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Qinghai Tibet Train (Lhasa Express)

Lhasa, China
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About Qinghai Tibet Train (Lhasa Express)
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.
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KodoDrummer wrote a review Dec 2020
Yekaterinburg, Russia64030 contributions138838 helpful votes
Very nice train-car and seating, on this, the world's highest in elevation railway. Most fantastic are the astonishingly spectacular views.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler wrote a review May 2020
Singapore, Singapore11766 contributions786 helpful votes
We took a train ride from Xian to Lhasa and took the 4 bedder soft sleeper and changed in Xining. It was a nice experience with lots of beautiful scenery along the 2nd half of the >30 hrs' journey. Choose to take a train rather than fly into Lhasa so as to help to climatise ourselves for the high altitude. Did feel a bit of headache and short of breath sometime along the way but there's oxygen onboard. There's also medical personnel on board as well. Other than the not so clean toilet facilities which are outside the cabin, the overall experience was great.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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galinamf wrote a review May 2020
New York City, New York102 contributions38 helpful votes
Train ride is very long, not comfortable even in soft sleeper. It is not much cheaper compared to flight tickets. It doesn't help to acclimatize at all (you only spend about 4-5 hours at an altitude that is lower than Lhasa), so just a waste of time. The view from the train is nice only if you are not traveling in Tibet past Lhasa. I think that you will see much better landscapes in Tibet (for example, when traveling to Everest and especially if you travel to Mount Kailash). Nobody washes windows, so view wont be the best. I took the train once because I expected some good views, but in my opinion, they are not worth the discomfort of the train ride.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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HenryTen wrote a review Feb 2020
San Francisco, California99 contributions71 helpful votes
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We were heading for Lhasa to do an overland drive including an overnight at 5200 meters (near Everest Base Camp/china side). The train was physically comfortable (though somewhat socially challenging). Because we booked late, my son and I ended up in different cabins in separate cars. Folks were friendly enough, but very little English is spoken, so it's a bit isolating. The restaurant car is a nice hangout, though not a culinary gem.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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copyrabbit wrote a review Aug 2019
Singapore, Singapore921 contributions104 helpful votes
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I have joined a tour where they booked us on the softberth cabin for 4. We have thought we will be altogether in a cabin but when the tickets issued, we were in different cabin. Since we are travelled with a group tour, the tour guide swap our tickets among. Something good about travel with agent in a group :) Our train starts from Xining to Lhasa. About 18-22 hrs of train ride. I would highly recommend this type of slowly ascending to somewhere high altitude to avoid high altitude sickness. The train soft berth cabin may not be the most luxury that you have seen but it’s the highest grade among all cabins available in this train ride. The cabin is very small. There is plug for charging your phones. A very small table at the window between the bunk bed. We suppose to keep our luggage underneath the bunk bed but the gap is too narrow. On the web, it stated it’s 30cm gap underneath the bed and the floor. It’s definitely lower than that. Our luggage have to be put near the train door, along the passage between two carriages. Hence, it is advised to bring your own travel chain in case you have to do that. The cabin supply free oxygen at the head of each bunk bed after one of the stop. Feel free to turn it on and off by sticking your finger into the valve. For smokers, on and off, there some cigarettes smell from the toilet area although it’s a non-smoking train. I didn’t break the rule but downloaded the train stops schedule (published on web) to catch a few puff along the journey. The schedule was very accurate. Please do check with the crew which train door will be open during the stopover as some of the stops are as short as 6 minutes. I missed one of my smoking break due to such. For meals, there is a restaurant on train but it does not open 24-7. It’s Chinese food and you have to order the dishes and rice. Average taste with reasonable price. No snacks sold but there bottled waters to purchase. I would suggest you bought your own food if you may not like the dishes. No shower facilities but some washing basin areas for brushing and washing hands. There is a squat and sitting toilet in each carriage. Do remind to bring more tissue during the trip as it’s limited on board. Drinking water, there is a water area near the toilets and washing area for free. Serve only hot water. Bring your own flask / bottles.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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