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The 318 best places to drive from Sichuan to Qinghai

Hello, I am laughing and boiling paste to go to the jungle, a 70-year-old who likes to travel, in June 2021, I took the time to take my lover and complete the first trip into Tibet that has been on my mind.

With the fear and respect for high altitude areas, after a long time of preparation, we successfully completed the trip from Sichuan to Qinghai. As the first trip into Tibet, I will share this trip to every friend who has poetry and faraway places in mind, and hope it will be helpful to my friends.

I. Pre-departure preparation

1、Vehicle preparation

Into the Tibetan car of all kinds, the 318 national highway in addition to some individual sections due to road repair there is a non-paved section, the rest are relatively flat paved roads, cars through the basic no problem, of course, if the road or want to view the need to get off the road, it must be a high chassis SUV, the best four-wheel drive vehicles, of course, the best hardcore SUV.

The car is best turbocharged models, self-priming vehicles in the plateau area high rebound serious, if you want to overtake will be seriously underpowered, there is a certain degree of danger. Our car is a Chevrolet Explorer 2.0T rs 4WD version, more than 260 horsepower, more than 300 torque, the chassis is also a little higher, a road also took the non-paved, but also down the road to climb the mountain, no problems.

2、Equipment with the car

The vehicle chassis is fitted with aluminum-magnesium alloy chassis armor to protect the engine sump, fuel tank, etc. from knocks when going over potholes.

The roof is equipped with a slim luggage box, many small things are loaded into it, greatly increasing the trunk volume; and because the thickness is not large, the height of the whole car does not exceed 190cm, almost all the height limit bar and basement can be entered.

With the car brought an electric pump, tire repair nails, off the board, folding shovel, electric hydraulic jack, anti-skid chain, although the above ultimately did not come in handy, but there is no harm in being prepared.

For fear of overnight traffic jams at high altitude must-go points such as Mt.

3、Preparation for anti-hypertension

We prepared in advance the rhodiola, plateau an, western ginseng tablets, glucose punch and other drugs, as well as the usual cold medicine, haloperidol, motion sickness medicine and other common drugs; bought some disposable oxygen tanks online, but also prepared a car oxygen machine, an outdoor mobile power, in the return trip from Nagqu to Golmud via the 109 national highway, because the whole journey is almost in the altitude of 4000 meters above sea level, and need to run through a day, but also only I drove, this oxygen machine throughout the machine to replenish oxygen, played a great role.

4、Other equipment

For photography, we prepared DSLR cameras, tripods, drones, and car cameras; for food, we prepared some self-heating noodles, self-heating rice, apples, oranges and other fruits, while keeping the car always with some bottled water for emergencies.

5、Document preparation

ID card, driver's license, driving license must be brought, the best border guard card in the household registration for good, of course, if and we are the same, just take the regular Sichuan into the Qing out route, not to go to Everest, Ali, Murdoch and other places, do not need to apply.

6、Personal preparation

Because of the high altitude temperature changes, you need to bring four seasons of clothing, from Xianyang when we started short-sleeved, short pants, to Luding to change into long clothes and long sleeves, in the folded mountain pass stop, and add autumn clothes and pants, jacket down jacket.

10 days before departure, stop aerobic exercise, make sure to control your blood pressure if you have high blood pressure, and bring your regular medicine; if you have moderate or higher symptoms of hypertension at high altitude, go to local hospital immediately for oxygen treatment or transfer to lower altitude area immediately.

From the plains into Tibet, it is best to have a slow acclimatization process, the first day it is best to stay in a place more than 2,000 meters above sea level for one night, so that the body slowly adapt, we stayed in Luding specifically for one night. The first three days into Tibet is best not to take a bath, drink more water, eat more fruit, temporarily do not inhale oxygen, let the body adapt to high altitude.

At high altitude, remember: move slowly, do not do running, jumping and other strenuous exercise; do not be too excited, pay attention to insulation, never catch a cold.

II. Lines

We have limited vacation time, so we are in a bit of a rush on the route, leaving from Xianyang on June 9, arriving in Golmud on June 19 and returning to Xianyang on the 22nd, so you can adjust yourself according to your own time.

The route is basically the standard Sichuan in and Qing out, only when we crossed the folded mountain to Xinduqiao, we chose to leave the 318, north to take the 343 provincial road through Kangding airport, across the Tagong grassland to Xinduqiao.

