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Tibet to become a self-drive destination with railway transport scheme

A stretch of road running through the Tibetan mountains.
A stretch of road running through the Tibetan mountains. Image by Christopher Michel / CC BY 2.0

Travellers to Tibet will soon be able to drive their own cars. A new scheme set up by the Shanghai Railway Bureau will transport cars by rail, allowing travellers to reach Tibet by either plane or train. Passengers can collect their cars in Xining, Qinghai province, and drive the high-plateau road into Tibet, or they can collect their cars in Lhasa and explore the region from there. It is unclear whether non-Chinese travellers will be able to avail of the scheme, due to travel permit restrictions. Read more: shanghaidaily.com