Train travel to Tibet (Qinghai-Tibet Railway)

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Train travel to Tibet (Qinghai-Tibet Railway)

Postby long_way » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:05 pm

"The Qingzang railway, Qinghai–Xizang railway, or Qinghai–Tibet railway (simplified Chinese: 青藏铁路; traditional Chinese: 青藏鐵路; pinyin: Qīngzàng Tiělù), is a high-altitude railway that connects Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, in China." (Wikipedia, find the complete article here: )

The section between Golmud and Lhasa (1142 km railway) was opened on 1 July 2006 by the Chinese president Hu Jintao. Over 80% of the Golmud-Lhasa section is at an altitude of more than 4,000 m.

Trains run from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Lanzhou, Shanghai and Guangzhou

A ticket from beijing to Lhasa costs CNY¥ 389 for hard seat, CNY¥ 813 for a lower hard sleeper (a lower bunk in a basic sleeping car), or CNY¥ 1,262 for a lower soft sleeper (a bunk in a more luxurious sleeping car). T28 from Lhasa to Beijing West departs at 08:00 and arrives in Beijing at 08:00 on the third day, takes 48 hours.

Train T27 from Beijing to Lhasa takes 47 hours 28 minutes, covering 4,064 km (2,500 miles), departs at 21:30 from Beijing West, and arrives in Lhasa at 20:58 on the third day. The train runs at the speed of 160 km per hour on the plain, but slows down to 120 km per hour when it reaches the Qinghai-Tibet section.

All the trains to Lhasa require one ticket for one seat/berth. No standing-room-only ticket is on sale.

A Passenger Health Registration Card is required to take the train. The card can be obtained when purchasing the ticket.

Wikipedia article on Tibet:

Train travel in Tibet:

Train ticket: ... Ticket.jpg

Inside of the train: ... 320002.htm
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