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August 04
2014 Changtang Horse-racing Cultural & Commercial Tourism Festival kicks off on August 10th and lasts for 4 days in Nagqu, according to the press conference of T.A.R. Government.

July 28
Tibet's total highway mileage will reach 110, 000 kilometers by 2020, of which 65% is national third-class highway and above.

July 25
Ngari Prefecture in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region plans to have a 2,500-square-km plateau formally recognized for its unobstructed view of the night sky.

July 21
Rural tourism now still plays an important role in the booming tourism in Tibet, it will provide more opportunities to increse incomes for local farmers and herdsmen.

July 16
Lhasa government has funded 77.8 million yuan to repair dorms for 168 temples, to further improve their infrastructure constructions.

July 04
The area of inland lakes in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau has expanded 26 percent in the past 20 years, according to new research results.

June 25
According to Lhasa business department of Sichuan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines will open Lhasa-Lijiang-Kunming new round-trip route from July 1.

June 11
According to Sport Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibet will hold the first session of mountain bicycle race in October. The race, with an altitude between 4300 and 5800 meters, is considered to be China's highest altitude bicycle race. It will kick off in Damxung County of Tibet.

May 30
The 8th Yellow Peony and Tibetan Medicine Cultural Tourism Festival opens in Mainling County in Nyingchi Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region on May 28, 2014, which will last until May 30.

May 23
China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the major source of the country's largest rivers, has seen its glaciers shrink rapidly over the past 30 years, a national research institute revealed yesterday.

May 18
According to the Communications Department of Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibet plans to invest 8 billion yuan RMB in rural highway construction in 2014.

May 16
Tourism authorities of the Tibet autonomous region are making efforts to attract more domestic tourists, especially those from rich coastal regions of China, with recent promotional campaigns.

May 10
As tourist season is approaching, Barkhor Mall, which is located in Beijing Road of Lhasa City, is trying to establish itself as a new night market.

May 08
With an area of more than 8000 square meters, Tibet Yak Museum, will be open in Lhasa on May 18. It is the only museum themed as yak and yak culture in China.

May 04
Visitors to Tibet's landmark Potala Palace will soon be able to purchase tickets online as the palace's administration gears up for the upcoming tourism peak season.

April 23
289-room Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the largest five-star hotel in Lhasa, was opened on Thursday.

April 16
The Xinguanjiao Tunnel, the world's longest plateau rail tunnel on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, was completed on Tuesday, local authorities said.

April 10
Tibet plans to apply three more pilot state-level wetland parks in 2014, China Tibet News reported.

April 06
The number of the tourists traveling to Tibet Autonomous Region increased by over 11 percent year on year in the first three month of this year, local authorities said on Sunday.

April 04
Two major universities in Tibet will open five more majors in 2014 granted by the Ministry of Education in Tibet, China Tibet News reported.

April 01
Four new air routes have been launched by the Tibet Airline since Mar.30, China News reported.

March 27
Many stores on the Barkhor Street are under renovation before the tourist season from May to October comes to Lhasa.

March 18
Over the past decade, China has spent over 4.6 bln yuan in compensating ecological public-warfare forests since Tibet has been incorporated into the scope of national key ecological public-warfare forests, according to information from Forestry Department of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

March 14
Chairman Lobsang Jamcan of the Tibet Autonomous Region's government said the region is trying to create a world-class travel destination and he expects more travelers from around the world to visit the core area of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.

March 12
A flight route between Tibet's Qamdo Prefecture and Chongqing Municipality in southwest China is scheduled to be launched by the end of March, amid prospects for stimulating local economy.

March 11
Construction is set to begin this year on a railway linking Lhasa and Nyingchi prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region with an estimated 30 billion yuan ($4.9 billion) investment, top Tibetan officials said on Wednesday in Beijing.

March 09
An extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway,the world's highest railway, will reach the residence of the Panchen Lama at Xigaze, Tibet, the contractors confirmed on Thursday. The Lhasa-Xigaze Railway, will open before October.

March 01
Tibet witnessed stable economic development last year, the region's statistics bureau said on Thursday. Tibet's GDP reached more than 80 billion yuan ($13 billion) in 2013, with an annual increase of 12.1 percent.

February 18
First tourism-dedicated railway line linking Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province to Tibet is going to be kicked off in the late of May, Lhasa Evening reported.

