Thursday, February 28, 2008

Pan-Himalayan view from Kathmandu

Here's an interesting blog post about the Pan Himalayan from a guy from - I think - Kathmandu in Nepal:

He seems to think that the western presses concerns about how the railway could damage the Tibetan cultural landscape are foolish, and that the route is more likely to bring benefits than disadvantages to the region and perhaps on to Nepal.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Lhasa, Tibet

Here's a great article at Wikipedia about Lhasa, your final stop on the Pan Himalayan Railway.

China's relationship to Tibet is controversial and somewhat tragic. I'm not familiar with all the issues so I'll wait to post more until I understand this controversy.

Pan Himalayan Mystery

Well, my first mystery is finding out why there is so little news about the Pan Himalayan Railroad. I'm pretty sure it's been completed and I've been spending a lot of time studying China for my upcoming Hong Kong to Shanghai to Beijing trip, but I'm now wondering if this name is no longer used to describe the route?

There is a new, beautiful rail station in Lhasa and I think this is a key stop on the route.

Seat61 for Railroad Information

The best site I've seen for Railroad information is The author and webmaster is a retired European rail worker with extensive information and experience travelling the world by rail.

He's got great tips, links, maps, and more.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Pan Himalayan Railroad

We are now in the process of collecting the best information, official and otherwise, about the Pan Himalayan Railroad in China. The route is an engineering masterpiece and the highest railway every built on earth.

China's trains offer many great amenities and a way to visit the country in comfort while taking in the landscape and many sites.

Here are a few links to Pan Himalayan information:

The remarkable Pan-Himalayan Railway
Oct 19, 2005 ... One of the world’s greatest railway journeys is set to open in 2007 with the news....

Linkdonkey: The highest railway in the world
The pan-Himalayan line climbs 5 072m (16 640ft) above sea level and runs across Tibet's snow-covered...

Pan Himalayan Railroad. China to Tibet

The Pan Himalayan railroad is one of the world's engineering masterpieces.