The specific route is Xianyang - Luding - Kangding - Xinduqiao - Yajiang - Litang - Batang - Mankang - Zogong - Baju - Bomi - Lulang - Linzhi - Lhasa - Yamdroktso - Namucuo - Nagqu - Tanggula Pass - Tuotuo River - Wudaoliang - Kunlun Pass - Golmud - Lanzhou - Xianyang.

Three, the specific route strategy

Day 1.

Xianyang - Luding (H1300).

After passing through Jingkun Expressway, Chengwan Expressway, Chengming Expressway and Ya Ye Expressway, we left at 4:00 am and arrived at Luding County at 5:00 pm, which took more than 13 hours. On the way, we got off the expressway in Nanzheng District of Hanzhong at noon and specially went to eat the famous Hanzhong hot rice skin. Because I was driving alone, I strictly followed the principle of entering every three service areas, and went in for a break every three service areas.

From Xianyang to Hanzhong, from Hanzhong to Guangyuan, from Ya'an to Luding these three sections of the road are mountainous highways, rolling hills, many curves, many large vehicles, most of the speed limit of 80, you need to play 12 points of spirit, careful driving.

The must-see attraction in Luding is the Flying Luding Bridge Memorial Hall, and the accommodation was booked in advance at the Yun Ding Hotel, not far from Luding Bridge, about 5 minutes walk. It has its own parking lot, which is very convenient. The alternative hotel is the Goodwill Hotel, which is right next to the Luding Bridge, with the Dadu River and the Luding Bridge visible from the window.

After visiting Luding Bridge, we went to the neighboring food street. We ate the famous local fish with fatty intestines at a Han Mei Fish Village.

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Day 2.

Luding to Yajiang

Luding (1300) - Kangding (2395) - Folded Mountain (4298) - Kangding Airport (4280) - Qing around the sacred mountain (3800) - Tagong Grassland (3730) - Xinduqiao (3459) - Yajiang (2530), a total of 233 km, taking about 12 hours.

In the morning from Luding, continue on the Ya Ye highway, passing by the magnificent scale of the Dadu River iron cable road bridge, soon arrived in Kangding. Because of time reasons, in Kangding we did not make more stops, if you have time friends can go to the "Kangding love song" Mugatso scenic area to turn around. After leaving Kangding, the altitude rises gradually, the road also slowly becomes narrow. There are many curves. Pay special attention to the opposite side of the curve when the car, in addition to 318 this way more savage overtaking, must be careful to avoid.

After leaving Kangding City. Slowly snowy mountains gradually emerge in front of you, driving forward soon. Zodo Mountain suddenly came to the forefront. Folded mountain pass 4300m above sea level, is our first high mountain from the plains into the Tibetan plateau, is also the first test of our adaptation to the altitude. In the folded mountain pass, there is a parking lot, the charge is about ten yuan once. From the parking lot up to the observation deck can still climb for a while. We must pay attention to climb slowly, do not run and jump excited. Folded mountain snow all year round, so the temperature is very low, get off remember to add clothes.

From the folded mountain pass to continue on, along the 318 on a period of time, there is a fork in front of the road, to the left, continue to go forward 318. because the 318 ahead for some reason traffic jam, we decided to turn right, on the provincial highway 343, this way and different scenery, different surprises, passing the Kangding airport, after the Qing around the sacred mountain, and then arrived at the Tagong grassland. We had a picturesque view all the way, admired the Muya Golden Pagoda and the Muya Temple, and after a simple lunch in Tagong Town, we turned south along National Highway 248. After a brief lunch in Tagong town, we turned south along National Highway 248.

In April in Xinduqiao, the grass has not yet turned all green. The beauty of the photographer's paradise was not fully reflected. We did not stay too long in Xinduqiao and continued on our way, arriving in the evening at Yajiang County, which is about 2500m above sea level.

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Day 3

Yajiang - Batang

Yajiang (2530) - Heavenly Road Eighteen Bends Lookout (3990) - Xiongzongka (4300) - Nimagong Shenshan (4668) - Kazira Mountain (4718) - Litang (4014) - Mao Ya Grassland - Sister Lake (4685) - Batang (2500), a total of 305 km, taking about 12 hours.