February 11
Lhasa of Tibet Autonomous Region has received over 190,000 person-times tourists during the 2014 Spring Festival, according to the local authority.

January 21
Statistics from Lhasa Customs House shows that Tibet's foreign trade volume hit around 3.319 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.

January 17
The Qinghai-Tibet railway carried 11.73 million passengers and 57.77 million tonnes of cargo in 2013, up 8.8 percent and 12.8 percent respectively year on year, said the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company on Thursday.

January 15
Source from the Education Department of Tibet Autonomous Region shows that Tibet invested 11 billion yuan in education in 2013, up 14.6 percent compared to that of 2012.

January 10
Tibet Autonomous Region has seen a declining trend in sandstorms and dusty days in past decades, said local meteorological authorities on Thursday.

January 07
Lhasa, capital city of Tibet, has received no complaint from tourists since the practice of the new Tourism Law on Oct.1, 2013, according to the Lhasa Tourism Bureau.

January 02
Tibet Autonomous Region has set a goal of receiving 15 mln tourists in the year 2014, according to an official statement of the Tibet Autonomous Region on Dec. 31, 2013, reported by chinanews.com.

January 01
The economy of Tibet is estimated to have grown 12.5 percent in 2013 to reach 80.2 billion yuan (13.2 billion U.S. economydollars), local authorities said Tuesday.

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Testimonial of Our Clients
Hi Ricky,

Tashidelek!

We are back in Shanghai from Tibet!

It has been an incredible journey, all went smooth and well. The local tour guide and driver were excellent, we felt very comfortable with them. The hotels were satisfactory, the activities were according to plan, even we visited farms and had lunch with the local farmers which is very very interesting. The train travel from Shanghai went very smooth although it was just before the Chinese New Year, all my worries were not necessary. The view along the way was breathtaking!

Thank you so much for your service, I chose your company because you answered my emails very promptly and your price is very reasonable. I had contacted two Shanghai travel companies but their replies were very slow and also they were more expensive. You are more professional and I congratulate you!

I would definitely recommend your company to my friends for travelling to Tibet. Hopefully we will go again sometime in the future because Tibet is just beautiful and there are still many corners to visit. Thank you again Ricky!

Best regards,

Emy Nissl

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Hi Ricky,

Sorry for the slow response commenting on the itinerary. Since I have been home I have been very busy, but things are slowing down a bit now.

Thank you for the tour that you put together for us! It was fantastic and all went very well. The guides were very knowledgable and friendly. We were always met on time and they accomodated our needs when things came up.

The train rides were great and the soft sleeper was definitely worth the extra money for a little bit of privacy. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride to Tibet. It's always interesting to go places when we don't speak the language, but we managed just fine.

The river cruise and the company chosen were great. It rained the whole time on the river, but that is just part of the experience. The staff was great and overall we really enjoyed it.

Thanks again for putting this together for us. I have had only positive comments about the tour you arranged for us and your continual communication in arranging it.

Thanks again and we will keep your name for future China travels.

Thank you,

Brent Murray

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Dear Fisher - just got back to Hawaii two days ago and was happy to receive this greeting from you. I hope you are doing well and that your holiday season is off to a good start!

I wanted to say again thank you for your wonderful assistance with my journey. Your arrangements worked out perfectly with no glitches at all. Andy was so nice and helpful in getting me to the train station in Beijing and I LOVED the Xin Ding Hotel in Lhasa - it was FABULOUS and exceeded all expectations! Every amenity, excellent service and a picture postcard view of the Potala Palace from my room - what a treat!

And I can't say enough good things about Nawag as my tour guide in Lhasa - what a beautiful person with a kind and compassionate soul - he was the greatest!

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Best wishes,
Jeff

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Welcome to Tibet!

In the past traveling to Tibet might be a remote dream. The poor accessibility and appalling high altitude made many people hesitate to step on this mysterious and enchanting land. Today tourists can not only choose to take flights or cars into and out of Tibet, but a new means - train available.

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Tibet News and Stories:

Lhasa-Shigatse Railway to be opened to traffic in 2014

According to the news released from Economic Working Conference of Tibet Autonomous Region, the Lhasa-Shigatse Railway has completed track-laying and will be opened to traffic this year, reported by People's Daily.

