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Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The world's highest railway is a real masterpiece attracting travellers from all over the planet


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The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the highest railway in the world. This human-made world wonder attracts millions of visitors each year. Since its opening in 2006, the railway has become the busiest in Asia. Six trains connect Tibet and various parts of China, cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, and the capital of the Tibet region Lhasa.

Qinghai-Tibet Railway in Tibet - Best Season 2020
Qinghai-Tibet Railway View 2020
Qinghai-Tibet Railway View

The total length of the railway is 1,956 km, and the highest part is located at the height of 5,072 m. Half of the track is set at a height of 4,000 m, and a considerable part is laid on permafrost. The highest tunnel in the world, the Fenghuoshan tunnel, is also part of this journey and can be found at an elevation of 4,905 m. There are 675 bridges set along the whole railway.

Train ride from Xining to Lhasa, Tibet, China 2020
Train ride from Xining to Lhasa, Tibet, China

Other highlights you can see during your journey include the vast Qinghai Lake, the amazing Kunlun and Tanggula mountain ranges, the uninhabited Hoh Xiland, and the origin of the Yangtze River. You can also enjoy seeing some rare animals, like Tibetan antelopes, yaks, and various birds. Please note that being at such high elevations can be harmful to your health, so check all the risks before you book a ticket.

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