Travel to Tibet by Train

This is highest railway in the world, Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Tibet has blue sky and white clouds, towering snow mountains, holy ice lake, there is nothing not beautiful, every picture is the most beautiful existence. In addition, Tibet also has a mysterious and sacred Tibetan Buddhist culture. So, Tibet attracts many tourists from home and abroad every year. Traveling to Tibet has become more and more popular.

How to Get to Tibet

People who have never been to Tibet may have such a question in their mind, how to get to Tibet. With the development of the transportation industry in Tibet, you can get to Tibet by plane or by train. Of course, you can also travel by car.

If you want to choose the fastest way to get into Tibet, flying is definitely a good choice. Because it can save you a lot of time and let you enjoy the beautiful scenery more. But it’s relatively more expensive. Additionally, Flights to Tibet are heavily affected by the weather. There are still many people are willing to choose it, because it is convenient and fast. If your journey time is tight or you want to get to Tibet quickly, you can choose to fly to Tibet.

A lot of people will choose to drive by themselves, which is relatively more freedom. Where you want to spend a few days depends on your own wishes, and sometimes you can find some beautiful scenery that others have not found. However, if you choose to drive your own car on the route into Tibet, you need a good body and rich driving experience, so that you can guarantee your own safety before starting. For example, the section of the Sichuan-Tibet line is difficult in many places, and there are many unknown factors that may encounter mudslides or landslides.

In recent years, more and more people choose to travel Tibet by train. It is relatively cheaper, safer, and more punctual to go to Tibet by train. You’ll also be able to enjoy a variety of different sights along the way, and you’ll almost never be disappointed. What’s more, you can slowly adapt to the high altitude, which can reduce the possibility of altitude sickness. And, the seats on the trains into Tibet are equipped with oxygen in case of emergency. Nowadays, traveling to Tibet by train has become the first choice for many people.

The Railway into Tibet

At present, only Qinghai-Tibet Railway goes to Lhasa, Tibet, which is the highest altitude railway in the world. It is one of China’s four major projects in the new century and the first railway to the hinterland of Tibet. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway was completed in two phases. The first phase of the project, from Xining in the east to Golmud in the west, started construction in 1958 and was completed and opened to traffic in May 1984. The second phase of the project, from Golmud in the east to Lhasa in the west, started on June 29, 2001, and opened to traffic on July 1, 2006. Qinghai-Tibet Railway has a total length of 1956km and 85 stations. As of July 1, 2016, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway has opened seven routes to Lhasa, the holy city of China, from Guangzhou to Lhasa, Shanghai to Lhasa, Beijing to Lhasa, Lanzhou to Lhasa, Xining to Lhasa, Chengdu to Lhasa and Chongqing to Lhasa. Currently, there are 28 railway stations with direct trains to Lhasa via the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in whole China. So, it is very convenient to travel to Tibet by train.

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