The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is quickly becoming a popular Tibet travel option
(PRWEB) March 19, 2013
In recent years it has become possible for travelers to take the epic train journey across China and into Tibet on the Qinghai Tibet Railway. The astounding landscapes travelers will witness along the way are simply unrivaled. Passengers on the new railway will see majestic mountain scenery and nomad life on the Tibetan Plateau, all from the comfort of a train car. To help travelers plan their trip, Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS has released a few travel tips:
•The best part of the journey is from Golmud to Lhasa. Passengers will have views of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau where they can gaze out the window at the nomads that roam the expansive plateau.
•The highest point on the railway is at 5,231 meters (17,162 feet) at Tanggu Pass. Oxygen is available on board for passengers who may have trouble adjusting to the altitude. While passengers will acclimatize to Tibet’s altitude more easily on the train than arriving by plane, the train still makes a rapid ascent into a high altitude environment. Travelers are advised to rest and relax once they arrive in Lhasa in order to fully acclimatize. This will help ensure their Tibet travel experience goes smoothly.
•The train is climate controlled; however, it is always a good idea to bring any clothes or person items necessary to remain comfortable. This includes hygiene items and toiletries. Also, bring enjoyable calorie dense snacks; food available on the train might not be suitable for every traveler.
•Train tickets go on sale only two weeks before the departure date; this introduces a degree of risk in planning a tour of Tibet that includes a ride on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Due to the high volume of passengers, Tibet Ctrip, nor any other travel agency, can guarantee that tickets will be available. To minimize risk, it may be a good idea to plan on departing Tibet by train. In the high season, tourists may want to plan on taking the train to Xi’ning where they can fly to a variety of other cities in China.
Riding the Qinghai Tibet Railway is certain to be an experience that travelers are not soon to forget. Making reservations for train travel in China and Tibet is much different than many western countries so travelers must be flexible. Due to high passenger volume, tickets cannot always be guaranteed. Flexible travelers will find taking the train to be a wonderful experience that provides many opportunities to meet people from all over China and Tibet!
Devin Moore provided this new release above. Devin is a travel writer and independent economic analyst based in Springfield, Missouri USA. In partnership with local Tibet travel agency TCTS (tibetctrip.com), Devin Moore works to spread awareness of Tibet and its people through publishing Tibet travel information.