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Introducing Golmud

Unless you are an engineer or an escaped convict on the run, the only reason to visit this strange outpost in the oblivion end of China is to continue overland into Tibet. While it isn’t a terrible place, you prob‑ably would not want to stay around Golmud (Géěrmù) more than a day, and few visitors do. The booming town owes its existence to mining and oil drilling and, most recently, to the construction of the train line to Lhasa, for which it is a logistical base.

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