In the morning, we departed from Yajiang County with a sharp rise in altitude and drove out about 25km along 318. Then you will arrive at the famous Eighteen Bends of the Heavenly Road. The Eighteen Bends of the Heavenly Road observation deck is about 4,000 meters above sea level and is a very worthy attraction. Go forward a dozen kilometers further. Reach Xiongzongka, which is about 4300m above sea level, and then go over the Kazi La Mountain. At around 12:00 noon, you will reach the world high city of Litang County, which is about 4,000 meters above sea level. After lunch in Litang, pass by the West City Gate of Litang, which is one of the famous 318 must-drive points in this life, so you must pay attention to the oncoming vehicles when taking photos and playing cards.

After two days of altitude adaptation, our bodies have gradually adapted to the high altitude, today all the way to many places above 4,000 meters, there is almost no much discomfort, as long as you pay attention to not strenuous exercise on the line.

Go ahead about 70km to reach Mao Ya grassland. A dozen kilometers further ahead to the famous Sister Lake, but because it is June into Tibet, Sister Lake's water is a little muddy, and the lake is repairing the road, the sky is not beautiful, gloomy piece, we did not make more stops, it is said that in March and April, the lake will be very clear, under the blue sky and white clouds, very beautiful.

Around 5 pm, arrived in Batang, in Batang County we booked the Sanctuary Tea Horse Ancient Road Manor, just off the 318 National Road, which is a bed and breakfast, still a little distance from the county, but covers an enormous area, like a manor, accommodation on the second floor. The environment is general, but the manor has a large green space. You can relax and drink tea in the green grass. Dinner we let the boss manor lawn on the table, simply ordered a few special dishes, to two bottles of beer, enjoy a good lawn picnic.

From tomorrow, we will officially enter Tibet, from Batang to Mankang County in Tibet. There is a section of road under repair and it is said that the road will be closed from 7:30am to 7pm. We asked the owner of the estate about the road conditions and decided to leave tomorrow morning at 6am sharp. We will pass the road before the road closure starts.

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Day 4

Batang--Zogong

Batang (2500) - Jinsha River Bridge (2452) - Zongla Mountain (4150) - Mangkang (3780) - Laushan (4376) - Rumay Town (2640) - Jokpa Mountain (3911) - Dongda Mountain (5130) - Zogong 3750, 260 km, about 12 hours.

Because we had to pass the road closure in time, we left on time at 6:00 a.m. After traveling for a few minutes, we arrived at the road closure point in Zhubalong Township, Batang County, because we got up early and there were very few cars on the road. But because of more potholes, you must slow down here and pay attention to the road, otherwise it is easy to cause a flat tire. The first thing you need to do is to take a right turn on an inconspicuous steel plate bridge and see the words Welcome to Tibet after crossing the bridge.

We had to pass through a checkpoint in Mankang to enter Tibet. The epidemic was not too serious at that time, so we just carried out routine checks such as scanning health codes, but all passengers on the bus were asked to get off and go to the lobby to go through the security check, and the driver was checked on the bus. You should prepare your ID card in advance, register your Tibetan health code and trip card for inspection.

Mankang is our first county into Tibet, recommended lunch in Mankang county to eat a famous Gaga noodles, and our Shaanxi flag flower noodles similar to a small bowl a bowl on the charge per head, eat until full, I heard that some people can eat a meal of hundreds of bowls, anyway, I was out of reach.

Soon after passing through Mankang, we arrived at Lhau Mountain, 4376 above sea level. When we stopped at the side of the road to rest, we found a lower road point, there are many off-road vehicles down the road up the mountain, can not resist the itch, we also followed the ruts and drove up the mountain. Turn on the 4WD and drive slowly, the car was very powerful, no symptoms of hypertension of lack of power, we played for a long time in Mt.

After crossing the Lancang River Bridge, we will start to go over the 318 National Road, one of the natural hazards of Jue Ba Mountain, 3911 meters above sea level, all the way to the mountain road, the road outside the guardrail is a cliff, ten thousand feet abyss, must be careful driving, safe meeting, at the top of Jue Ba Mountain, there are observation platforms and parking spots, you can get off to take a break.

Jue Ba Mountain, then to go over the 318 National Road into Tibet route highest pass Dongda Mountain, 5,130 meters above sea level, over the road of Dongda Mountain relative to Jue Ba Mountain feel a lot safer, next to no cliffs, all the way up gently. At Dongda Mountain, we encountered another traffic jam, the road was under construction ahead, and the release time was unknown. After waiting for more than two hours, the release was not in sight. At this time, there were many local SUVs that found the lower road point and went around from the trail below. The road is paved with small and large gravel, only able to accommodate a car through, and from time to time there is wading road, cautiously about 3 kilometers ahead, suddenly looked up and saw the main road released, heart very regret, continue to go forward or back to the main road? I don't know how long I have to go on the road, I decided to turn back, the road is very narrow, the steering wheel rubbed more than a dozen after finally turning around successfully, and after a few minutes of torture, finally back to the 318 national highway, can not help but let out a long breath.

