Qinghai-Tibet Railway connects Xining,Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet

Qinghai-Tibet Railway Xining Qinghai
Take the train connects Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet, will be a special experience during your trip to SW and NW of China! The only railway rides at such high-elevation in the world is built in frozen ground and offers unique landscape alongside. To gradually acclimate to the altitude, it is an excellent way to reach Lhasa from Beijing through the remote region of Qinghai.

Railway on the Roof of the World

Connecting the city of Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet, with a length of 1,956 km, this railway well explain the name of "Railway on the Roof of the World". Offcially Launched in 2006, this railway is regarded as the highest altitude railway in the world which passes the Tanggula pass at an altitude of 5,072 meters!
It is a real feat of completing such a construction, which more than half of the railway is frozen earth year-round and almost the entire journey is carried out at an altitude of over 4,000 metres!
Passengers who ride on this train have the chance to admire the landscapes only using this means of transport. The Desert Plateau of Qinghai and the Snow Mountain of Tibet put into the atmosphere before arriving in the holy land.

Well-equipped Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The train also allows to acclimate to the altitude gradually whereas if you take a plane, sometimes it takes a few days to get over. The cabins are pressurized, oxygen-enriched and even protect you from UV rays! The only drawback might be being stuck in the train for 24 hours. But the scenery of Tanggula Mountain and Tuotuohe are really beautiful! You will not regret the trip!

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  • Altitude

    2 260M Altitude Qinghai-Tibet Railway
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