Tibet train feature service, Tibet Train Travel

The Lhasa-Shigatse Railway is the extension line of Qinghai-Tibet Railway which is the world's highest railway. Its construction was started in 2010 and the total length of the railway is 253km. It is planed that the railway starts from Lhasa in the east and ends up in Shigatse, by way of several stations including Tohlung Dechen, Chushur, Nyemo, Rinbung and Panam.

In 2013, Tibet has completed the construction of Metok highway, ending the history of China's last road that not accessible to roads. In addition, the high-level highway connecting Lhasa and Nyingchi has been under construction. And nine cities in Tibet are open to navigation and the air lines are increased to 48.

Source: China Tibet Online, Jan 2, 2014

China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway honored by FIDIC Centenary Awards

China's Qinghai-Tibet Railway was listed the world's major engineering projects of the century by International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) at the FIDIC Centenary Awards Gala Dinner, in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept.13, according to Haixi City News, a newspaper of Haixi City, northwest China's Qinghai Province.

Tibet train, China tibet railway, Tibet Train Travel

FIDIC, regarded as the global voice of consulting engineers, awards Trophies of Excellence for projects and individuals having made a significant contribution over the past 100 years.

Since its operation on July 1, 2006, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's highest plateau railway, has stood safety test of running across the all-year-round frozen earth area, which lacks in oxygen and boasts of fragile ecological condition, making it one of the high-profile projects of the world.

The railway has been awarded the National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology and other national patents. Its speed per hour remains stable at 100 km, breaking the world record.

Hand in hand with the Qinghai-Tibet Railway were world famous engineering projects such as the Hoover Dam of the U.S., the English Channel Tunnel of the U.K., and the Sydney Opera House of Australia.

Source: China Tibet Online, Oct 11, 2013

Seven years of Qinghai-Tibet Railway: boosting tourism & protecting environment

Visiting Lhasa by train has become a popular choice. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, known as the sky line, has been functioning for 7 seven years since July 1, 2006, when it was officially put into operation. The railway has not only benefited the local economy, but also protected the environment by virtue of the revenues it has yielded.

Green Project

The railway traverses three national-level nature reserves, namely the Hoh Xil, Sanjiangyuan and Changtang reserves.Environmental supervision of the railway started before its construction and continued after its first operation on July 1, 2006. On October 17th, 2012, the Ministry of Environmental Protection reviewed the world's highest rail system and announced the results to be "satisfying" after evaluation, according to the People's Daily.

Tibet Shoton Festival, Tibet train, train to tibet

According to the ministry, the wildlife paths, protection of vegetation, frozen earth, marsh and scenery, as well as anti-pollution measures have met expectations, and realized the harmony between the projects and the environment.

Economy Engine

Government data indicates that the region received 10.58 million tourists in 2012, a sharp surge compared with 1.8 million in 2006, according to Xinhua reports. Spanning 1,956 km including nearly 1,000 km at an altitude of over 4,000 meters, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the world's highest and longest railway on plateau.

The railway line has brought huge economic benefits to both Qinghai and Tibet.

In 2011, the railway line saw a record high of tourist number of 10 mln, in and out of the region, compared with 1.8mln in 2006, 2.7mln in 2007 and 6mln in 2010, according to Wang Songping, deputy chief of the regional tourism bureau.

Starting from scratch after the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet in 1959, Tibet's tourist industry began to sprout right after the reform and opening up policy issued in 1978 by Deng Xiaoping, the architect of this policy.

In 1980, Tibet's first government- run travel agency, China International Travel Service, was founded, according to Wang Songping, the current deputy director of the regional tourism bureau, whose first job was a tour guide in Lhasa in 1984.

Wang said that Tibet's tourism is much more vibrant compared with the previous years, in terms of government support from all levels, in all aspects and the diligence of the local government and common people.

"Over 100 hotels opened in Lhasa in 2007, one year after the operation of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway", according to two editors from the local tourism magazines.

Source:China Tibet Online

China to wrap up Tibet railway extension line

China will soon finish building an extension line of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to link Lhasa to Xigaze, the second largest city in southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region, chairman of the Tibet regional government Losang Jamcan said Friday.

"Hopefully, the Lhasa-Xigaze rail line will be completed at the end of this year or the beginning of 2014," Losang Jamcan said in a group discussion of the government work report at the parliament's annual session, which opened in Beijing Tuesday.