Today's original plan to rest in the evening to eight, but because of the delay in Dongda Mountain to come a few hours, down the mountain are almost dark, had to temporarily decided to Zogong stay a night, in Zogong stay at the hotel for Ji'an Dongri Hotel, on the river road, convenient traffic, underground garage, recommended to stay.

Zogong is beautiful at night, the Yuqu River flows right through the center of town, and there are Tibetan dancers in the central square at night, so tourists can get involved. Sitting on the benches in the square, watching the cheerful dance, bright smiling faces, a peaceful heart, the pain of the daytime running dissipated. For dinner, we recommend the Yak Beef Soup Pot at the Niu Lao Restaurant. The soup with various mushrooms is delicious.

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Day 5

Zogon - Bomi

Zogong (3750) - Bangda (4334) - Yela Mountain (4658) - Nuer River 72 Abduction Point (4658) - Nuer River Bridge (2740) - Tiger's Mouth (3694) - Baju (3260) - Ranwu Town (3960) - Ranwu Lake (3850) - Bomi (2750) Total 400 km, taking about 12 hours.

In the morning from Zogong, about driving more than 100 kilometers, it arrived at the town of 318 important town of Bangda, Bangda is the intersection of National Highway 318 and National Highway 214 Yunnan-Tibet Line, is the Sichuan-Tibet Line, Yunnan-Tibet Line important supply point.

Forward to reach the Yela mountain pass, the weather is clear, standing at the pass overlooking the Bonda grassland, blue sky and white clouds, green grass, beautiful.

Driving forward, unknowingly came to the famous Nujiang 72 abduction, 318 national highway from here, in just 50 kilometers, the altitude from more than 4600 meters, a sharp drop to 2700 meters, where the road is treacherous, extremely curved, and more than 180 degrees of hairpin bends, must be steady driving, in the Nujiang 72 abduction observation platform is best to stop and rest, check the brakes, downhill is best to use the manual gear auxiliary braking, no manual gear vehicle is best when driving to the platform can be parked, pull over and take a break to prevent the brakes overheating.

After 72 turns, down to the valley of the Nujiang River, at this time the scenery has changed again, the Nujiang River on both sides of the jagged rocks, walls, vegetation is slowly becoming less, bare ochre rocks. Shortly before the line, to the Nujiang River Bridge, the bridge has the old and new, the construction of the old bridge, an engineer soldier, lost his footing into the cement poured, and still sleeps here, so the new bridge was built, in order to commemorate the martyrs, the old bridge at the same time also retained, we pass here, it is recommended to sound a horn, in order to comfort the spirit of the martyrs in heaven. After a few kilometers, you will reach the tiger's mouth, a huge mountain stretched into the middle of the road, through this place must pay attention to avoid the opposite direction of traffic.

At noon, we arrived in Baju County, and lunch was recommended for the health mushroom kingdom in Baju. Ahead of you, there is a fork in the road, right continue along 318, for the lower Ranwu Lake; left turn is 201 provincial road Chasumi direction, for the upper Ranwu Lake. It is recommended to turn left first and go along the 201 provincial road to visit Upper Ranwu, which is less crowded and beautiful. Then back to 318 to continue to visit the lower Ranwu Lake, highly recommended navigation outside the cloud residence inn, in a small village left turn down the road, you can drive to the lake, the inn has been out of business for a long time, there is a free parking lot, there is a wooden walkway along the lake, but because no one manages, health is not good. June Ranwu Lake, because of rainfall, the lake is a little turbid, not that blue beauty, a little regret.

More than 20 kilometers along the 318 forward, you will reach the net red wading road, we rushed through, and did not stop, interested friends can stop here frolic, but must pay attention to safety, while careful license plate washed off.

This section has two scenic spots to visit, the Laigou Glacier and the Maidu Glacier, but we did not go there because of time problems.

After passing through the town of Ranwu, the scenery changed significantly again, with trees lining the road, green grass, dotted with patches of farmland, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, very different from the Tibet we had in mind.

