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On my way to Tibet

Taking train T27 from Beijing, we are heading to the southwest of China, to the high plateau area, and to the "world's roof".

The train rails all the way through Hebei, Shanxi, Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai to the terminal - Lhasa Station.

On the train, there are travelers, businessmen, backpackers and also Tibetans going back home.

On both sides of the railway, we saw various landscapes that reflect the different impacts of the local climate or geological conditions, such as the riverside farmland, Gobi deserts, stromatolithic bold hills.

Passengers do not get excited until the morning of Day 2, when the train left Golmud in west Qinghai, the starting point of the marvelous Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

The altitude gauge shows we are going up and up from 2928 meters at the Gomud Station.

Tanggula Passs, as high as 5,200 meters above sea level, is the dividing line between Qinghai Province and Xizang (Tibet Autonomous Region).

It is said that snow never melts all year round at this altitude. And it is cold in our hearts as we came from the late spring season only yesterday, though the air conditioner is on inside the train cart. Also oxygen is supplied from the supply ends installed everywhere near the train seats and beds.

In the carriage just beside ours, I met and talked with Mr. and Ms. Scherer from Wisconsin State of the U.S.

They are both very nice people. After retirement, they began their round-the-globe travel. This is their first time to Tibet, but second time to China.

"All Chinese people we meet are very friendly, very nice," They said. What impressed them most was a Chinese cook who would prepare delicious food made in both Chinese or westernstyles.

I asked what their impression about Tibet was before they decided to travel to Tibet. Mr. Vernon Scherer said that he only remembered some films about Tibet when he was a kid. His late impression started with the building and opening of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

How much it would cost to build such a safe passage to the world's highest place, he uttered emotionally.

To my surprise, Ms. Scherer asked me "is Tibet a city?" So I asked her in reply that what made her want to travel to Tibet, she laughed, saying she and her life companion just want to see around.

Looking at the yaks and herder's house, the elderly couple,  77- and 75- year-old, told me that they would have some stories to tell when they went back home.