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Qinghai-Tibet Railroad (Qinghai Portion)

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Xining Railway Station, halfway between Beijing and Lhasa
Xining Railway Station, halfway between Beijing and Lhasa
Xining Railway Station
Xining Railway Station
Red granite horse sculpture in front of Xining Railway Station
Red granite horse sculpture in front of Xining Railway Station
Monument in front of Xining Railway Station
Monument in front of Xining Railway Station
Communist-style monument, Xining
Communist-style monument, Xining
An hour before departure for Tibet
An hour before departure for Tibet
Xining Railway Station, starting point for my 25 hour train journey to Lhasa, Tibet
Xining Railway Station, starting point for my 25 hour train journey to Lhasa, Tibet
Xining to Lhasa 1956km
Xining to Lhasa 1956km
I arranged the tickets through China Cultural Center in Beijing
I arranged the tickets through China Cultural Center in Beijing
The local guide and driver, Xining
The local guide and driver, Xining
Chinese characters for Xining
Chinese characters for Xining
Getting tickets for Chinese trains is a big pain
Getting tickets for Chinese trains is a big pain
4 trains through Xining for Lhasa today - from Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing
4 trains through Xining for Lhasa today - from Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing
Waiting hall, Xining Railway Station
Waiting hall, Xining Railway Station
Chinese railway billboard
Chinese railway billboard
The Beijing-Lhasa train at the platform in Xining
The Beijing-Lhasa train at the platform in Xining
T27/28 Beijing West - Lhasa
T27/28 Beijing West - Lhasa
The trains are new and rather comfortable
The trains are new and rather comfortable
The elusive rail ticket to Lhasa, a bargain at 810 yuan, if you can get one
The elusive rail ticket to Lhasa, a bargain at 810 yuan, if you can get one
18:29 departure from Xining to Lhasa
18:29 departure from Xining to Lhasa
Cliffs honeycombed with caves west of central Xining
Cliffs honeycombed with caves west of central Xining
Leaving Xining behind
Leaving Xining behind
In the 4 berth cabin
In the 4 berth cabin
My other 3 cabin mates were all Chinese from Beijing
My other 3 cabin mates were all Chinese from Beijing
Corridor of the railway carriage
Corridor of the railway carriage
Luckily I didn't need this too often
Luckily I didn't need this too often
What a shock...only American Budweiser on board
What a shock...only American Budweiser on board
Kitchen of the dining car
Kitchen of the dining car
Dining car - Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Dining car - Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Washbasins outside the toilets
Washbasins outside the toilets
Early morning after a relatively good sleep having slept through the stop at Golmud
Early morning after a relatively good sleep having slept through the stop at Golmud
Snow along the old road to Lhasa, Qinghai Province
Snow along the old road to Lhasa, Qinghai Province
It takes several days to drive from Xining to Lhasa
It takes several days to drive from Xining to Lhasa
Watchtower at a remote outpost along the railroad, Qinghai Province
Watchtower at a remote outpost along the railroad, Qinghai Province
Road bridge and railroad viaduct shortly past Chumaerhe station, Qinghai
Road bridge and railroad viaduct shortly past Chumaerhe station, Qinghai
Qinghai-Tibet Railroad crossing one of many wide rivers
Qinghai-Tibet Railroad crossing one of many wide rivers
Barren Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai Province
Barren Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai Province
Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)
Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)
There's cellphone coverage along the railroad
There's cellphone coverage along the railroad
Outpost prior to Wu Dao Liang station
Outpost prior to Wu Dao Liang station
Wetlands, Tibetan Plateau
Wetlands, Tibetan Plateau
Wudaoliang Railway Station, 1100km from Xining, Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Wudaoliang Railway Station, 1100km from Xining, Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Cloudy day over the Tibetan Plateau
Cloudy day over the Tibetan Plateau
The new railroad parallels the old road to Lhasa
The new railroad parallels the old road to Lhasa
It's +2C here
It's +2C here
Streams passing through an area of snow fences
Streams passing through an area of snow fences
A lonely hut and tent with a man riding a yak
A lonely hut and tent with a man riding a yak
Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Herds of yaks and sheep alongside the railroad tracks
Herds of yaks and sheep alongside the railroad tracks
Herds of yaks and sheep alongside the railroad tracks
Herds of yaks and sheep alongside the railroad tracks
Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Muddy dirt road alongside the railroad tracks
Muddy dirt road alongside the railroad tracks
The Tibetan Plateau is the source of the great rivers of China
The Tibetan Plateau is the source of the great rivers of China
Snow capped mountains, Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai Province
Snow capped mountains, Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai Province
The road to Lhasa rejoins our route
The road to Lhasa rejoins our route
I once thought it would be fun to drive from Xining, but I think I'll pass...
I once thought it would be fun to drive from Xining, but I think I'll pass...
Highest railroad tunnel in the world - Fenghuoshan - 5072m/16,093ft
Highest railroad tunnel in the world - Fenghuoshan - 5072m/16,093ft
Small labor camp along the Tibet-Qinghai Railroad
Small labor camp along the Tibet-Qinghai Railroad
Snow covered peak near Jiangkedong Station, Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Snow covered peak near Jiangkedong Station, Qinghai-Tibet Railroad
Collapses road bridge near Jiangkedong, 1174 km from Xining
Collapses road bridge near Jiangkedong, 1174 km from Xining
My guess would be the river flooded
My guess would be the river flooded
Communication tower along the Tibet-Qinghai Railroad
Communication tower along the Tibet-Qinghai Railroad
Tibetan Plateau and the road to Lhasa
Tibetan Plateau and the road to Lhasa
Tibetan plateau with snow covered mountains
Tibetan plateau with snow covered mountains
Tuotuo He River,
Tuotuo He River,
Stupa and prayer flags, Tuotuo Heyan
Stupa and prayer flags, Tuotuo Heyan
Odd stupa near Tuotuo Heyan, Qinghai Province
Odd stupa near Tuotuo Heyan, Qinghai Province
Tibetan prayer flags, south of Tuotuo Heyan
Tibetan prayer flags, south of Tuotuo Heyan
Upper tributary of the Yangtze River, Qinghai Province
Upper tributary of the Yangtze River, Qinghai Province
Qinghai-Tibet Railroad viaduct
Qinghai-Tibet Railroad viaduct
High altitude section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railroad nearing the border of the Tibet Autonomous Region
High altitude section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railroad nearing the border of the Tibet Autonomous Region
Tibetan Plateau
Tibetan Plateau
Tiny settlement along the Tibet-Qinghai Railroad
Tiny settlement along the Tibet-Qinghai Railroad
Between Dri Chu and Tanggang Stations, Qinghai Province
Between Dri Chu and Tanggang Stations, Qinghai Province
Yanshiping, Qinghai Province (33.597N/92.069E
Yanshiping, Qinghai Province (33.597N/92.069E
Tongtien He River, Qinghai Province
Tongtien He River, Qinghai Province
Yan Shi Ping, Qinghai Province (33.597N/92.069E)
Yan Shi Ping, Qinghai Province (33.597N/92.069E)
A small bridge across the river with the Tibet Highway on the opposite bank
A small bridge across the river with the Tibet Highway on the opposite bank
Nearing the border between Qinghai Province and the Tibet Autonomous Region
Nearing the border between Qinghai Province and the Tibet Autonomous Region
Tibetan tent with a man and a motorbike
Tibetan tent with a man and a motorbike
Yakherder ,ear the Qinghai-Tibet border
Yakherder ,ear the Qinghai-Tibet border
Yak herder on the Tibetan plateau
Yak herder on the Tibetan plateau
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