Get to Tibet by Train, Tibet Train Travel

Written by Ruru Zhou Updated Jul. 9, 2021

The opening of the Qinghai-Tibet railway is a historical move for Tibet transportation which ended the situation of Tibet is one of the most inaccessible regions in China. Traveling to Lhasa by railway is selected as one of the Top 10 Things to Do in China. Now train service linking the Roof of the World to other parts of China. There are currently six train services to/from Lhasa which include Beijing-Lhasa, Shanghai-Lhasa, Guangzhou-Lhasa, Lanzhou/xian-Lhasa, Chengdu/Chongqing-Lhasa and Xining/Golmud-Lhasa, etc. 


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Traveling on the Qinghai - Tibet Railway

For most of the tourists visiting China, it’s an unmissable experience to take a train to Lhasa of Tibet, as they can appreciate the unparalleled scenery by Qinghai-Tibet Railway with the highest evaluation and the longest route in the world. Throughout a journey, tourists can appreciate yaks by the side of Qinghai Lake, fantastic salt lake crystallization, relatively clear sky, towering snow-capped mountains hidden in the cloud, Qarhan Salt Lake, ice crown, vulture, a memoir of the Potala Palace and miracle religious culture.

Also read Qinghai – Tibet Railway.

Hailed as the Tibet roof of the world, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau becomes known to the world for its high evaluation, thin air, low oxygen content, strong ultraviolet, snow-covered throughout the year and complex climate. One American traveler once said that there would be no train to Lhasa if Mount Kunlun still exists. However, after four years of hard work, a number of rare troubles have been overcome. In the year 2005, the construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau was completely completed. People would like to call it Sky Road as it stretches over the world’s highest plateau.

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau boasts the highest evaluation, the world’s highest plateau permafrost tunnel, namely Fenghuoshan Tunnel, the world’s longest plateau permafrost tunnel, namely Kunlunshan Tunnel, Tanggula train station with the world’s highest evaluation and Lhasa River Bridge which is also the sign of Qinghai-Tibet railway.

Lhasa Railway Station

Tibet is served by Lhasa Railway Station, which is the terminal station of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It is located on the southern bank of the Lhasa River, at an altitude of 3641 meters (11,946 feet). Lhasa Railway Station was put into use on July 1st, 2006. It is the largest railway station on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, with 7 platforms that are all equipped with shelter from the weather. There are 10 station tracks: 8 arrival and departure tracks and 2 freight tracks.

The main station building measures 340 meters (1115 feet) in length and 60 meters (197 feet) in width, covering an area of 23,600 square meters (254,000 square feet). The main part of the station has 5 floors, with 4 waiting rooms, including ordinary waiting rooms, soft seat waiting rooms, VIP waiting rooms and Tibetan style VIP waiting rooms. One of the soft seat waiting rooms are equipped with an escalator and an infirmary. The square in front of the station is 60,000 square meters (650,000 square feet) in area. Reportedly, to avoid or relieve passengers’ feeling of lack of oxygen and weariness, Lhasa Railway Station tries its best to shorten the distance passengers have to cover when they get in and out of the station and is equipped with elevators.

Lhasa Railway Station uses ample solar energy, free from contamination and protecting the environment in Lhasa.

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