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“Marvellous train ride with different feelings within 24 hours”

Qinghai Tibet Train (Lhasa Express)
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3-Night Lhasa Impression Small-Group Tour
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Owner description: Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's highest railway goes 710 miles from Qinghai to Lhasa, on which the train starts from mainland China: Beijing, Xining, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing, making your trip to Tibet extremely unparalleled and attractive. It has become the most popular way to Tibet since the initial launch of China Tibet railway across the vantage point for viewing the plateau scenery. To book train to or from Tibet, feel free to contact Explore China Tibet travel service!
Reviewed June 20, 2013

I just got back from Tibet early this morning. My friends and I decided to experience this Qinghai Tibet Train from Xining to Lhasa. It took almost 24 hours for us to reach the Roof of the World.

We departed Xining at 10pm in the night. We have problems storing our luggage bags. Please read the below posting if you want to know more on the train's storage space.


Please note that the cabin are shared between men and women.

When the day break, we have marvellous sceneries of this unique land. You will get the see different kind of landscape during the train ride.

1) Desert landscape
2) Snow-capped mountains
3) Snowing on the desert landscape (We are very lucky to see this.)
4) Green pasture of farmlands
5) Goats and yaks grazing the grassland
6) Scared lake of Tibet (Nam Tso Lake)

When we reach 5,190 metres above sea level, the high altitude sickness magnified. Headaches are very common symptom of high altitude sickness. If the sickness is great, you can request to see the doctor on the train. The cabin captain can also provide you with breathing tube to assist you to breath in oxygen at a moderate pace.

Overall, I enjoy the train ride although I have bad headaches due to high altitude.

8  Thank mlguitar
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

It's worth to take this long time journey, much more economical than taking flight, the scenery are amazing outside the window, wow, wonderful!

7  Thank Froehlich A
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

First off... it's LOOOONG. We took the train from Chengdu to Lhasa and the whole journey took 44 hours. But it's the best way to acclimatize to the altitude in Lhasa since you are adjusting to the higher grounds gradually.

The landscape outside the train changes at an alarming speed, and it really is an engineering marvel that the train can run from snowy landscape over rivers through desert to thundra/temperate forests to the crazily high grounds of Tibet. The changes in the environment sometimes all within an hour.

Note: there are no places to charge your electronic devices, so bring a book or something. The scenery is gorgeous and changes fast, but it does get boring after a while.

Tip: Consider paying the extra $50 for a soft sleeper. It is A LOT more comfortable and spacious (4 to a cabin instead of 6) and more importantly, the attendants are more ruthless in enforcing the no smoking in cabin rule. The attendants in the hard sleepers seemed overwhelmed by the number of people who are trying to "secretly" smoke. Disregard if you are a smoker. If you have western sensibilities, don't even consider the soft/hard seaters.

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12  Thank ZTW
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

it is such hard to discribe to constructed this railway. it is a miracle of the whole world ,isn't it?

4  Thank potrol s
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

I travelled on the train from Beijing to Lhasa in May 2012 , in a group tour with Intrepid. It is one of the world’s great journeys -3753 kms , 44 hours ( two nights) and the world’s highest train, and the scenery especially on the second day is quite spectacular, with snow-capped mountains, herds of yak, goats and sheep, small villages and miles of tundra. I was in a six berth hard sleeper sharing with my group, so not so bad, we all happily sat together on the bottom bunk during the day. (we were the only westerners on the train).
Each carriage has boiling water at one end , so it’s a good idea to take your own food , like noodles , tea or coffee (3in1 coffee satchels are great for train travel) , snacks and bottles of water. There is a dining car where you can go for meals or wait for the attendants who will come around with food on a trolley, but it didn’t seem all that appealing especially the breakfast. On the last day the toilets (squat type) , were pretty disgusting , they seemed to stop cleaning them, but survivable if you have to go!!
I really enjoyed the journey and sat and watched the scenery go by for hours , enthralled at the countryside but I then love train travel and have done many long train trips.

20  Thank Jillyallen
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