“To repeat – ad infinitum – though train tickets are a lot easier to land these days, don’t expect next-day middle-berth hard sleeper miracles for the most popular routes. To wit: expect everyone and their dog to be trying to get on the Chengdu-Lhasa train.” —- Lonely Planet China

I hailed a taxi to Sim’s Cozy Guest House around 1pm and the adventure of arranging my travels into Tibet had begun. Successfully arriving at Sim’s was my first victory. I entered the reception area, turned to my right, and saw the big travel desk. Things were looking good.

I asked about getting a train ticket to Lhasa, and the initial response I got (which I had expected based on a recent Thorntree message) was that they weren’t available. Before I could be given an answer a to why they were so hard to come by, I was told a friend might be able to help. I agreed to explore that option, and confirmed my interest in a soft-sleeper (they are the most expensive option, which is probably why I was told they’re easier to get) and preferred departure date (Tuesday, March 18). The train departs from Chengdu to Lhasa every other day.

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