Qinghai-Tibet Railway is a monument of human construction rather than a railway. This railway  starting from Xining, northwest China's Qinghai Province, at an altitude of 2,000 meters, extends 1960 km on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and creates a number of world wonders. Its highest point is over 5,000 meters, so it is also known as the "sky-railway" to Tibet.

 Qinghai-Tibet Railway
 
For tourists, riding a train to Tibet is an opportunity not to be missed. Otherwise, they will miss the stunning scenery along the railway. Travellers can not help to shoot the magnificent snow-capped mountains stretching hundreds of kilometers, endless steppes, vast deserts, blue lakes and so on.
 
Here we have collected a good stack of information on the Qinghai-Tibet railway in order to let you know more about the great world wonder.
 
 
Qinghai-Tibet Railway Map
 
Here is a map of the Qinghai Tibet Railway marking the stations from Golmud to Lhasa along the Qinghai Tibet Railway. 
 
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the 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.
 
  • The railway is the world's longest plateau railroad, extending 1,956 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. The newly completed Golmud-Lhasa section zigzags 1,142 kilometers across the Kunlun and Tanggula mountain ranges.
 
  • About 550 kilometers of the tracks run on frozen earth, the longest in any of the world's plateau railways.
 
  • Tanggula Railway Station, 5,068 meters above sea level, is the highest railway station in the world.
 
  • Fenghuoshan Tunnel, 4,905 meters above sea level, is the world's most elevated tunnel on frozen earth.
 
  • Kunlun Mountain Tunnel, running 1,686 meters, is the world's longest plateau tunnel built on frozen earth.
 
  • Upon its completion, the maximum train speed is designed to reach 100 km/h in the frozen earth areas and 120 km/h on non-frozen earth.
 
  • Construction of the Golmud-Lhasa section of the landmark railway commenced on June 29, 2001 and test runs were on July 1, 2006.
 
  • 1,686 meters: Kunlun Mountain Tunnel, running 1,686 meters, is the world's longest plateau tunnel built on frozen earth.
 
  • 4,905 meters: Fenghuoshan Tunnel, 4,905 meters above sea level, is the world's most elevated tunnel on frozen earth.
 
  • 45 stations: Altogether there are 45 stations along the rail line. Tanggula Railway Station, 5,068 meters above sea level, is the highest railway station in the world.
 
  • 120 kilometers per hour: Upon its completion, the maximum train speed is designed to reach 100 km per hour in the frozen earth areas and 120 km per hour on non-frozen earth.
 
  • 1,956 kilometers: The railway is the world's longest plateau railroad, extending 1,956 kilometers from Qinghai's provincial capital Xining to Lhasa in Tibet.
 
  • 5,072 meters: Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the world's highest railway. Part of its tracks are located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters. 
 
  • 550 kilometers:About 550 kilometers of the tracks run on frozen earth, the longest in any of the world's plateau railways.

 

 

 

 

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