The Conag Lake Platform is one of the Scenery Platforms along Qinghai-Tibet railway.
Conag Lake, a large freshwater lake of 400 square kilometers, is like a glittering blue pearl in the huge Northern Tibet Grassland. The altitude of the Conag Lake Train Station is 4,594 meters. Lying between the Kunlun Mountains and the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, Conag Lake is the world’s highest freshwater lake at an elevation of 4,594 meters.
The beautiful Conag Lake shows three different kinds of blue color under the sunshine.
Located 20 kilometers southwest of Amdo County, Conag Lake is pooled together by all the rivers from southern Tanggula Mountains, and it is the source of the Nujiang River and Nagchu River. It is respected by the local people as a holy lake.
Passing the amazing Conag Lake on the Train to Tibet!
As it is west to the Qinghai-Tibet railway, passengers can see it through the windows on the right side on the train to Lhasa, whereas through the windows on the left side on the train from Lhasa. And the shortest distance between the railway and the lake is just 20 meters.
Getting close to the holy lake Conag on the Tibet train!
The scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway that is known as the highest railway in the world is breathtakingly attractive. Amidst the numerous high and gigantic snow-capped mountains spread a range of hills, lakes and gorges, constituting undulation alpine prairie. The most magnificent pastoral view along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the famous Qiangtang or Changtang Grassland in north Tibet.
Train has become the major way to Tibet for travelers. As it is a long-distance trip, the service on the train is very important. In order to make passengers travel comfortably onboard, the train is equipped with air-condition, oxygen supply system and anti-radiation sightseeing windows.
The oxygen supply system is the most important. It is the key element to ensure passengers’ comfort and safety because 960km of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is built on the area over 4,000 meters above sea level, which easily causes high altitude sickness.
Though the Qinghai-Tibet Railway starts from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, its highlight is the section from Golmud to Lhasa. The lotal length of this railway is 1,956 km, 815 km of which is between Xining and Golmud and 1,142 km of which lies between Golmud and Lhasa. Over 80% of the Golmud-Lhasa section is at an elevation of over 4,000 meters above sea level, with the highest point of 5072 meters at the Tanggula Pass.
Have you ever thought of doing something different to make your life more exciting? You might find excitement by just going in a different direction than you’re used to. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii or visit far away friends. Why not try something totally different, like travelling to the roof of the world?
Tibet, with an average elevation exceeding 4,500 metres, is renowned as the roof of the world. There are different ways of travelling to Tibet, by air, by railway and by road. Among these ways, by train to Tibet is the most popular as Tibet train ride is known as a lifetime journey.
Each year, over ten millions of travelers travel to Tibet from mainland China or from Nepal, but more than 90% of them from China as it is more convenient. There are many flights, trains and highways to Tibet from China. The most popular way to Tibet from China is by train.
Usually, it takes at most 6 hours to fly to Tibet, but at least 23 hours to Lhasa by train. Then why do travelers still choose the train to Tibet? On one hand, it is an economic way to Tibet. On the other hand, travelers can experience a unique train ride on the highest railway in the world, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. More than 960 km of this railway is at an elevation of over 4,000 meters. It is the highest in the world.
Though booking train tickets online from the official website of China Railway Company is very popular among Chinese travelers, it is nearly impossible for individual travelers to book a train ticket to Lhasa by this way. Because most train tickets are reserved by travel agencies.
The best and secure way for foreign tourists to book Tibet train tickets is by using a reputable online travel agency, which will charge a service fee. Some travel agencies have an annual reservation from the ticket office, so they can get tickets much easier that others.
Nagchu which means “black river” in Tibetan language refers to a prefecture in northern Tibet or a town within the prefecture. The Nagchu town located at an elevation of around 4,500 metres and by located by the well-known Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the administrative center of this prefecture.
The Nagchu known as “a pearl in northern Tibet” is famous for its unique landscape, the vast Qiangtang Grassland, the holy lakes Namtso, Tangra Yumco and over 1,000 other lakes like jadeite scattered on the grassland of the plateau. There are also many hot springs and geothermal spots at this region.
Many foreign travelers who plan to travel to Tibet by train may be confused by this question that why they can’t book Tibet train ticket on internet by themselves.
The major reason is that the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is an extremely popular tourist railroad in China. Each day, thousands of travelers travel to Tibet via this railway.
Another reason is that because most train tickets, sleeper tickets in particular, are reserved by travel agencies. Generally, the travel agency who can guarantee the train tickets, attracts more customers.
Dondrup used to be a farmer and plant highland barley in his hometown, Lhatse County, Shigatze Prefecture. After the establishment of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in 2006 which brought soaring number of visitors, Dondrup started to provide hospitality services.
In a few years’ time, Dondrup became the first farmer multimillionaire in his hometown. As he said, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway not only brought tourists and consumers, but also boundless business opportunities.