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The train from Shigatse to Lhasa
 

Tibet Railway Data Base

Tibet Railway Data BaseQinghai-Tibet Railway is the world's highest railway. Part of its tracks is located 4,000 meters above
sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters.

The railway is the world's longest plateau railroad, extending 1,956 kilometers from Qinghai's
provincial capital Xining to Lhasa in Tibet.  

About 550 kilometers of the tracks run on frozen earth, the longest in any of the world's plateau railways.

Altogether there are 45 stations along the rail line. Tanggula Railway Station, 5,068 meters above sea
level, is the highest railway station in the world.

Fenghuoshan Tunnel, 4,905 meters above sea level, is the world's most elevated tunnel on frozen earth.

Kunlun Mountain Tunnel, running 1,686 meters, is the world's longest plateau tunnel built on frozen earth.

Upon its completion, the maximum train speed is designed to reach 100 km per hour in the frozen earth areas and 120 km per hour on non-
frozen earth.

There are abundant tourism resources along the route, including Qinghai Lake, Potala Palace, as well as habitats for many special wild animals.

Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the first eco-railway in China. The Tibet Plateau environment is so fragile that the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is taking on
volunteers to educate passengers and staff about maintaining the pristine environment and not tossing out their rubbish. And there are
constructing 33 special passageways to allow wild animals to cross the railway.Tibet Railway


According to the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Tibet will see an annual increase of 400,000 tourists due to the
new railway.

Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is an ancient city with a history of over 1,300 years.
The Lhasa of today, however, is not only famous as the "City of Sunlight", but also as the city from which
one can determine the pulse of a constantly changing Tibet. With the world’s highest Qinghai-Tibet
Railway, more and more passengers will reach Lhasa to enjoy the beautiful landscape and mysterious
culture in Tibet.


Useful info about the train Lhasa-Shigatse(Xigaze)
  • About route: From Shigatse to Lhasa, if with normal vehicle, it takes about 280km, 6 hours. We plan it normally for 1 day drive. If the route
    The train from Shigatse to Lhasa needs back to Lhasa such as Lhasa-(Tsedang)-
    Gyantse-Shigatse-Lhasa, take the new train from
    Shigatse to Lhasa, the route could be 1 day shorter in
    Tibet. But for the tour route Lhasa-Shigatse-Dingri-Mount
    Everrest-Zhangmu(Nepal border),we don’t suggest the
    clients to take the new train Lhasa-Shigatse, as the
    clients miss the sightseeing at Yamdroktso See, Karola
    Glacier and Palkor Monastery, which are on the way
    Lhasa-Shigatse and only available if the traveler take
    bus/car.
  • About tour expenses: For FIT group with route Lhasa-
    (Ttsedang)-Gyantse-Shigatse-Lhasa, they can save 1
    day in Tibet if they use train instead of use vehicle, even
    they need paythe train ticket Shigatse-Lhasa extra, the
    tour could be a little bit cheaper for the small group.


  • Health Notice/Health Registration Card The thin air at the high altitude made construction difficult. The passenger carriages used on
    Lhasa trains are specially built and have an oxygen supply for each passenger. Every passenger train has a doctor.Before embarking, a
    passenger “Health Registration Card” must be filled in – requiring travelers to read and sign a high-altitude travel disclaimer. Passengers
    must read the health notice for high-elevation travel and sign the agreement on the card to take the train.
  • Brief introduction of the new rail way Lhasa-Shigatse
    The Lhasa–Shigatse(Xigaze)Railway, or Lari Railway, is a high-elevation railway that connects Lhasa to Shigatse(Xigatze), in Tibet AR.
    The length of the railway is 253 km (157 mi). The construction started in September 2010 and was completed in July 2014. The line was
    formally opened in August 2014. The line includes 14 stations. The project has a budget of 13.3 billion yuan (about $2.14 billion).
    The completion of this project opened up possible extensions of the network further west and south into Nepal and to Yadong County,
    close to the border with Sikkim, India. 

 
 


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