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Old Oct 23, 12, 7:30 am   #1
 
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[PICTURES] China National Highway G219: Lhasa–Ngari–Kashgar overland



Itinerary
  • [Sep26 23:11–Sep27 06:30] Train K509, Tianjin–ShijiazhuangNorth, 425 km, hard sleeper middle berth
  • [Sep27 07:05–Sep27 09:37] Train 6031, ShijiazhuangNorth–Yanhui, 86 km, hard seat
  • [Sep27 10:04–Sep27 10:41] Train 6034, Yanhui–Niangziguan, 19 km, hard seat
  • [Sep27 17:13–Sep27 18:16] Train 6033, Niangziguan–Yangquan, 39 km, no seat
  • [Sep27 19:57–Sep28 05:37] Train T41, YangquanNorth–Xi'an, 888 km, hard seat from Yangquan North to Yan'an, hard sleeper upper berth from Yan'an to Xi'an
  • [Sep28 11:45–Sep28 21:00] Train G824, Xi'anNorth–ShenzhenNorth, 2221 km, second class seat; It was the opening day of the Xi'an to Shenzhen high-speed train service, 2000+ km in 9h15m include 11 intermediate stops.
  • [Sep29] Bus to Hong Kong
  • [Sep30 14:47–Sep30 16:42] Train T818, HungHom (Kowloon, HK)–GuangzhouEast, 173 km
  • [Oct01 16:14–Oct01 20:23] After a metro ride from Guangzhou to Foshan; Train T8349, Foshan–MaomingEast, 339 km, hard seat
  • [Oct01 23:09–Oct02 06:35] Train 2574, Maoming–Nanning, 438 km, soft sleeper upper berth
  • [Oct02 07:10–Oct02 10:21] Train K1205, Nanning–Baise, 234 km, hard seat
  • [Oct02 13:00–Oct02 16:48] Train K483, Baise–Xingyi, 250 km, hard seat
  • [Oct03 02:34–Oct03 06:11] Train K231, Xingyi–Qujing, 208 km, hard sleeper middle berth
  • [Oct03 07:40–Oct03 09:10] Train T9022, Qujing–Xuanwei, 101 km, hard seat
  • [Oct04 01:54–Oct04 04:49] Train K159, Xuanwei–Kunming, 258 km, hard sleeper lower berth
  • [Oct04 07:05–Oct04 08:00] China Eastern Airlines Flight MU5939, KMG–DIG
  • [Oct04 08:40–Oct04 10:50] China Eastern Airlines Flight MU5939, DIG–LXA
  • [Oct05] Lhasa
  • [Oct06] Lhasa–Shannan–Lhasa
  • [Oct07–Oct08] Lhasa
  • [Oct09–11] Lhasa–Gyangze–Saga–Mt. Kailash
  • [Oct12–Oct13] Mt. Kailash
  • [Oct14–17] Mt. Kailash–Zanda–Ngari–30 Li Yingfang–Kargilik
  • [Oct18 14:41–Oct18 19:23] Train 5828, Kargilik–Kashgar, 246 km, hard sleeper lower berth
  • [Oct19] Kashgar
  • [Oct20 16:45–Oct20 18:30] Shandong Airlines Flight SC4906, KHG–URC
  • [Oct21 15:05–Oct21 18:20] Hainan Airlines Flight HU7246, URC–PEK

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All that and the ride from Beijing to Tianjin was too much?

No, really, wow! Can't wait to read about it!!
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G219 “Xinjiang–Tibet Highway”, from Kargilik in Xinjiang to Lhatse in Tibet, is one of the highest major road in the world. The highway is 2143 kilometers long, completed in 1957. It is now under serious renovation. Pavement work has been completed but in a short section between Xinjiang–Tibet border to Ritog. The project is set to complete next summer.

See also:
• Wikipedia: China National Highway 219



GPS recorded elevation-distance profile from Lhatse to Kargilik.


A brief video by an earlier cyclist from Kashgar to Lhasa:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg_jDvcadaw

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Lhasa arrival on 2012-10-04 by MU5939, for details, see earlier post: KMG-DIG-LXA


“The altitude of Lhasa city is 3646.31m”


Jokhang Monastery


Lhasa city

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Lhasa departure on 2012-10-09 at 16:20


Qinghai–Tibet & Sichuan–Tibet Highway Monument














Liuwu Bridge across Lhasa River









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Day 1 (2012-10-09): Lhasa to Gyangze


Lhasa Airport Expressway








Liuwu Tunnel








Bridge carrying future Lhasa–Shigatse Railway (u/c)

















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China National Highway 318 (Shanghai to Zhangmu on the Nepal border), here 4685 km away from Shanghai







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Quxu County








Quxu Yarlung Tsangpo River Bridge
















Tibet Provincial Highway 307, on the south bank of Yarlung Tsangpo River

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Kamba-la Pass, 4794 meters above sea level








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Nagarze County








Gyangze Yutuo Hotel




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Nice pictures. Well done.
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