Firest train arrived in Lhasa Train Station, Tibet Train Travel

He said the completion of the project would facilitate the development of an ecological tourism zone that covers Lhasa, Xigaze and Nyingchi cities.

China began the construction of the 253-km line from Tibet's capital Lhasa to Xigaze in September 2010.

Stretching through five counties as well as over the 90-km long Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, the line is expected to bring rail line for the first time to the southwestern parts of Tibet, which now rely solely on roads for transport.

This is the first extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway that opened in July 2006.

The Lhasa-Xigaze railway, with a budget of 13.3 billion yuan (about 2.1 billion U.S. dollars), is capable of transporting 8.3 million tonnes of cargo every year, according to previous reports.

In building the new line, engineers have designed route detour around nature reserves and drinking water sources to better protect the fragile plateau environment.

Losang Jamcan said Tibet will continue to boost infrastructure construction to bring out the potential for tourism while protect the ecological environment in the region.

Tibet received 11 million domestic and overseas visitors last year, bringing in a total tourism revenue of 13.2 billion yuan (2.1 billion U.S. dollars), data from the regional government showed.

Xigaze, with a history of more than 600 years, is Tibet's second largest city and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama.

Xigaze City is the administrative center of the Tibetan prefecture of the same name, a 182,000 square km area that borders India, Nepal and Bhutan. It is also famous for Qomolangma (known as Mount Everest in the West), which rises up from within it.

Source: Xinhua

Qinghai-Tibet Railway reaches new high in transportation

According to Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company (QTR Company), the number of passengers in 2012 reached 10.76 million, increased by 160,000 compared to the data in 2011. In the meantime, 56.06 million tons of goods are transported by QTR, a year-on-year increase of 4.42 million.

Since the operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in July 2006, the accumulated number of passengers has reached 58.62 million, and the accumulated cargo weight has attained to 274 million tons.

It is planed that by the year of 2015 the operating mileage of QTR will reach 5,616 kilometers, and the annual volume of passengers will break though 14 million person.

The 1956-kilometer-long QTR starts from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province to Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. As the highest and longest railway in the whole world, it is renowned as the "sky road".

Source:China Tibet Online

Qinghai-Tibet Railway achieves zero garbage emission

The world's longest plateau railroad,China's Qinghai-Tibet Railway, has achieved zero garbage emissions since its start of operation on July 1, 2006.

"More than 180,000 tonnes of garbage was generated by its passengers in four years but all of it was classified and treated properly," said Li Li, a senior official with the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Corporation.

"TPotala Palace, Tibet Train Travelhree garbage disposal stations are located along the railway, namely in Xining City and Golmud City, both in northwest China's Qinghai Province and Tibet' s capital Lhasa. There are a total of 21 vacuum sewage suction trucks at the three stations that collect the garbage and sewage generated on the trains day and night," Li added.

Gao Zhantao from the Golmud garbage disposal station said, "We send the garbage and sewage to local parks to be utilised as fertilizer for flowers and trees."

Li said the railway company has been doing this to protect the plateau environment along the railroad.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway stretches 1,956 kilometers from Qinghai's provincial capital of Xining to Lhasa. The section of 814 km from Xining to Golmud began operation in 1984 and the construction on the Golmud-Lhasa section started on June 29, 2001.

(Source: Xinhua)

95% of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in good condition in 3 years

More than 95 percent of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway has been in good condition since it opened to traffic in July, 2006, according to China National Radio.

Furthermore, 98 percent of the 1,142-km section between Golmud in Qinghai Province and Tibet's capital of Lhasa has been in stable condition.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest in the whole world, traverses the places with the harshest conditions.

To protect the environment along the railway, electrical energy, solar energy and other clean energies have been used widely.

All the wastewater and garbage on the trains are disposed of in designated sites so as to meet the zero-pollutant discharge target along the railway.

Meanwhile, education in environmental protection has been carried out for the railway maintainers, who have been instructed not to disturb the migration of wild animals in their worktime.

No serious environment-damaging cases have ever been reported in the past three years.

Moreover, the operation of the railway has contributed a great deal to the development of Qinghai and Tibet. The railway transported 5.41 million passengers and 28.84 million tons of cargo in 2009.

Source: CNR, February 20, 2010

Qinghai-Tibet Railway not to be affected by global warming

A Qinghai-Tibet Plateau expert said on Tuesday that the Qinghai-Tibet Railway will not be affected by global warming in at least four decades.

