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The train from Lhasa to Xining is an 22 hour train ride through scenic Tibetan landscapes, passing shimmering lakes, rolling snow-capped mountains and wide-open plains into China's Qinghai region. This is the most spectacular half of the full 40 hour cross-country journey to Beijing. Though far from luxurious, staying in a soft sleeper affords a comfortable vantage point from which to survey the scenery and relax. Food is served on an on-board restaurant
The train departs Lhasa at around 9am and arrives early the next morning in the city of Xining, with the largest inland lake in China a scenic 80 mile drive away. Qinghai Lake is a meeting point of Tibetan, Mongolian and Muslim cultures and provides a home to many lesser-known migratory birds, particularly on Bird Island. It is especially beautiful in the summer when it is surrounded by verdant grassland. From Xining it is then a short onward flight to Beijing.
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Venture into Tibet to admire historic monasteries, lavish palaces and breathtaking landscapes and discover how this mysterious and holy land is adapting to life in modern China.
Beijing & Great Wall - Xi'an & Terracotta Army - Lhasa - Tibetan Heartland - (optional Everest extension) - Scenic train to Xining - Qinghai Lake - Beijing
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