At around 6pm, we arrived at Bomi County, and recommended the IJIA chain hotel (Bomi Branch), located on the 318 side, the hotel has a large parking lot, next door to the PetroChina gas station. The alternative hotel is Bomi Jiaheng Glacier Hotel, where you can see the distant mountain glacier by pushing the window. Dinner is recommended at Handsome Restaurant and Bomi Wild Mushroom King Restaurant.

After dinner, you can stroll along the Palomzangpu River sidewalk to the central square and participate in the group potlatch dance in the square.

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Day 6

Bomi - Linzhi

Bomi (2750) - Gawalong Glacier Scenic Area (3700) - Bomi - Tongmai Bridge (2070) - Lulang Town (3370) - Sedgelac Mountain (4728) - Niyang River - Linzhi (2930)

In the morning from Bomi, we left the National Highway 318 and headed south along the Zamo Highway. We embarked on the road to Murdoch. The road took 57 years from the first line trek in October 1961 to the beginning of 2018 when it was finally opened to traffic all year round. The road is also the last of China's 2,100 counties to be open to traffic. The road is often water damaged and requires careful driving, but it is lushly forested on both sides, with picturesque views of snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Twenty kilometers along the Zamo Highway, we came to the Gawalong scenic area, where the combination of glaciers and grass is very beautiful, simply a paradise. Magnificent glacier snow mountains surrounded by turquoise grassland, while there is a small Tibetan monastery, Garong Temple. Although the temple is small, but it is said to be the handprints of lotus flowering great life offering place. The distant Garong La tunnel is the necessary road to Murdoch. Because of the time plus we also did not apply for the border guard permit, so did not continue to Murtaugh forward. We climbed along the trail to the glacier for a while, but eventually stopped at a few hundred meters from the glacier because the road was too difficult to walk, the scenic area is surrounded by the glacier on three sides, the middle grass is flat and green, while a piece of unknown flowers bloom occasionally, making people forget to return, the scenic area The scenic spot is far away from the main road, the crowd is rare, play for more than two hours, only saw another self-driving car, as if the package field.

From the Gawalong scenic area out, the original road back to Bomi, continue along the 318 forward, about 100 kilometers ahead, to the Tongmai Bridge, where once was a famous dangerous section of the 318 national highway, known as Tongmai Sky Danger, but now has built a bridge, turned into a pass, where the new bridge and the old bridge coexist, is the famous net red card spot.

The forest, snow-capped mountains, green grass, cattle, fields, villages, the beauty is like a dream, at noon, arrived in the Eastern Switzerland - Lulang town, the terrain is flat, green land flat, along with the distant snow-capped mountains, star-spotted Tibetan-style buildings, beautiful, if you have time, it is recommended that you must stay here for a day, take your time to enjoy.

Lunch, of course, to try the famous Lulang stone pot chicken, recommended Lulang stone pot chicken General Store, the building is very Tibetan characteristics, stone pot chicken taste delicious, is slightly a little expensive. The alternative is to recommend the Salt Gang Mushroom King House.

After lunch, we continued our journey and soon reached the Sedgala Pass. Sedi La pass is one of the best places to watch the Namcha Barwa peak, when the weather is clear, in the pass can be viewed out of the sea of clouds, shining gold, but Namcha Barwa peak is also known as the Shy Lady peak, perennial clouds and fog, generally difficult to witness her true appearance, we passed by regrettably, only a distant look at the clouds and fog in the shadow.

All the way downhill from the Sedgala Pass, the altitude plunges, the Niyang River scenery leaps into view, near dusk, the sunset in the river sprinkled with golden fragments, dazzling. Soon we arrived at today's destination - the town of Baji, the seat of Linzhi City.

Accommodation recommended Rujia Hotel (Yak Square), the rooms are clean and hygienic, and the parking lot is large and easy to park.

Linzhi city dining is very well developed, all kinds of grades can be satisfied, dinner at will, so do not make a recommendation.

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Day 7

Linzhi - Lhasa

Linzhi - Linla Expressway - National Highway 318 - Mira Pass (5013) - Linla Expressway - Lhasa (3650)

In the morning, after a simple breakfast in Linzhi, embarked on the Linla Highway. Linla highway may be the only highway in the country without tolls, the entire speed limit of 100, the scenery on both sides of the highway is beautiful. In today's road, the relevant attractions are the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, Bassong Tso, we did not go to these two places because of the time.

