Nagqu Railway Station

Nagqu, a prefecture-level city of Tibet Autonomous Region, is located in the north of Tibet and in the hinterland of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is the headwaters of the Yangtze, Nu, Lhasa and Yigong Zangbo Rivers.

  • Name in Chinese: 那曲站
  • Address in Chinese: 那曲市色尼区门地乡俄玛迪格村
  • Station Size: 2 platforms, 5 lines
  • E-ticket Service: yes
  • Station Telephone: 0896-12306

Station directly under China Railway Qinghai-Tibet Group Co., LTD., which passes through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Nagqu Station was first built in 2001. In May 2006, construction of supporting works was carried out. In July 2006, it was put into operation with the opening of Gla(格拉) section of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Actually, It is the highest passenger railway station in the world.

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Layout of Nagqu Railway Station


As of June 2006, the main building of Nagqu Station has 3 floors, with a total construction area of 7412 square meters, of which the comprehensive building covers 2540 square meters. The platform of Nagqu station is provided with 2 rows of awnings; Nagqu station waiting room can accommodate 200 to 300 passengers. In the design of Nagqu Station, the unique elements of Tibetan architecture such as cornice, inclined wall, column type, door and window edging, draperies, etc. are abstracted and deformed, which not only show the Tibetan style but also be different from other stations, full of contemporary and modern sense.

Trains from Nagqu to Xining and Lhasa

1. Nagqu to Lhasa: There are 4 normal-speed trains in service from Nagqu to Lhasa Railway Station. The journey takes about 5 hours and costs 50.5 yuan for a hard seat ticket.

2. Nagqu to Xining: There are 3 normal-speed trains from Nagqu to Xining Railway Station. The journey takes about 17 hours and costs 410 yuan for a hard sleeper ticket.

Nagqu Food


Nagqu cuisine is influenced by the geographical environment of the Plateau, and the cuisine in Nagqu is the typical Tibetan style.Tibetan diet is based on animal products, cattle, sheep, pork for meat, ghee, cheese, vegetables and so on. Usually the main drink tea, fresh milk, yogurt, etc. Tibetan and Qiang pasta, staple food habits have been similar to the mainland.
Tibetan food is one of the genres of Chinese catering series, with a long history and rich varieties. Tibetan food is divided into staple food, dishes and soups. The taste of Tibetan food is light and mild. Many dishes do not use spicy seasonings except salt and onion and garlic.

Zanba is an important Tibetan food. It is very simple to make Zanba, which is made of highland barley fried and ground into flour. The most common way to eat it is to mix tea juice, butter with Zanba and milk residue in a small bowl and knead it into small balls. Air dried meat is a very distinctive food in TIBET. In early winter, beef and mutton are cut into small strips, hung in a cool and ventilated place, frozen and gradually dried naturally. When eaten in February or March of the next year, the meat is not only crisp, but also unique in taste.

Nagqu Terrain and Climate

The average elevation of Nagqu city is about 4450 meters above sea level. The northern part of Nagqu city is the Tanggula Mountain region, a typical plateau mountain terrain, irregular oval. The eastern part of Nagqu city is a plateau mountain, the terrain is inclined from northwest to southeast, the altitude gradually decreased. The southern part of Nagqu city is the intersection of the northern Tibetan Plateau and the eastern Tibetan high mountains and valleys.

Nagqu city belongs to the sub-cold zone climate zone, with high altitude, high altitude, insufficient heat, cold and dry climate, and oxygen content is only half of the sea level. The annual average temperature is -0.9℃ to -3.3℃, the annual relative humidity is 48-51%, the annual average rainfall is only 100-200 mm, the annual sunshine duration is 2852.6-2881.7 hours, and the annual climate is dry and cold without absolute frost-free period.


Tourist Attractions in Nagqu


TangGuLa Mountains Pass

Tanggula Pass marks the boundary between Qinghai and Tibet and is the highest point of the Qinghai-Tibet Highway. Due to wind and snow all year round, known as "snow warehouse". Mountain pass built monuments and markers, along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway into Tibet, and is the birthplace of the Yangtze River. The Hoh Xil depopulated area at the foot of Tanggula Mountain is a comfortable pasture for endangered Tibetan antelopes and other wildlife.

Lake Cuo Na

Located in Anduo County, Xizang Province, it covers an area of more than 400 square kilometers and is the source lake of the Nu River. It is 4,594 meters above sea level and covers an area of about 300 square kilometers. It is the highest freshwater lake in the world. Looking into the distance from the lake, Zhuoge Shenfeng is faintly visible, reflecting the landscape. It is the "holy Lake" in the hearts of the local Tibetan people. Every year in the Tibetan Calendar, thousands of believers come to worship, and it is one of the most famous scenic spots in Amdo and along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

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Further reading:
Hong Kong – Shenzhen/Futian High-Speed Trains
China High-Speed Train/Rail Guide
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