Tibet Train, also called “the world’s highest railway”, “Lhasa Express”, “Sky Train”, and “Rock to the roof of the world”. No matter what it is called, the Qinghai Railway is truly an engineering wonder across the world. It climbs 5,000m-high mountains, bridges 12km-wide valleys and extends 1,956 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, to Lhasa. Nearly half of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway lies over 4,000 m above sea level and about 550 kilometers of this railway is laid on frozen earth. The highest point is Tanggula Mountain Pass Station (5072 meters above sea level), which is also the highest station in the world.
Construction of this railway was divided into two phases. The 815 km (506 mi) section between Xining and Golmud was completed by 1984. The 1,142 km (710 mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was completed on 12 October 2005. It opened to regular trial service on 1 July 2006. Sceneries along the Qinghai-Tibet railway are amazingly beautiful, vast grasslands dotted with yaks and sheep, turquoise alpine holy lakes, shining snow-capped mountains and much more.
Currently, there are 8 major Chinese cities operates trains to Lhasa. They are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Xining. And the following picture is the map of Tibet trains from 8 cities.
Qinghai Tibet Railway
Every route has its benefits and drawbacks. Among these routes, we highly recommend you to start your train journey from Xining, in Qinghai Province, as Xining to Lhasa train is the quickest and most convenient one among all routes. Not only that, it covers many spectacular natural sceneries of Qinghai – Tibet plateau.
Qinghai-Tibet Railway - Scenes Along the Tibet Railway
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Who is the tour organizer? Are the guides tibetan and English speakers?
Dear Mr. Ba***,
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. We are the tour organizer, and we have two offices, one is located in Lhasa as operating office, and one is located in Chengdu as sales office, but we are the same company. And also all of our guides are local Tibetan English speaking guide.
Please kindly let me know when you would like to take the tour? And How many people in your group? And where you will be before and after Tibet tour? After I get the details, I will forward you more details about the tour. Best regards.
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