Tibet Train, also called “the world’s highest railway”, “Lhasa Express”, “Sky Train”, and “Rock to the roof of the world”. No matter what it is called, the Qinghai Railway is truly an engineering wonder across the world. It climbs 5,000m-high mountains, bridges 12km-wide valleys and extends 1,956 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, to Lhasa. Nearly half of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway lies over 4,000 m above sea level and about 550 kilometers of this railway is laid on frozen earth. The highest point is Tanggula Mountain Pass Station (5072 meters above sea level), which is also the highest station in the world.
Construction of this railway was divided into two phases. The 815 km (506 mi) section between Xining and Golmud was completed by 1984. The 1,142 km (710 mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was completed on 12 October 2005. It opened to regular trial service on 1 July 2006. Sceneries along the Qinghai-Tibet railway are amazingly beautiful, vast grasslands dotted with yaks and sheep, turquoise alpine holy lakes, shining snow-capped mountains and much more.
Currently, there are 8 major Chinese cities operates trains to Lhasa. They are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Xining. And the following picture is the map of Tibet trains from 8 cities.
Qinghai Tibet Railway
Every route has its benefits and drawbacks. Among these routes, we highly recommend you to start your train journey from Xining, in Qinghai Province, as Xining to Lhasa train is the quickest and most convenient one among all routes . Not only that, it covers many spectacular natural sceneries of Qinghai – Tibet plateau .
Qinghai-Tibet Railway - Scenes Along the Tibet Railway
Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.
1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?
2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?
Dear Ms. Ho***,
Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards
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