The road goes through Mira Mountain. We in order to go to the altitude of 5013 Mira mountain pass tour, from Song Duo off the highway around the 318 national highway, about 20 to 30 kilometers ahead to the Mira mountain pass. Mira mountain is the Yarlung Zangbo River east and west of the vegetation, landforms, climate boundary mountain, the Lhasa River system and the Niyang River system of the watershed. It is also the natural boundary between the marine climate of the Linzhi region and the inland climate of the Lhasa region. The altitude of Mira Pass is 5013 m. Standing at the pass, the mountain wind blows strongly. Under the blue sky and white clouds, colorful sutra streamers float between the earth and the sky, connecting the sky.

Down the Mira mountain pass, we returned along the 318 national highway Linla high speed, through the Mira mountain tunnel, continue on, Linla high speed hundred eight service area, Gongbu Jiangda service area, Gandanji service area has gas service, the rest is under construction.

Since I didn't stop much on the way, it was about 1:00 in the afternoon. We arrived in Lhasa, got off the highway, had lunch, and navigated directly to the Potala Palace, where there is a large parking lot to the left of the Potala Palace where you can park your car. The pattern on the back of the 50 yuan RMB is taken at this location of the Pillar Hill, where there are many people taking pictures and waiting patiently in the queue, and after taking pictures at the Pillar Hill, you can enter the Potala Square from the west gate of the square on the east side of the Pillar Hill.

Because there is no advance booking of the Potala Palace tickets, so we can only turn around the Potala Palace Square, shoot the outside, if the time is stuck very tight tourists, can be booked in advance in Linzhi on the afternoon tour of the Potala Palace tickets today. This will be able to arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon after the direct tour of the Potala Palace, saving half a day.

After the tour around the Potala Palace, return to the parking lot and drive to the hotel. For the first two days in Lhasa, we stayed at the Ghartso Garden View Hotel. This is a B&B, 800m from the Potala Convention, there is a relatively large observation deck on the roof, you can see the Potala Palace, in the hotel after settling down and washing up, nightfall, we walked to the Potala Palace Square, continue to explore the Potala Palace night view. The night view of the Potala Palace is very shocking and beautiful, there is a fountain show in the square, in between the fountain show, you can use the water stored on the ground to take a reflection photo of the Potala Palace, very magnificent.

Dinner simply eat a bowl of noodles, in the city travel is recommended not to drive, Lhasa's streets have shared bicycles, there are also human tricycles, tour then very convenient.

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Day 8

Dazhao Monastery - Potala Palace day trip

For those who have booked a day in advance for an afternoon tour of the Potala Palace yesterday, a visit to the Potala Palace must be booked at least one day in advance.

In the morning, the first walk to the Dazhao Monastery, the Dazhao Monastery is located in the Barkhor Street, the entire Barkhor Street around the Dazhao Monastery, the Dazhao Monastery is only open to the faithful in the morning, the afternoon to allow visitors to enter.

We followed the devotees along the Barkhor Street, around the Dajok Monastery, leisurely, casually around, we must remember, try to follow the clockwise direction, all the monasteries in Tibetan areas to visit remember to visit clockwise.

To the Barkhor Street must go to the carding point is the Sixth Dalai Cang Yang Gyatso met the moon maiden place - Maji Ami, this is a small earthy yellow building, is a Tibetan tavern, because there is such a romantic legend, it has become a tourist to Lhasa must go to the net red carding point, lunch recommended here, recommended dishes: grilled mushrooms, tomato balls, raw grilled lamb chops, yogurt ginseng fruit salad.

Then to another Netflix spot - the old Bright Hong Kong Qiong sweet tea store, a shallow taste of Tibetan sweet tea, the store is mostly local people, bustling, very life, remember to bring your own change, a cup of one yuan, refill just need to empty cups and money on the table, there is a waiter carrying a thermos to collect money to pour tea.

We booked 3:20 pm → 3:40 pm Potala Palace tour time, the reservation is only the reservation volume, not tickets, with the reservation volume to be eligible to buy tickets, 1:50 pm into the Potala Palace West Gate, at the reservation office with ID card to receive the reservation volume, and then with the reservation volume through the security check into the main gate, in the Pugong periphery there are several attractions can visit, and then at 2.50 before the arrival of the wordless monument to check the reservation The second door, about 300 meters up the purchase of official tickets to enter the visit, the Potala Palace security check is very strict, almost the same level as the airport security, and pay attention to dress, must respect local customs and religious taboos, such as women can not wear short skirts, shorts, can not bring a hat sunglasses into, not step on the threshold and so on.

