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The Chengdu to Lhasa train all the way crosses 5 provinces; they are Sichuan, Shanxi, Gansu, Qinghai and Tibet, which almost covers one third of the whole Chinese territory. Through the whole ride, there are only 7 big city stops before arriving at Lhasa train station. They are Guangyuan, Baoji, Lanzhou, Xining, Gelmud, Delingha and Naqu.

 

All the way from Chengdu to Lhasa, the train ride covers different landforms in great diversity. From Chengdu to Guangyuan city, the first stop, the train will ride across the famous and affluent Chengdu Plains. Then from Guangyuan to Baoji, the second largest city in Shanxi province, just next to Xi'an city, the train will first cross Tsinling Mountains which is abundant in natural flora and fauna, the famous wild giant panda has its habitat here. Tsinling Mountains is also the dividing line of the southern and northern part of China; it is reputed as China's Central National Park. After arriving in Baoji city, , the train turns west along the Ancient Silk Road, this part of land is barren but rich in stories of ancient culture and civilization. The Qinghai-Tibet railway experience then starts when the train arrives in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai province, which is regarded as the starting point of Qinghai—Tibet railway.

 

Picturesque vistas open up after Xining. Against the sharp blue sky, snowy summits and rippling mountain ranges are embellished by turquoise plateau rivers and lakes, glimmering miraculously in the sunlight. The snowy summits and gracious clouds afar seem just at eye level. On this vast grassland, herds of yaks and sheep with nomadic tents dotted peacefully on the real roof of the world, with the average altitude is above 4000 meters. Now and then, you can see rare animals too, like Tibetan antelope, wild ass.