Train from Xinjiang to Tibet

According to Xinhua news agency, a new railway line will link Xinjiang and Tibet via a city called Golmud, in Qinhai province. The new Golmud-Korla project will be the first direct rail link between Xinjiang the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
The new line will cut the train journey between Urumqi and Lhasa by more than 1,000 km.

The line is planned to open before 2015. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-03/06/c_13764216.htm

Currently, railway travelers from Urumqi to Lhasa have to take trains to Lanzhou in Gansu Province before heading southwest up the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau toward Lhasa. The total journey is about 4,000 km.

 

Some adventure travelers make it from Kashgar to Lhasa via a southern route, but it is not for the faint of heart. Find more information on the lonely planet thorn tree forum.

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