Meanwhile, the Bukong tour lasts about two hours, and there are no toilets throughout, until the top square.

The afternoon outside of the Bukong light is extremely strong, to make people sunburned feeling, must do a good job of sun protection, and, Bukong in the strict prohibition of photography, you can leave a souvenir in the periphery.

The Potala Palace is built on a mountain, visiting this place is also equal to climbing, Lhasa is about 3650 meters above sea level, tourists visiting the Potala Palace, must be slow to prevent the onset of hypertension, the interior of the Potala Palace is unspeakably shocking spectacular, but the overall color dark, small space, claustrophobic people should be mentally prepared.

Return to the hotel at six o'clock, wash up, rest for a while, go to the hotel next door to the net red Tibetan restaurant Ruyi Linka to taste Tibetan food, Tibetan style is distinctive, the service attitude is enthusiastic, the meal in Tibetan food based on the improvement, suitable for more people's taste, the store also has a special message wall, tourists can leave their wishes and blessings here.

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Day 9

Lhasa (3650) - Qushui (4638) - Yarlung Tsangpo River Bridge - Gompa La Pass (4720) - Yamdrok Tso Lookout (4990)

Today ready to go to Tibet, one of the three sacred lakes of Yamdrok Yumtso, out of Lhasa to take about 40 kilometers of high-speed, from the mouth of the Qushui high-speed, re on the 318 national highway, according to navigation from the Qushui Yarlung Zangbo River Bridge across the river, along the national highway 349 to the direction of Yamdrok Yumtso, Yarlung Zangbo River Bridge there are two old and new, the old bridge limit width 2.5 meters, limit height 2 meters, medium and large vehicles and have luggage must pay attention to, can go Not far from the new bridge.

After we purchased the tickets, no one checked the tickets on the road.

A climb to reach the altitude of about 4700 meters Gangbala mountain pass, parking scenery rest, and then shortly before the line, you will arrive at the Sheep Lake No. 1 observation deck, the best location, you can view the panoramic view of the Sheep Lake, here to check the tickets, if you want to free view, along the 349 continue to go forward, you can reach the edge of the Sheep Lake, can park a lot of places, free view, but remember the lake yak, Tibetan mastiff, photo are charged, you can bargain, pure white yak is very beautiful.

Yangzhuoyongtso has a beauty that is difficult to describe in words, in the crystal snow mountains, blue sky, white clouds, reflecting the extraordinary, quiet as a virgin, gentle and soft. From any angle to see, will be a rare encounter of a lifetime, if into Tibet, this place must go, do not leave regrets.

In the evening back to Lhasa, we changed the hotel, Mo Tai Hotel Wetland Garden Branch, comfortable, simple and comfortable room, dinner outside the hotel simply ate store, because tomorrow will leave Lhasa, bought a lot of local specialties, such as dried yak meat, dried yak tendons, bags of ghee tea and so on.

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Day 10

Lhasa - Dangxiong - Namucuo (4718) - Nagqu (4534)

Today's journey schedule only one attraction, is one of the three sacred lakes of the sky - Namucuo.

Early morning departure, is still the first section of the high speed, in dangxiong county off the high speed, at a fork in the road according to the sign instructions to turn left, is the road to the Namucuo, from lhasa to the north since, the scenery has changed greatly, from all the way 318 to go with the elevation rise and fall sharply, the scenery change into a high clean, magnificent. 109 along the line, all the way snow-capped mountains, green grass, cattle and sheep, blue sky reflecting the white clouds, the scenery is magnificent,. People's hearts and minds stretch. In the Namucuo scenic area gate to buy tickets, continue to drive forward, soon came to the altitude of 5200 meters above sea level of the Naganla pass, after the altitude of Tibet since the adaptation, as long as not strenuous exercise, about 5000 altitude has not much reaction. Standing at the mouth of the mountain, the distance has been hidden a touch of God fascinated noble blue, the Namucuo has been close in sight, can not wait to go all the way down the mountain, the blue is getting closer and closer to heaven's nearest lake - Namucuo jumped out of sight.

Due to time constraints, we did not plan to go to the Sacred Elephant Heavenly Gate. We parked our car at the scenic parking lot and took a special scenic bus to the Zhaxi Peninsula.

