How many crazy things have you done to go to Tibet? Don’t eat, don’t drink, save your life to collect the tolls; work overtime for more days to go to Tibet for holidays; or have risked high anti risk, people are dying, and still have to stand up and say you’re ok? Today, let’s not discuss these issues first. Our topic is: when you drive to Tibet, how far is the farthest distance you can drive. First of all, let me talk about three cases in combination with my own practical experience.
1. One person, one car, one day from Beijing to Chengdu. In the autumn of 2015, during the peak travel season in Tibet, I temporarily need to transfer an off-road vehicle, but Chengdu’s vehicles have been sent out, so I decided to send my own car. Make sure it’s evening driving. At one o’clock in the morning the next day, when I woke up, I turned over and set out. When I arrived at the outer ring of Xi’an, it was more than one o’clock at noon. The original plan was to rest in Xi’an on the first day and arrive in Chengdu on the second night. However, when I saw Xi’an earlier, I didn’t want to go to the city. One in and one out for at least two hours. I decided to keep going. I got off the G5 Beijing Kunming Expressway in Huangguan town and had lunch + dinner. I was going to stay in Huangguan for one night, but it was less than four o’clock. OK, then go on! After crossing the Qinling Mountains and Hanzhong, it’s not dark yet. It reminds me that the later it gets dark in the west of China, the later it passes the chessboard pass and enters Sichuan Province. Now that we are all in Sichuan, let’s go straight to Chengdu. It was 11:00 p.m. when I got off the expressway in Chengdu, and it was already 12:00 p.m. when I got off the bus at the entrance of the hotel, I suddenly felt that my feet were limp and weak, and I started to walk lightly, clapping my thighs hard. Well, it’s OK. The legs are still my own.
2. One day from Beijing to Gannan Tibetan area. Unlike the last Beijing Chengdu one-man one-day completion, the one-day arrival plan of Beijing Gannan Tibetan area is a long one. As we all know that Beijing is located in the east far away from the Tibetan area, I wonder if I have the chance to challenge the route planning of Beijing’s one-man one-day trip to the Tibetan area. This plan can only reach Tibet at most. It is obviously impossible to reach Tibet. So I focused on Gannan Tibetan area, Gansu Province, which is the closest to Beijing in a straight line, with the best road conditions and the most developed transportation. Starting from Tongzhou, Beijing at 3:00 in the morning, you can go directly to Beijing and Kunming at 6:00 in the morning, have breakfast in the service area in Shanxi Province at 8:00 in the morning, have lunch in the service area in Shaanxi Province at 1:00 in the noon, and arrive at Lanzhou outer ring in Gansu Province at 6:00 in the afternoon, then go down from Lanzhou to Gannan directly. If everything goes well, you should be able to arrive at Xiahe Labrang temple in Gannan at 9:00 in the evening, but Hai After the pull-up, the weather suddenly began to rain convective, and the speed naturally slowed down. In this way, the time to reach Gannan Xiahe is 11:00 p.m., but fortunately, I arrived in Tibet from Beijing within one day.
3. Run out of Tibet, from Lhasa to Xining. The company had something to deal with from Lhasa back to Beijing, and I was reluctant to spend nearly ten thousand yuan to check in vehicles and buy full price air tickets, so I decided to take the Qinghai Tibet line from Lhasa back to Beijing all night (at that time, the highway from Xining to Lhasa was only built near the Qinghai Lake). The streets of Lhasa at three in the morning were quiet, and even the first team to go to Namuco would have to gather at more than five o’clock. As a person walking in Tibetan areas all year round, I know that Lhasa Naqu section has a strong manual speed limit bar, and I plan to stop before the next checkpoint to catch up after speeding. But because the departure time is too early, it may also be the reason for leaving Lhasa. There are not even two checkpoints to check vehicles, let alone speed limit registration. I seem to have found a new continent and started to run with all my life. On the one hand, it’s hard to find no speed limit on national highway 109 on the Qinghai Tibet line, and on the other hand, I’m nervous. I’m afraid that I’ll be stopped at the next checkpoint and ask for a paper speed limit, which will be troublesome! So it was not until 10 a.m. that I received my first ID card check in the direction of Ando’s going out of the city and gave a speed limit slip. The Qinghai Tibet line was surprisingly smooth that day, even the Tanggula pass, which was blocked by traffic every day, had neither snow nor traffic jams that day. Arrived in Golmud, the second largest city in Qinghai, at 8 p.m., I had a bold idea at that time: since today is so smooth, can I try a single bike from Lhasa to Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. After a casual dinner in Golmud, he set off again, but the good luck seemed to be over. It wasn’t long after Golmud came out, when I met the traffic police to check the cart in Nomuhong, my life was blocked for two hours, accompanied by the disappearance of a fight. In this way, we can’t get to Xining. We will arrive in Dulan in the second half of the night, and we can’t drive any more. The next day I slept until ten in the morning and arrived in Xining in the afternoon. When I arrived in Xining, I found that I was still tired. A voice in my heart told me: I can’t drive anymore. If I drive like this, something will happen. Put the car in Xining company and flew back to Beijing from caojiabao airport. Through this incident, I learned a very simple truth: in the case of all the national roads, Lhasa can’t drive to Xining for a day.
These are the three times that I think I have driven in Tibet for the longest time. Although these three times have been successfully completed, I still have some worries in hindsight. The high altitude environment in Tibet is no better than that in the mainland. It is very dangerous to drive for a long time! If you also want to drive in Tibet, you must be safe first. Don’t drive tired. If you really have to hurry, you’d better make sure that there are two or three drivers in turn. Welcome to share your Tibet self driving story in the comments.
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