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How to get to tibet? The train to Tibet is reputed as the Rocket To The Roof by Forbes
(http://search.forbes.com/search/find?tab=searchtabgeneraldark&MT=tibet+train), while   the
world's highest railway, Qinghai-Tibet railway is an engineering miracle. Riding this world
wonder to travel to Tibet is an opportunity not to be missed for tourists to Tibet. I am pretty sure
that you will be shocked by the magnificent snow-capped mountains stretching hundreds of
kilometers, endless steppes, vast deserts, blue lakes and so on.

The Qinghai-Tibet railway connecting Xining and Lhasa 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. Nearly half of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway lies more than
4,000 meters above sea level and about 550 kilometers of this railway is laid on frozen earth. Its
highest point is as high as 5,072 meters. The highest station on the line is Tanggula Station (5068
meters above sea level) which is also the highest station in the world. In addition, the
Qinghai-Tibet railroad runs through the world's most elevated tunnel, Fenghuoshan Tunnel (4,905
meters above sea level) built on frozen earth and the world's longest plateau tunnel, Kunlun
Mountain Tunnel (1,686 meters long) built on frozen earth, too.

You can get a better understanding of this engineering miracle in the world by viewing the
following facts about 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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