Xining, the start of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, is the main starting point for many trips to Tibet. Sitting at the crossing of the Lanzhou-Qinghai and Qinghai-Tibet Railway lines，it is the most important station for all trains going to Tibet. The railway to Lhasa was finished until 2006 while the station was completed in 1959. It now serves as the main station for trains to Lhasa, and all trains to Tibet pass through the city.
Sitting at an altitude of 2,275 meters above sea level, Xining is the