Tibet Train Tour Xining City to Lhasa

Now we offers an 8-day train Tibet tour from Chengdu in China’s Sichuan Province, to Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

In 2006 the Xining-Lhasa rail line opened, marking the first rail connection between Tibet and the Chinese mainland. Renowned as the “highest train in the world,” 86% of the line is at an elevation above 4,000 meters. The highest point is 5,072 meters at the Tangu-la Pass, where the train passes into Central Tibet. Over 550 kilometers of track lies over permafrost, and specially-engineered cooling pipes are installed to keep the ground frozen below the tracks during spring thaw. Some parts of the track cross elevated pylons to maintain migration corridors for plateau wildlife.

Chengdu is renowned as China’s “gateway to Tibet,” and there are many cultural attractions in the area. Travelers will get to visit the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, which was founded in 1987. The center has 6 rescued Pandas from the wild and about 83 Pandas that were bred in the center. Visitors to Chengdu will also visit the Leshan Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world, built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

From Chengdu travelers will take a train over night through the Chinese countryside to reach the city of Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. From there they will connect to the Xining-Lhasa line.

About 100 kilometers west of Xining is China’s biggest lake, Kokonur or Qinghai Lake. This saline lake is located on the Tibetan Plateau in the ethnic Tibetan region called Amdo. Twenty-three rivers and streams feed the lake, and the area is a protected nature zone. The grasslands are used by Tibetan and Mongolian nomads.

“The train ride from Xining to Lhasa offers spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and glaciers on the Tanggula mountain range, which is the source of the Yangtze River” Explore Tibet said.
With a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour, the entire train trip takes about 24 hours. The train is scheduled to run through scenic areas during daylight hours, with stops for tourists to disembark and take photographs.

Other sights on the 24-hour train ride include wildlife, like the antelopes of the Kekexilin Wildlife Reserve, sparse nomadic families living in distinctive black yak-hair tents, and the scattered villages of the Changtang (northern plain).

After arriving in Lhasa, the remainder of the journey is dedicated to the famous sights of the capital city and the surrounding areas. The scheduled tours in Lhasa include the Potala Palace, the monasteries of Sera and Drepung, the holy Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor market and pilgrimage circuit.

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