The train from Guangzhou to Lhasa also made its debut in July, 2006. The train to Lhasa from Guangzhou departs every other day at noon from Guangzhou Train Station, and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station in the late afternoon on the third day after over 54 hours covering a distance of 4980 kilometers. Its operational speed is also 120 km/h. It costs around RMB1500 for a first-class sleeper berth, about RMB900 for a second-class sleeper berth and half that for a soft seat.
Train Built for High Altitude
Like each Lhasa-bound train, the train to Lhasa from Guangzhou is also especially built for the high altitude environment and equipped with advanced facilities, including air-conditioning, supercharging system, oxygen supply, altitude display, etc. The train is also tightly sealed so as to firstly keep the inside air pressure normal and secondly prevent passengers from littering. Besides, all the carriages are installed with double-paned windows and ultraviolet filters to protect passengers from ultraviolet radiation. Nowadays, taking Tibet train to Lhasa is extremely popular for the breathtakingly unique scenery along the railway from Guangzhou to Tibet, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in particular.
*** Guangzhou to Lhasa Train journey is the longest one among several train lines from inland China to Tibet, it takes at least more 12 hours longer than others. Most travelers can not bare such a long journey and choose fly to Xining (the starting place of Qinghai Tibet Railway, where is only 24 hours train ride to Lhasa), then transfer Xining to Lhasa train to enter Tibet.
*** It is the longest distance that makes less popupar than other trains to Tibet, and comparatively it is eaiser to book the tickets.
*** It would be a great choice for a handful tourists who love taking the long train journey becasuse is railway route allows them to enjoy the varied landcscape from southern to north China, as well as a span from the most modern and deloved regions to the most barren lands.