a window seat on the flight if I’d like one?

Answer: This assignment cannot be booked in advance. It can only be done when you receive your boarding pass at the airport.

Question: How can I know which gate is the right one for my plane?

Answer: The gate number is printed on your boarding pass. After going through security, you will see signs with directions to all the gates. Sometimes, the gates might be changed due to unforeseen elements, so please pay attention to the announcements while in the airport lounge.

Question: Are trains air-conditioned in China?

Answer: Generally speaking, soft seat, berth carriages and express trains named with T, K and Z are air-conditioned. The facilities on our trains may differ greatly from those in other countries. We have more details at the following page:
/essential/practical_tips/transportation/railway.htm

Question: Where can I purchase train tickets in China?

Answer: Train tickets can be purchased at railway stations, travel agencies and some banks. It might be very difficult to purchase tickets by yourselves waiting in queue. The safest and most efficient way is through travel agencies by paying an extra service charge.

Question: Can I have a private compartment for two on the train?

Answer: Most of the soft sleeper compartments have 4 beds and only a few trains from Beijing have compartments for two. You may wish to purchase four tickets for two people to guarantee a private compartment.

Question: Is it convenient to take a taxi in China?

Answer: It is very easy to take a taxi except during the rush hours (7:00--9:00 in the morning and 17:00--19:30 in the afternoon). As drivers know very little English, it is best to have your destinations written down in Chinese before taking a taxi.
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Question: How can I go to Tibet?

Answer: A railway to Lhasa is completed. At present, people can go to Tibet by train, plane or by bus.
Flights are available daily to Lhasa from Chengdu and Beijing and less frequently from some other cities. Please refer to the details of flight info and airfare:

Flights of Departure

Flight Number
Air Route
Airfare (without tax)
A/C
Dep. / Arr.
Weekly
Departure
Validity
First Class/
Economy Class
(CNY)
CA4402
Lhasa/Chengdu
2250.00/1500.00
A330
10:50/12:30
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.30-Mar.24
3U8658
Lhasa/Chengdu
2250.00/1500.00
A319
10:50/12:40
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA4404
Lhasa/Chengdu
2250.00/1500.00
A330
11:00/13:00
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA4406
Lhasa/Chengdu
2250.00/1500.00
A319
11:25/13:15
3
Oct.30-Mar.19
3U8902
Lhasa/Chengdu
2250.00/1500.00
A319
11:15/13:05
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
3U8698
Lhasa/Chengdu
2250.00/1500.00
A319
11:35/13:25
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA408
Lhasa/Chengdu
1950.00/1500.00
A319
16:00/17:50
2,6
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA4111
Lhasa/Chengdu
2250.00/1500.00
A330
16:05/18:00
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA4448
Lhasa/Chengdu
2250.00/1500.00
A319
16:40/18:30
1,3,4,5,7
Nov.27-Mar.24
3U8634
Lhasa/Chongqing
2450.00/1630.00
A319
12:25/14:20
1,3,5,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CZ3464
Lhasa/Chongqing
2450.00/1630.00
B757
14:40/16:50
2,4,6
Nov.29-Mar.23
ZH9820
Lhasa/Chongqing
2450.00/1630.00
A319
13:00/14:55
2,4,6
Oct.31-Mar.24
CA4419
Lhasa/Chongqing
2450.00/1630.00
A319
13:10/15:05
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA4410
Lhasa/Changdu
1250.00/830.00
A319
10:20/11:20
5
Oct.27-Mar.23
CA4111
Lhasa/Beijing
3650.00/2430.00
A757
16:05/21:40
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA407
Lhasa/Chengdu
3600.00/2290.00
A319
11:40/10:45
2,6
Nov.4-Mar.24
MU2336
Lhasa/Xian
2480.00/1650.00
A319
15:10/17:30
2,4,6
Oct.29-Mar.24
MU2336
Lhasa/Shanghai
4140.00/2760.00
A330
15:10/20:35
2,4,6
Oct.29-Mar.24
ZH9820
Lhasa/Shenzhen
4020.00/2680.00
A319
13:00/18:00
2,4,6
Oct.29-Mar.24
MU5838
Lhasa/Diqing
2070.00/1380.00
B737
12:10/13:50
1,3,5
Oct.29-Mar.28
MU5838
Lhasa/Kunming
2940.00/1960.00
B737
12:10/16:00
1,3,5
Oct.29-Mar.28
CZ3418
Lhasa/Diqing
2070.00/1380.00
A319
13:05/14:55
1,5
Oct.29-Mar.28
CZ3418
Lhasa/Guangzhou
3750.00/2500.00
A319
13:10/18:00
1,5
Oct.29-Mar.28

Flights of Arrival

Flight Number
Air Route
Airfare (without tax)
A/C
Dep. / Arr.
Weekly
Departure
Validity
First Class/
Economy Class
(CNY)
CA4405
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A319
07:20/09:25
6
Nov.3-Mar.23
CA4401
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A330
08:00/09:50
1,2,3,4,5,7
Oct.30-Mar.24
3U8657
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A319
08:10/10:10
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA4403
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A330
08:20/10:15
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
3U8901
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A319
08:30/10:30
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA407
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A319
08:40/10:45
2,6
Nov.4-Mar.24
3U8697
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A319
08:50/10:50
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Nov.5
CA4112
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A330
13:00/15:05
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA4447
Chengdu/Lhasa
2250.00/1500.00
A319
14:00/15:55
1,3,4,5,7
Nov.27-Mar.23
3U8633
Chongqing/Lhasa
2450.00/1630.00
A319
07:55/10:10
1,3,5,7
Nov.1-Nov.25
ZH9819
Chongqing/Lhasa
2450.00/1630.00
A319
10:20/12:20
2,4,6
Nov.28-Mar.24
CZ3463
Chongqing/Lhasa
2450.00/1630.00
A757
11:30/13:50
1,3,5,7
Oct.29-Mar.23
CA4409
Changdu/Lhasa
1250.00/830.00
A319
09:25/10:40
1
Oct.30-Mar.19
CA4112
Beijing/Lhasa
3650.00/2430.00
A757
09:15/15:05
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Oct.29-Mar.24
CA408
Chengdu/Lhasa
3600.00/2290.00
A319
11:45/15:05
2,6
Nov.4-Mar.24
ZH9820
Shenzhen/Lhasa
4020.00/2680.00
A319
07:40/12:20
2,4,6
Nov.4-Mar.24
MU2335
Xian/Lhasa
2480.00/1650.00
A319
11:40/14:30
2,4,6
Nov.29-Mar.24
MU2335
Shanghai/Lhasa
4140.00/2760.00
A330
08:05/14:30
2,4,6
Nov.29-Mar.24
MU5837
Diqing/Lhasa
2070.00/1380.00
B737
10:00/11:50
1,3,6
Oct.30-Mar.24
MU5837
Kunming/Lhasa
2940.00/1960.00
B737
08:10/11:50
1,3,6
Oct.30-Mar.24
CZ3417
Diqing/Lhasa
2070.00/1380.00
A319
10:35/12:15
1,5
Oct.29-Mar.28
CZ3417
Guangzhou/Lhasa
3750.00/2500.00
A319
07:10/12:15
1,5
Oct.29-Mar.28