Qinghai Tibet Railway
The "Sky Train", "Lhasa Express", "Rocket to the rooftop of the world", "World's highest railway"; regardless of what its called, This Tibet train is truly an engineering wonder.
Between Xining and Golmud the tracks pass by Qinghai Lake - China's largest. But it's the Golmud-to-Lhasa sector which offers the most breath-taking scenery. That segment also offers the record-breakers: the world's highest passenger railroad (at Tanggula Pass - elevation: 16,640 ft.; 5072m) and the world's highest railroad tunnel (Fenghuoshan - elevation: 16,093 ft.; 4905m). Over 80% of the journey is at altitudes above 13,000 feet; fully half the track on this sector was laid atop permafrost.
Much of the travel on the Tibet train involves crossing a massive plateau nicknamed "The Rooftop of the World." Special diesel engines capable of operating efficiently at 3-mile-high altitudes were designed; an internal garbage disposal system was employed to reduce pollution along the route.
The classes of the seats on the Tibet trains
Hard seat : This is the cheapest way to travel.There are 110 seats per coach.
Soft seat : This class is not often available.
Hard sleeper: This is a sleeping car, for both day and overnight travel. 6 beds per compartment and 66 beds per coach. The "compartments" are open to the passageway
Soft sleeper : 4 beds per compartment, with each compartment being separate
WORLD TOPS OF Qinghai Tibet Railway
1. World's highest railway. Some 960 kilometers of its tracks are located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters, at least 200 meters higher than the Peruvian railway in the Andes, which was formerly the world's most elevated track.
2.World's longest plateau railroad, extending 1,956 kilometers from Qinghai's provincial capital Views on the way Xining to Lhasa in Tibet. The newly completed Golmud-Lhasa section zigzags 1,142 kilometers across the Kunlun and Tanggula mountain ranges.
3.World's longest tracks in any of the plateau railways run on frozen earth, about 550 kilometers
4.World's highest railway station-Tanggula Railway Station, 5,068 meters above sea level
5.World's most elevated tunnel on frozen earth-Fenghuoshan Tunnel, 4,905 meters above sea level
6.World's longest plateau tunnel built on frozen earth-Kunlun Mountain Tunnel, running 1,686 meters
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