Traveling by train in China is one of the cheapest ways to travel some of the long distances in China and is increasingly popular among foreign travelers. It is important to have a basic idea of what trains in China are like if you decide to travel by train in China. English is generally not spoken by any of the staff on the trains or in the railway stations.
Riding aTibet trainto Lhasa has become a rather good choice of travelling to Tibet with the completion of the world's highest railway, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway which is also the only railway to Lhasaat present. Taking a train to Tibet is even the top choice for many foreign tourists to Tibet for a Tibet train tour is really so impressive both because of the breathtaking scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and the railway itself, the blue sky and white clouds, the grasslands with flocks and herds, snow-covered mountains, source of Yangtze River, Hohxil Natural Reserve, etc. Of course, enjoying the high-quality services on the best train in China is also a wonderful experience of travelling to Tibet by train . The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, as the only railway that linksLhasa railwaystation to the existing rail network of mainland China, is always busy throughout the year. On one hand, the scenery along the railway deserves our time. On the other hand, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway itself is a man-made world wonder. The Tibet Railway creates many world’s firsts: the world’s highest railway, the world’s highest railway station, the world’s longest track on frozen earth, etc. Besides, it is also relatively cheap and convenient to take a train to Lhasa from other inland cities of China. At present, there are direct trains to Tibet from Xining, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing and Lanzhou. Many trains to Tibet beginning from other cities will pass by Xining, Xian, Lanzhou or Golmud. Therefore, not surprisingly, Qinghai-Tibet Railway is so attractive for both domestic and foreign tourists to Tibet. The popularity ofTibet train tourresults in a huge demand for Tibet train tickets among tourists. It is very hard for individual travelers to obtain a train ticket to Tibet in the peak season of Tibet tourism. Tibet Odyssey Tours has a big annual book from the train ticket office and can help travelers book Tibet train ticketseasier. Still, it is quite difficult to guarantee the first-class soft sleeper berth ticket from Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. As Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu are usually the first stop of many foreigners to China and also popular gateway city to Tibet, it might be difficult to get a Tibet train ticket at these cities. Tourists to Tibet can fly to Xining to take a train to Lhasa.