Welcome to Golmud
For three decades Golmud (格尔木, Gé'ěrmù) faithfully served overlanders as the last jumping-off point before Lhasa. Bedraggled backpackers hung around the city’s truck depot trying to negotiate a lift to the ‘Roof of the World’. But since the completion of the Qinghai–Tibet Railway, this lonesome backwater has become a very marginal town, as most Tibet-bound travellers board the train elsewhere and blow right through town. Today, there is little reason to visit and it's only of use to travellers trying to get between Lhasa and Dunhuang (in Gansu) or Huatugou (en route to Xinjiang).
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