Life on the Train (Chongqing-Lhasa, 46 hours)

It was a long ride, indeed- 46 hours on the train to get from Chongqing North train station (China) to Lhasa train station (Tibet). I did long distance train rides before (16-24 hours) but never two day ride. Of course, I could have taken a plane (roughly 2 hours) but I wanted to enjoy the marvelous view of Tibetan scenery, mostly the mountains and lakes, from train’s window. It was definitely worth it and the photos I’ve taken on the train are in my gallery.

IMG 5900

The price was not much higher than the plane though as I paid nearly RMB800 for hard sleepers and the flight cost is roughly RMB1.200. Some people take the train due to their health problems as well. You can quickly feel dizzy and giddy, have breathe problems or even pass out. The feeling you get from the sudden lack of oxygen at 4,000 meters is a little like being drunk or sick. I didn’t feel this way at all but I have a massive headache instead and my ears were hurting me a lot, like my head and ears were about to explode. I also had a bad cold so it might be the reason of me feeling an extra pain.

Before getting to Lhasa, we had to get to Chongqing from Xiushan which took us 6 hours.

That’s me at Xiushan train station waiting for our Chongqing train at 9am.

IMG 5784 001

Having some food on the train – yogurt with a bun :).

IMG 5788 001

Finally in Chongqing! We had a couple of hours before our Lhasa train departured  so we did some extra food shopping.

IMG 5808 001

I nearly forgot to print the travel permit documents off so we found an internet cafe where I asked the guy to do it for me.

See also  Tibetan Monks Debating

IMG 5805 001

 Me and Cez bought a lot of food, mainly snickers bars and Chinese instant soups :) :) , lots of water and fruits. We were train ready and at nearly 21.00 we got in the train.

IMG 5823 001

                                                                                                                         (Our platform)

IMG 5829

                                                                                               (Ticket check at Chongqing train station)

The train was very clean and quiet. The Chinese we travelled with were much more civilized and well-behaved. The train staff were friendly and helpful which does not happen often in China.

IMG 6392 001

There was an extra oxygen supply at each seat and bed.

IMG 5924

The bathroom was super small and I barely managed to clean my face.

IMG 5847

Ready to sleep :) My bed was the upper one.

IMG 5838

 

The time on the train went pretty fast as I was mostly sleeping and taking photos admiring the beautiful Tibetan scenery. For some reason I was tired all the time and ate much more than I usually do.

I was taking lots of pictures between my meals and naps ;).

See also  Around Chongqing

IMG 6025 001

Admiring the beautiful Tibetan scenery through the window.

IMG 5963

Even when it was freezing cold.

IMG 6251

Styling my hair even if I knew I was not leaving the train so soon :).

Ja

We met a nice Chinese couple named Cheryl and Evan and we had a great time together, mainly eating, making some comments on the view we saw through the train window and talking about life in China.

IMG 6366

Evan seemed to be a professional photographer with a great quality digital camera so we took an advantage of him to learn a few tricks to make our photos more effective. They were heading to Lhasa for 20-day mountain hiking so after we got off the train we splitted out.

IMG 6112

Thank God China allows us to use QQ so we can stay in touch with these awesome people!

IMG 6451 001

 The best feeling was when we finally left the train and stepped on Tibetan land :)

IMG 6631

WELCOME TO LHASA!

Share

Search
Close this search box.

We want you to know! Some links on this page may be affiliate links. We may earn a small commission from what you buy. 
It will never cost you extra, or make us bias, but helps us run this blog and occasionally get a good cup of coffee. 
As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Picture of Agness Walewinder
Agness Walewinder
Travel freak, vagabond, photography passionate, blogger, life enthusiast, backpacker, adventure hunter and endless energy couchsurfer living by the rule "Pack lite, travel far and live long!"
Do you want to contribute?
Publish your guest post on Etramping!

3 thoughts on “Life on the Train (Chongqing-Lhasa, 46 hours)”

    1. Avatar of Cez

      Hey Christine,

      Thanks for the comment. Actually, we had a “tour”, I mean we had to be accompanied by a guide and we booked through agency, but it was a great guy and helped us a lot.

      We are going to publish few articles about Tibet in 2 weeks time (as soon as we leave China). We’ll include much more info there.

      You have a great and entertaining blog. I like your style. Keep us updated!

      Enjoy your travels,
      Cez

  1. Avatar of Jonny Blair

    Brilliant post guys – some of your early posts on here are so so good and this is an example of a real life backpacking journey. I haven’t been to Tibet yet, one day… safe travels. Jonny

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *