“Mystical, distant and impenetrable on lofty plateau”, the old image of Tibet was long gone with the birth of Tibet train, also known as Lhasa Express. Completed and opened for travelers in July, 2016, Tibet train, topping out 5072m and covering 1956km from Xining to Lhasa, became the world’s highest, safest and most reliable alternative to flight and treacherous road trip to holy Tibet.
With 86% of the railway running over 4000m across sublime Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Tibet train tour promised epic scenic ride and got the title as “ Sky Train”.
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Life on the Train to Tibet
The "Sky Train", "Lhasa Express", "Rocket to the rooftop of the world", "World's highest railway"; regardless of what it is called, this Qinghai Tibet train is truly an engineering wonder. The train is equipped with 2 Oxygen sources, 1) released throughout the cabins when reaching Golmud and heading into Tibet and 2) Personal Oxygen Canisters in case you feel light headed and only available from Tibet to Golmud or from Golmud to Tibet (see Tibet Train Oxygen).
The facilities and services provided on the train to Tibet can meet the demand of every passenger and make your Tibet train journey pretty safe and never dull. We teach you how to choose the suitable train ticket, from cozy soft sleeper with great privacy to comfortable hard sleeper and cheap hard seat. You will get to know what, where and when to dine in Tibet train and how to use oxygen supply system and other useful tips that will make your Tibet train journey, easy and pleasant.
The first-class cabin on Tibet trains with 4 soft berths in each compartment.
The most popular cabin on Tibet train with 6 hard berths in each compartment at a cheaper price.
FAQs about Tibet Trains
With over 10 years of China Tibet Train tour running experiences, we gathered all the frequently asked questions about Tibet train journey. From Tibet train booking, to best season for Tibet train journey and Tibet journey safety and other dos and don’ts, you will find your answer in the loads of useful information about Tibet train tour.
The World Highest Railway that taking Trains to Tibet
Touted as the world’s highest railway, Qinghai-Tibet Railway is an engineering wonder in the history of rail transport. Stretching as far as 1956km, the railway connects Xining and Lhasa with 5 major railway stations. Over 86 % of the railroad is built above 4000m from Golmud to Lhasa. And the highest place Qinghai-Tibet Railway reaches is Tanggula Pass (5072m). In addition to extreme altitude, engineers are faced with daunting challenges such as 550km’s permafrost, protection of fragile eco-system and building of world’s longest tunnel on permafrost on Tibetan Plateau, etc. Yet, with concerted efforts, the completion of entire railway was done without a single accident in 2006. Currently, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway extends from Lhasa to Shigatse. It is expected to be further extended to Gyirong border in 2020, and finally reaches Kathmandu in 2024.
Major Attractions along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway
Xinging, a city of just over one million inhabitants, is situated in a remote valley on the eastern edge of Qinghai Province - occupying China's rugged, cold-weather northern "frontier." The city is best known for the Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Temple), one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist sites in China. The Gelugpa sect was founded here by Tsongkhapa, and the hillside monastery was erected in 1560 in his honor. Up to 2,000 monks can gather to chant sutras in the Great Hall of Meditation, whose roof is supported by carpet-wrapped pillars. The Hall of Butter Sculpture includes colorfully-painted yak butter scutptures depicting important events in Buddhist history. Once home to over 3,000 monks, Kumbum Monastery now houses 600.
The lake is about the size of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, though Qinghai Lake is not nearly as salty. Its waters support a variety of fish which, in turn, support a variety of birds - many of which call on Qinghai Lake during their bi-annual migrations. Cormorants, geese, cranes and swans are plentiful here. The summer months bring herds of yak. Over twenty rivers and streams flow into the lake but there's no outflow; evaporation maintains its level.
The city's economic mainstays are its burgeoning mineral, oil and chemical industries. But to the visitor Golmud's main function is "transportation hub." Through here funnels traffic from China's eastern and northern cities to the lone highway (and now, the lone railroad) leading southwest to Lhasa. To many visitors passing through, Golmud's surrounding landscape presents an almost lunar look; at an almost 10,000-foot elevation, the region is virtually treeless.
Major Qinghai-Tibet Railway Stations
- Xining Railway Station
- Lhasa Railway Station
- Beijing West Railway Station
- Shanghai Railway Station
- Chengdu Railway Station
- Guangzhou Railway Station
- Xian Railway Station
- Golmud Railway Station
- Shigatse Railway Station
- Chongqing North Railway Station
- Lanzhou Railway Station