"Namtso" for the Tibetan language, the meaning of the sky lake, 4718 meters above sea level, is one of the "three sacred lakes" in Tibet. Here, you can see the welcoming stone, see the reflection of Nyingchi Tanggula Mountain, see the Tibetans who devoutly turn the lake, and see the magic blue holy lake. Wandering around the lake, you will forget all the bad things in life and your mind will be washed as if it had been. Nyingchi Tanggula mountain lofty body, accompanied by beautiful and quiet Namucuo, everything is so harmonious, so mesmerizing.

In the afternoon, in the fondness, we out of the scenic area, drive back to Dangxiong County, officially embarked on the 109 national highway, began the return trip to Qinghai-Tibet line, more than 6 p.m., arrived in Naqu, Naqu altitude of more than 4500 meters, is the biggest test of this journey accommodation for us, booked in advance on the Internet Naqu three Yi Hotel, the room has diffuse oxygen supply, oxygen supply port on the wall of the room, just like the hospital, has been open The oxygen supply time is from 18:00 to 9:00 the next day, which is also the most difficult to go all the way to bed early, but sleep for a while will be suffocated awake, always feel unable to breathe, a night are sleeping and waking up. No way, if back to Lhasa accommodation, tomorrow from Lhasa a day directly to Golmud is a nearly impossible task, can only choose to overnight in Naqu, 109 along the line, Naqu accommodation conditions are the best, other such as Tuotuo River, Wudaoliang accommodation conditions are too poor.

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Day 11

Naqu (4534) - Ando (4706) - Tanggula Pass (5231) - Tuotuo River (4547) - Wudaoliang (4637) - Kunlun Pass (4768) - Golmud (2780) The total distance is 830 km and takes 16 hours.

Today is the most difficult day of our Sichuan into Qing out route, from Naqu, is expected to reach Golmud, the distance 830 kilometers, does not look long, but the whole process are more than 4000 meters, and the road has a lot of wavy roads, shell craters, coupled with a large number of large cars, traffic flow, overtaking difficulties, the speed simply can not be raised, there is a high altitude, I have been driving alone, the impact of high rebound can not be ignored.

If you have to take the 109 national highway, must be prepared in advance, I fixed a good car oxygen machine in the car, driving the whole way uninterrupted oxygen, to keep a clear head is very important at the same time prepared Red Bull and other functional drinks, self-heating meals, thick sleeping bags, ready to be blocked by rain and snow or road repair on the road. God bless, we have a section in the middle of the road due to road repair one side release driving slowly, there is no major traffic jam, and no bad weather.

At 3:00 in the morning, we packed our bags and set off from Nagqu, with very few vehicles along the way, carefully moving forward, around 6:00, the sky began to light up, at about 7.30, without realizing it, we arrived at the Tanggula Pass, this way, my Explorer is very powerful, full of power, 5000 meters above sea level overtaking rapid, without a delay.

More than 11 noon, we arrived at Tanggula Mountain town, also known as Tuotuo River, where we rested and rested, simply ate lunch, squinted in the car for a while, and continued on, through the town of Wudaoliang, Frozen Springs, in the afternoon to reach the Kunlun Pass, the weather suddenly changed, rain and wind, did not dare to make more stops along the way, from Tanggula Pass until the Kunlun Pass are uninhabited areas of Cocosili, met a lot of wild animals along the way, there are Tibetan antelope, Tibetan wild asses, etc..

More than 17:00 in the afternoon, in the rain, passing Sonam Dajie martyr monument, get off the car to pay tribute to the martyrs, and then through the Kunlun Mountain Gate, more than 19:00 through the security check, to this long breath of air, exhaustion and empty.

Entering Golmud, I checked into Rujia Hotel Golmud Kunlun Middle Road and treated myself with a small fat sheep shabu-shabu dinner.

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So far, we basically successfully completed the first trip to Tibet from Sichuan to Qinghai, from Golmud to return home to Xianyang has been no difficulty, a familiar road, here no longer repeated, Golmud is also the 109 national highway tourism distribution town, surrounded by the Emerald Lake, East and West Taiji Naier Lake, Chaka Salt Lake, Qinghai Lake and other famous attractions, you can arrange their own time, but the overall feeling, from 318 to 109, all the way to the scenery is too shocking, as if the plateau after a little immune to all the way attractions, can not raise too much interest, this may be a kind of after-effects of the line into Tibet, it.

This trip a total of thousands of kilometers, we have a little rush because of the time, but the line is generally so, you can do according to their own needs to adjust. 318 this life must drive, beautiful scenery is not just talk, I hope there is physical strength, free friends must go to try, as long as fully prepared to work, a trip will certainly make you a lifetime of unforgettable!