Entering Qinghai, but STILL on the Tibetan Plateau
Trip Start Jul 26, 2006
109Trip End Apr 01, 2008
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The Chinese government spent six years building this railway to connect Golmud to Lhasa, formerly only traversable by bus. 1100 kilometers of track and >$3 billion later, they succeeded, against all odds. In consultation with numerous foreign governments, including some of the best rail and tunnel builders in the world, they were basically told that their plan would never work. Who knows whether they'll be able to maintain it in the long run, but for now it's been a helluva ride...