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.

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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