Hardly do people know the place – Golmud, if you are not planning the overland trip to Tibet by train. Golmud is the second biggest city in Qinghai province en route Xining to Lhasa. Golmud, built for mining natural sources such as salt, magnesium etc, has nothing to offer except dry desert. Though less popular and small, Golmud is the nearest city where tourists tourists can take trains to Lhasa from inland China, with only 1,142 km and approximately 12 hours train journey. All trains bound for Lhasa via Golmud makes 20-minute stop here in the morning, then beginnings to climb up to Tibet Plateau from 2780m to the highest point 5200m. In other words, Golmud is the real start points of high altitude train journey.
Golmud to Lhasa Railway Map
All trains in the table make a stopover in Golmud and some trains highlighted in red are recommend as the best train that tourists can enjoy the longest daytime sightseeing.
To make sure the train you choose from Golmud to Lhasa is travelling almost during daytime, the sceneary is stunning from Gulmod. If you choose the wrong train you will miss a big part of the sightseeing. However the proper train sometimes is not easy to book in Summer, as the trains are always over booked from Shanghai, Guangzhou, and there is no enough vacancy for short distance Gulmod-Lhasa transfer.
Golmud Connects Silk Road and Tibet
Though Golmud is a very small and remote city in dry desert of north west China, it is a vital hub connecting Silk Road Travel with Tibet Travel. A 530km bus ride connects Dunhuang (famous of Mogao Cave) with Gulmod.There are buses running between these two cities everyday, starting 8am in Golmud and ending in Dunhuang 5pm. Price is around 20 USD.
How to get to Gulmud
By Plane: Golmud Airport operates flights to and from Xining and Xian.
By Train: Golmund station (Qinghai Huochezhan) is on Jiangyuan Road and has direct connections with the following major cities:
Beijing (34 hours), Chengdu, (28 hours), Chongqing (28 hours), Guangzhou (46 hours), Lanzhou (16-17 hours), Lhasa (14 hours), Shanghai (37 hours) and Xining (14-16 hours), Xi’an (20-22 hours)
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