2004-07-15

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Golmud

[DUNHUANG] * [GOLMUD] * [XINING] * [SIDENVÄGEN]

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Why visit Golmud?
This serene semi-desert town acted as stopover mainly for inland Chinese and alien tourists to catch buses and trucks into Tibet. Greatly industrialed but somewhat dissimilar from other Chinese cities, obviously less populated. Accommodations as usual are super problematical that no "Aliens" are allowed unless the hotel hangs a tag "(Authorized hotel for Aliens and overseas reception. Issued by the division of Aliens and exit-entry section of.....)." A hotel lady disclosed that a heavy penalty will be given to them if the officials discovered any non-Chinese stays in the room without Aliens' Certification. These undersized hotels couldn’t afford that piece of document, dare not accept aliens.

Transportation
Bus station in Golmud has tickets to Dunhuang at RMB90 sleeper, aslo go to Aksay, eastward to Xining or Lanzhou (train cost RMB70). Special notice: Certain buses or train depending on what languages you use, say if you speak English RMB100 for you, speak good Mandarin, you get RMB50.

Hotel
Only one hotel willing to admit non-Chinese during our visit. The location is on the main road after the bus station. Walk approximately 20 minutes until a big round about. There’s a mid-size hotel 3-4 star with the alien tag.

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Train No.
Golmud Xining Dep. Arr. Travel Time Air-conditioned
Golmud Lanzhou 19:50:00 13:53:00 0d18h03m No
Golmud Xining 21:39:00 17:25:00 0d19h46m No
Golmud Xining 20:29:00 10:03:00 0d13h34m No
Golmud Chengdu 17:20:00 10:58:00 1d17h38m No

 Right seat to see Lake Qinghai

 
  SOFT SLEEPER PRIS 27 28 28 29 23 23 @
  HARD SLEEPER Golmud 17 17 18 18 18 19 14 15 15 @
  SEAT till Xining 9 15 10 16 7 12 @
 
Station Distance (km) 1047/1050 N904 5702 8760
1
Golmud 0 17:20 19:50 20:29 21:39
2
Chaerhan 66 18:14 20:42 21:21 22:58
3
Xitieshan 131 19:32 21:42 22:37 0:34
4
Delingha 309 22:35 0:15 1:12 4:32
5
Keke 404 0:18 1:53 2:37 6:57
  Wulan 423 === === 2:56 7:26
  Chahannuo 466 === === 3:36 8:27
  Tianjun 519 === === 4:54 10:08
  Gangcha 622 ===   6:30 12:15
6
Haergai 653 5:13 6:34 7:10 12:58
  Haiyan 733 === === 8:22 15:02
7
Huangyuan 772 7:06 === 9:11 15:59
8
Xining 830 8:15 9:21 10:03 17:25
8
Xining 830 8:29 9:44    
9
Pingyi 861 8:59 ===    
10
Minhe 933 10:24 ===    
11
Haishiwan 940 10:38 11:50    
12
Lanzhou 1046 12:20 13:53    

 

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[7] Golmud Hotel - 20Y och 60-100Y

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Golmud