45 hours on this train is a life experience that will never be forgotten by me or my fellow tour travellers. After successfully making it through the numerous passport and ticket checks, actually getting on the train and figuring out what bed we had each been assigned to, then commenced an experience in neatness, closeness and patience. I was fortunate enough to have a bed on the bottom (very desirable). I passed the time chatting to fellow passengers, reading, looking out the window, hopping on and off the train when it stopped at big stations, eating (food was fine but a little odd), and sleeping. All was really rather pleasant except for 1 enormous aspect - the TOILET IS DISGUSTING! Take your own toilet paper and some vicks vabour rub for under your nose. Also buy enough water for the entire journey either before you get on or as soon as the cart comes around as they ran out c.14 hours before we arrived in Lhasa, which was a little stressful. Good luck!
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