Journey To The West journal. Part of my journey from Chengdu, Sichuan in CHINA towards New Delhi in INDIA is this train ride. Its a T22 train travels from Chengdu in Sichuan province to Lhasa in Tibet/Xizang province. It took nearly 2 days to reach Lhasa.
We started our journey from Chengdu on November 26, 2011. Approximate around 9pm the train depart from the Chengdu Northern Train station... the train passing by Shaanxi, Qhinghai, Tibetan Plateau (Gobi Desert) before reaching Lhasa the train passing the Tanggula Pass, it took us up above 5000 meters above sea level. It was intriguing to know that we're actually traveling in a train passing elevation more than Kinabalu Mountain in Sabah, Malaysia... nice.
The landscape changes drastically, from rivers & mountains during train ascent towards Xining to barren land tibetan plateau when enter Qinghai province and Gobi Desert. From there we can see snow everywhere, animals such as horse, sheep, vultures... tibetan antelope and not forgetting tibetan mascot itself YAK.
We reaches Lhasa, Tibet/Xizang around 4pm on November 28, 2011. Surely this train journey going to be the most memorable train journey in my life.