Tibet train, China tibet railway, Tibet Train TravelYao Tandong, a researcher with the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Xinhua the highest railway in the world was built with designs to accommodate the impact of global warming.

The railway runs 1,956 km across the frozen tundra of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau from Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, to Xining, capital of the neighboring Qinghai Province.

About 960 kilometers of the track is 4,000 meters above sea level, with the highest point at 5,072 meters.

"According to the current pace of global warming, the plateau's temperature would rise 2.5 Celsius degree around 2050 from the end of 20th century," Yao said on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session.

He said the railway was built to allow a 2-3 Celsius degree temperature rise through measures including fixing ventilators under the railway and installing equipment producing cooling air to prevent thawing of tundra.

The highest and longest plateau railroad of the world goes through a 550-km tundra area, with frost soil less than 400 km including less-than-190 km "unstable tundra" and less-than-100 km high-temperature tundra area, studies show.

Tundra was the railway's "footstone" to ensure a stable roadbed, Yao said, adding the railway authority should step up monitoring and early-warning mechanism so as to handle possible geological hazards.

The 814-km section from Xining to Golmud, Qinghai, began operations in 1984. Construction on the Golmud-Lhasa section started on June 29, 2001.

The project is dubbed an "engineering marvel" because people used to think the perennial ice and slush along the route could never support tracks and trains.

It has been the first railway to connect Tibet with the rest of China.

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, where about 84 percent of the country's glaciers are located, has also seen an annual glacier retreat of 131.4 square kilometers, twice the size of Beijing's downtown area, in the past three decades.

Experts say a further 13,000 square kilometers of glaciers will disappear from the plateau by 2050 if no protective measures are taken. Global warming was the main cause of the glacier retreat.

(Xinhua News Agency March 10, 2009)

Qinghai-Tibet Railway sets record speed

Since opening to traffic in July 2006, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway has carried six mln passengers and five mln tons of cargo, setting the record highest speed of 100 km per hour in the permafrost region.

Tibet train, China tibet railway, Tibet Train TravelThe railway is 1,142 kilometers long, wiht 960 kilometers standing over 4,000 meters above sea level, and 550 kilometers running through the permafrost region. It has adopted a variety of advanced technology such as active cooling down measures, thus effectively reducing the damage to the permafrost region, according to Wang Zhengming, head of the No. 1 Railway Survey and Design Institute, which is in charge of the survey and design of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

With regard to the plateau health care technique, which is considered a hard nut to crack in the world, Qinghai-Tibet Railway managers have instituted a complete health care system for highland construction. The system has brought down the incidence of plateau lung edema and cerebral edema to below 0.59 percent and 0.31 percent, respectively, far below the 15.50 percent and 9.90 percent in other countries.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway has set many national and international records in terms of plateau environmental protection, such as 100 kilometers of passages for wild animals, alpine cold meadow and grassland restoration projects in earth-fetching areas over 4,000 meters above sea level, and treatment of low-temperature waste water from households in the condition of a low oxygen content.

Wang said that the success of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway established China's leading position in terms of railway design and construction in the permafrost region.

(Xinhua News Agency March 2, 2009)

Qinghai-Tibet Railway: environment-friendly "sky-high road"

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company has taken various measures to protect the environment along the Gela Section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway since its operation two years ago.

Li Li, a leading official of the company, said that to make restore vegetation along the railway a success, his company planted trees and grass. As a result, a 600-km-long green belt covering 4.5 million square meters has been completed.

View from train to Lhasa, Tibet Train Travel

To prevent air pollution, railway stations along the Gela Section have adopted pollution-free energy for heating, such as electricity and solar energy. For instance, the Lhasa Railway Station uses light diesel oil for fuel, with solar heating as auxiliary power.

Since the Qinghai-Tibet Railway started operation two years ago, every train running on the line has been equipped with sewage and garbage collectors. There are garbage-collecting vehicles at Golmud and Lhasa to mass-treat the refuse and garbage collected from the trains.

In addition, 15 wastewater treatment centers were set up along the Gela Section and are monitored every month to ensure that sewage is discharged according to required standards.

Source: Xinhua News

Qinghai-Tibet Railway wins special award

The project of Qinghai-Tibet Railway won the State Special Award for Scientific and Technological Progress, sources from the National Science Awarding Conference for 2008 which was held in Beijing on January 9.

