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Qinghai-Tibet Railway Tour

Why Go

Qinghai-Tibet railway (the total length is 1956 kilometers) stretches from Xining in the east and Lhasa in the south, which likes a huge dragon spanning the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Known as the "Sky Road", Qinghai-Tibet railway is also a marvel in the history of human engineering and construction. A section of 960 kilometers of railway is more than 4,000 meters above sea level, and 550 kilometers is permafrost. The highest elevation of the railway across Tanggula Mountains is 5072 meters, and it is a plateau railway with world’s highest elevation, longest distance on permafrost, and world-class difficulty.

Therefore, this legendary railway has attracted millions of tourists both at home and abroad to Tibet since the opening in 2006. Qinghai-Tibet railway journey itself is a wonderful experience, so it has become the preferred means of transportation to travel to Tibet. Every year, the number of tourists who take train to Lhasa equals to that of taking a flight.

What to See

In addition to experiencing Qinghai-Tibet train running on the snow-covered plateau, you can enjoy a visual feast of stunning natural landscapes of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Most scenic spots center around the last section of the Qinghai -Tibet Railway, namely from Kunlun Mountains to Damxung prairie. At dawn, starting from Golmud Railway Station, the train will pass towering Kunlun Mountains, Tuotuohe- the source of Yangtze River, Tanggula Mountains (at an elevation of more than 5000 meters), Amdo prairie, Cuona lake on Nagqu prairie, and Damxung prairie. Finally, you will arrive in Lhasa at dusk.

When to go and how to Plan

The golden travel season of Qinghai-Tibet railway tour is from May to October, especially in summer with charming scenery on prairie, while you can only see vast snowfields and withered pasture along the way in winter, from November to April. The biggest advantage of taking a train to Tibet is fairly economical compared with flying to Tibet from inland china, as the cost is only about 1 / 2 to 1 / 3 of the flight. You can take Qinghai-Tibet train to Tibet from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Xi’an, which takes 36 to 45 hours and you will spend two nights on the train. The nearest city to take Qinghai-Tibet train is Xining with only 24 hours and budget costs, but air tickets from other big cities to Xining should be taken into account. Besides, Qinghai-Tibet Railway extends westward from Lhasa to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet in 2014, which provides another means of transportation for tourists in Tibet.

Beijing Tibet Train Tour

Currently served as the only direct train bound for Lhasa from Beijing, Beijing-Lhasa train (No. Z21) is extremely busy and its tickets remain difficult to buy. It takes you around 40:26hours to reach Lhasa and covers 3757 km. For foreign tourists, it would be a great choice to continue your travel to Tibet after visiting Beijing, a metropolitan city blended with tradition and modernity. (The return train is No. Z22.)

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Shanghai Tibet Train Tour

Being one of the hottest train routes to Lhasa, Shanghai-Lhasa train (No.Z164) is also fairly popular only next to Beijing-Lhasa train. It takes you 47:22 hours to reach Lhasa and covers 4373 kms. Tourists may visit Oriental Pearl Tower, the Bund, Yu Yuan and explore the development of China’s financial center--Shanghai. Afterwards, you may enjoy the train ride all the way to Lhasa. ( The return train is No.Z166.)

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Chengdu Tibet Train Tour

As the major gateway from southwest of China to Lhasa, Chengdu-Lhasa train (No. Z322) has its irreplaceable place in bridging east and west of mainland China. It takes your around 36:18 hours to arrive in Lhasa and covers 3360 km. Tourists can watch the giant pandas, Sichuan opera and taste the spicy Sichuan dishes, etc. Then, you can board the train and head towards holy Lhasa. (The return train is No. Z324.)

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Xining Tibet Train Tour

Geographically, the very Qinghai-Tibet train starts from Xining to Lhasa. Accordingly, the highlight of Qinghai-Tibet train centers along Xining-Lhasa train (No. Z6801). It takes your around 21:19 hours to reach Lhasa and covers 1972 km. On the train, tourists can enjoy the stunning Qarhan Salt Lake, summit of Mt. Yuzhu, Kekexili nature reserve, Tuotuo River, etc. In all, the ride of Xining-Lhasa train will come as a great appetizer for your Tibet travel. ( The return train is No.Z6802.)

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Guangzhou Tibet Train Tour

Guangzhou-Lhasa train is the longest train route from the south of China all the way to Tibet Autonomous Region. Guangzhou-Lhasa train (No. Z64) crosses the largest territory of mainland China and it takes 52:34 hours to reach Lhasa with a total distance of 4980 kms.If you are a big fan of train ride who wants to watch the varied terrain of China, this somewhat lengthy train route is just appropriate for you. (The return train is No.Z266.)

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HongKong Tibet Train Tour

Hong Kong Tibet Train

As there is no direct train that heads from HK to Lhasa, tourists may choose to fly to one of the following cities( Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xining, or Beijing ) and later take the train to Lhasa.

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Nepal Tibet Train Tour

Kathmandu Lhasa Train Tour

The dramatic altitude change and steep topography make it impossible to build railway to neighboring Tibet. Therefore, the best way to travel from Nepal to Lhasa is via flight.

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