Wednesday, 19th September 2018,
Our 1PM train has been cancelled due to military reason. So all of us ended up at 6PM train. This was inconvenience because we couldn’t enjoy the scenery while we were on the 5000+ km above sea levels. (￣□￣」)
And since they delayed our train schedule, this morning the local tour brought us to Yak Museum.
After the museum, we slowly had our late lunch, shopped at a supermarket, then we headed down to Lhasa train station to buy our ticket to Xining.
Xining (Chinese: 西宁 Xīníng [ɕí.nǐŋ]; Standard Tibetan: ཟི་ལིང་། Ziling) is the capital of Qinghai province in western China, and the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau. Xining is located on the eastern edge of the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau and the upper reaches of the Huangshui River. It is the political, economic, and cultural center of Qinghai Province with an average altitude of about 2,200 metres (7,200 ft). Human activity in the region can be traced to 2,100 years ago. During the Western and Eastern Han dynasties, owing to its developing agriculture, Xining was paid noticed due to its economic and military significance. As well as being an important hinge between the Central Plains and the western part of China in ancient times, Xining was an important link in the Silk Road. It continues to be an important rail and road link to the hinterlands of the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau.[source: wikipedia]
A bit unlucky in the beginning, my bed was in the cabin full of strangers. I didn’t know any of them, and I didn’t want to go inside. So I called Annie to help me. And as helpful as she was, she managed to move my tickets to be in the same room as hers. I knew it, I always the lucky duck! So my cabin-mates were: Annie, Ling and Steph. All was good until the night came…
Some selfish human beings were smoking in the corridor and the smoke was came through our cabin. I was suffocated trying to gasp some air. Up to here, I really really wanted to go back Singapore and enjoy the clean air! I had no choice but tried to go back to sleep with my mask on. (ᗒᗣᗕ)՞
So, did I enjoy the sleeper train?
Annie said, this sleeper train was slightly bigger compare to Egyptian’s sleeper train (for individual cabin). As for me, I found the cabin was too small and too cramped for 4 people. I really need my personal space. But I still can endure for just a one day journey. (￣ ￣|||)
My train’s number was started with “Z”, this means smoking is allowed, but not in our carriage. It was very bad to sacrifice my own health for a stranger’s selfishness. But I had no other choice. Lights were went off around 10PM, everyone was in their bed, trying hard to catch some sleep. (눈_눈)
After this Lhasa-Xining train, I literally had to think ten times before I decided to take Trans-Syberian. Everything was just nice on the train, no luxury, enough food, enough drinks, but we had to endure not to taking a shower. There were only 2 shared toilets for 40 people (1 carriage), and no one clean up the toilets. And again–sorry I had to mention–I don’t think I would survive living few weeks in a moving train where smoking allowed. ☆ｏ(＞＜；)○
inside the train was warm, and they provide us with slippers.
upper bunks (left-right): Kim, me, Steph, Jan… lower bunks (left-right): L-Tin, ML, P-Ling, Dan, Sandy, Leng
manicuring myself on the train because I can!
resto always packed during meal time
our dinner, and our next day’s lunch. no fancy food.
Our train was expected to reach Xining on the next day, around 2:45PM. This means we still have time to visit another big lake in Qinghai. At this point, I literally wanted to pass this “visit to another famous lake” to someone else. I had enough with motion sickness just to see over-crowded lake which I found it difficult to find a good angles. But what can I say! ┐(￣ヘ￣)┌
Our journey still had to be continued, and if everyone wanted to go to the lake, then lake it is! σ(￣、￣〃)