The Golmud-Lhasa section of Qinghai-Tibet Railway stretches 1,142 kilometers and the highest altitude of the section reaches 5,072 meters. Three world-class difficulties including permafrost, alpine hypoxia and ecological fragility have been conquered, which is a miracle in the railway history.

Source: eng.tibet.cn, January 11, 2009

Qinghai-Tibet railway to get six new lines

Plans are afoot to add six more rail lines to the Qinghai-Tibet railway to boost the region's economy, a railway spokesman said yesterday at the Beijing International Media Center.

Included in the country's medium- and long-term railway network plan, the six lines are expected to be completed and put into operation before 2020, Wang Yongping, spokesman of the Ministry of Railways, said in Beijing. Detailed plans and cost of construction have yet to be finalized, he added.

Tibet train feature service, Tibet Train Travel

The six new tracks include one from Lhasa to Nyingchi and one from Lhasa to Xigaze, both in the Tibet autonomous region. Three tracks will originate from Golmud in Qinghai province and run to Chengdu in Sichuan province, Dunhuang in Gansu province, and Kuerle of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The sixth will link Xining, capital of Qinghai, with Zhangye in Gansu.

Construction on the Golmud-Dunhuang section is likely to begin first. The official said experts have already been dispatched to the region to work on the route design.

Work on the lines from Lhasa to Nyingchi and Xigaze is likely to begin before 2010, he said.

Earlier reports suggested the Lhasa-Xigaze railway would be extended to link it with neighboring countries, but Wang said the ministry has no such plans as of now.

The ministry is now working to enable trains to run at 200 kph on the Qinghai-Tibet railway's Xining-Golmud section in the near future, said Wang Zhongyu, deputy general manager of Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company, yesterday.

Work to make the Golmud-Lhasa section - 550 km of which is built across a frozen swathe - any faster is unlikely. "At 100 kph, it is already very fast, compared with those in Canada and Russia, which were also built in icy areas but run at 60 to 80 kph," he said.

"In two years of operation, our train service has not been suspended even once due to the ice," he added.

In the wake of the May 12 earthquake, which also shook the Tangula Mountains region through which the track passes, the railway has upgraded its contingency plans.

"In the event of an earthquake in the region, we will stop trains and send maintenance teams along the route to make sure everything is fine," he said.

In two years, the 1,956-km railway has moved 5.56 million passengers and 4.05 million tons of cargo, lowering prices of daily necessities and other consumer goods.

Source: en.tibet.cn

Tibet Yak photo, Tibet Train Travel

Tibet: A Land of Yaks and Yore

(CNN) -- The heavy aroma of yak butter candles mingles with the sweet smoke of burning juniper leaves billowing out of pot-bellied, stone sangkang (incense burners). Chanting Tibetans push and shove their way around the holy pilgrimage circuit of Lhasa's Barkhor Square. More >>

During National Day Holiday of 2006, trains from Shanghai and Guangzhou headed for Lhasa

China on Tuesday (October 3) put a new passenger train into service to Lhasa from Guangzhou, capital of southern China's Guangdong Province. The train ride takes 57 hours and 21 minutes to cover the 4,980-kilometer distance, which might be the longest rail journey in this country.

The express train left Guangzhou at 10:29 a.m. on Monday and is expected to arrive at Lhasa at 19:50 p.m. on Thursday.

From October 5, there will be one express train from Lhasa to Guangzhou every other day. The train will leave Lhasa at 08:32 a.m. and arrives in Guangzhou at 07:37 p.m. the third day. China opened the 4,373-km Shanghai-Lhasa passenger train service on Sunday (October 1), arriving at 19:50 p.m. on Oct. 3.

By Friday, the 1,956-km Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's highest railway, carried 380,500 passengers to Lhasa since entering service on July 1, said Sun Yongfu, director of construction for the plateau railway.

Let's ride the sky train into or out of Tibet!

On July 1, 2006, China's President Hu Jintao was at newly renovated Golmud Train Station cutting the red ribbon for the launch of the first train to Lhasa and declared another magnificent feat made by the Chinese people after completion of the Three Gorge Dam.

The first train coded as "Qing 1"gradually left the station at 11:05 am on Saturday and took its maiden trip across the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It finally arrived at Lhasa's brand-new Train Station at 00:31 on July 2, proclaiming the end of no train whistling on the roof of the world.

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