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Oct 9, 2011 - Xining, Qinghai Province

Our train arrived at Xining at about 7.20am, and I was awake for quite a long time before that. This train travel leads to early mornings, and not such good sleeps, but I guess we will all survive it. Anyway, off the train, and we went looking for somewhere to sit, while we wait for time to go. It was quite a way into the city centre, and we did not really feel up to facing the journey there, and then back, in a totally unknown environment. And we needed to hang around the train station anyway, because our tickets for this afternoon's...

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Nov 3, 2007 - Golmud (2800 moh)

Siden Tashkent i Usbekistan har vi nesten bare hatt Tibet i tankene, og mer eller mindre reist direkte ditover med Jeep, lastebil, buss, taxi og tog. Naa sist med en 8 timers busstur gjennom et surrealistisk landskap med utsikt til oerken og isbreer samtidig!! Paa 2800 meter over havet er vi naa paa det som kan kalles det tibetanske plataa, men som ligger rett utenfor Tibets landegrenser. Eneste grunn til aa stoppe her er for aa ta toget til Lhasa (hovedstaden i Tibet) neste morgen. Vi haaper i tillegg at en overnatting paa 2800 moh vil...

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Mar 18, 2007 - Xining

Just a quickie to tell you where i am and what i've been up to... I'm in Xining (pronounced chi-ning), and have just landed in town after 4 days out at lake Kokonor, staying with a Norweigen named Carl, or Karlsan in Tibetan. I met Carl on my train trip into China last month, and he invited me to visit. I never thought i would make it all the way up here, but there you go... He runs and teaches in 2 schools for nomadic tibetan children, which he has built in the village of Jiayi, close to the lake. Jiayi is about 130 km west of Xining, and...

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Perrin's Big Trip

Mar 16, 2007 - Jaiyi

On Thursday we left Xi'an on an 18 hour train ride to Xining. The train was old and felt like we were in a mobile chinese village, with noodles being slurped,children playing and people chatting and milling about all around us. The landscape we passed through was grey and poor, lots of mountains with villages settled between them. We arrived at 6 am on Thursday to a cold and snowy Xining. We got a cab to a youth hostel that we had an address for, it took the driver a few phone calls and u-turns to find it, but we got there in the end! The...

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Perrin's Big Trip

Sep 13, 2005 - + 14 de tren... hasta Xining!

Hartos de China. Asi estamos. De sus ciudades sin gracia. De sus gentes maleducadas. De su soseria general. De la cultura que no encontramos. De... de muchas cosas. Asi que hemos decidido aparcar la ruta de la seda. Si, se acabo el seguir ese trayecto (dejare el titulo de la web por cuestiones afectivas) Asi que hemos decidido irnos para abajo, para el sur, que supone que nos vamos directitos a Tibet a ver si nos hartamos de ver templos budistas, buen rollo y gente mas cercana y afable. La puerta de entrada a nuestro paraiso: Xining....

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Jul 14, 2005 - My name is Luo Jia Qi

The train journey flew by. One of the highlights was my Chinese lesson. Late in the morning, Dan began to talk again to some new friends he met last night, and they called Sal and me over to join them. There were four of them, all probably around age 20, headed home to the Qinghai Provence. One girl, Xiao, is an English major, and became my new friend and Chinese tutor. I got out my "Teach Yourself Chinese" book, and for at least the next hour she quizzed me on vocabulary I was learning and helped me learn a new list. She would make up...

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Apr 30, 2005 - Golmud

Golmud is indeed the back of beyond. All of the unrefurbished unairconditioned trains are shunted out to this part of the rail network. It's (only!) a 13 hour overnight trip and the Communists have at least made the trains run on time, but there is no running water and no dining car. An attendant wakes me in the middle of the night to tell me to stop dangling my feet off the end of the bunk. On arrival, and after a taxi ride where the driver shouts at me for asking him to use his meter, I check into the best value room so far. I mistakenly...

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Apr 29, 2005 - Xining

Well, what do you know? A successful day of travel at last. The bus from Tongren to Xining was easy to arrange and took a reasonably pleasant four hours, although the scenery was progressively and predictably less interesting as we approached the city. The Tibetans have an acute tendency toward motion sickness: they are spewing out of the windows, into bags, or into the bus stairwell within minutes of departure. The Chinese just chainsmoke, preferably with the windows all closed, and tap their ash into the window casing so that, when you...

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