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Silkroad D7: Lanzhou Transit to Lhasa on Qinghai-Tibet Railway!

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New Year Day in Lanzhou Train Station
My first day of 2009 was spent again in Lanzhou. Frankly speaking, I haven't found the beauty of Lanzhou. It gives me as a dull city. Spitting has gone to a whole new disgusting level (the worst encounter i ever seen for my 4 years in China). People everywhere were spitting like no business, from eateries,in the buses, walking on the streets and even crossing the pedestrains. Oh no... it was definitely unwelcoming for me.

Lanzhou Beef Noodle was a bit different but not distinguishingly remarkable compared to the similar Lanzhou beef noodles i had elsewhere. So nothing spectacular. What i did for the day was to check in few hours in the hotel and bathe myself in the hostel (finally), and get myself a inner pant layer for better thermal protection.

The day greatest gift was, the  marvelous dream came true for  my maiden Qinghai-Tibet Express train journey later in the afternoon at 3:20pm!

Qinghai-Tibet Express Train, in short 青藏铁路 is the world highest railway ever built. I still remembered back in 2005 when I first landed myself in Shanghai, it was all over the news on the inaugural ceremony of the opening of the railway express track. Wow, time flies. It is one of human greatest feat to be able to cut through the most tortuous mountainous and high altitude regions.
Yippee, T27 train to Lhasa
It wll nonetheless speed up Tibet development over the years to come.

I finally splurged myself again in luxury by awarding myself a lower berth,soft bed ticket for my journey to Lhasa. I have to express my thanks to the young chap who works in Lanzhou youth hostel for getting the ticket in advance for me while I was travelling in Dunhuang.

Furthermore, my Tibet entry permit was not out then, which will render any of my early attempt to buy futile. He was so worried that I will not return to get the ticket as he had topped up additional 300rmb for my soft bed ticket. Blame myself for too trusting the web train price too much. I thought it was 657rmb but it turned out the ticket price is 850rmb afterall. I gave the chap the remaining 50rmb as tips for buying for me. It did save me a lot of worry for buying in advance.

The most memorable of all, was that I got to enjoy the entire 4-people compartment all by myself. So much for the luxury on a soft-bed train ride, I got myself an entire compartment too. It was money so well-spent I thought =_)

The entire train ride requires 28hours, and it will stop by few stations before finally reaching Lhasa as its final destination!

1
兰州
 Lanzhou
Day 1-15:06 15:21 0 km







2
西宁
 Xining
Day 1-18:14 18:29 216 km







3
格尔木
 Golmud
Day 2-05:23 05:43 1046 km







4
那曲
 Naqu
Day 2-16:07 16:13 1866 km







5
拉萨
Lhasa
Day 2-20:00 - 2188 km









The first day of ride had been very relaxing.
The interior of my softbed compartment.
A pity the day ended early. By around 6+pm, the sky had went dark and most of the beautiful scenaries around Qinghai fleeted through the dark night as the train rode past...



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New Year Day in Lanzhou Train Stat…
New Year Day in Lanzhou Train Sta…
Yippee, T27 train to Lhasa
Yippee, T27 train to Lhasa
The interior of my softbed compart…
The interior of my softbed compar…
My short break at the hostel
My short break at the hostel
Hostel map of interest
Hostel map of interest
Lanzhous Yiwu Malls
Lanzhou's Yiwu Malls
The famous lake in Lanzhou
The famous lake in Lanzhou
Mosque minaret?
Mosque minaret?
Lanzhou Train Station
Lanzhou Train Station
Finally waiting for T27 - to Lhasa
Finally waiting for T27 - to Lhasa
Interior of the soft bed compartme…
Interior of the soft bed compartm…
I like the sign,esp with the Tibet…
I like the sign,esp with the Tibe…
I was the only passenger in the co…
I was the only passenger in the c…
My food which will last through my…
My food which will last through m…
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