Tanggula railway station

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Tanggula railway station building
Tanggula railway station platform

The Tanggula (Dangla) railway station (Chinese: 唐古拉站; pinyin: Tánggǔlā zhàn) is a railway station located in Amdo County, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, near the border with the Tanggula Town, Qinghai. The railway station has three tracks, one of them served by a platform, and another one served by a very short sub-platform.

Since its construction, Tanggula Station has been the highest railway station in the world.

Coordinates: 33°0′18.35″N 91°38′57.62″E / 33.0050972°N 91.6493389°E / 33.0050972; 91.6493389


This unstaffed station on the Qingzang railway opened for service on July 1, 2006. The station is located 5,068 metres (16,627 ft) above sea level, surpassing Ticlio (Peru), at 4,829 metres (15,843 ft), Cóndor station, at 4,786 metres (15,702 ft), on the Rio Mulatos-Potosí line in Bolivia, and La Galera station at 4,781 metres (15,686 ft) in Peru, and makes it the highest railway station in the world. It is no more than 1 kilometre away from the highest point of rail track at 5,072 metres (16,640 ft).

The station is 1.25 kilometres (4,100 ft) long and covers 77,002 square metres (19.028 acres). There are 3 rail tracks in the station. The location of the station was specially chosen for the view from the platform.


As of 2010, no passenger transport service was available since the region is uninhabited.[citation needed] A through train may stop at the station to wait for another train coming from the opposite direction to pass, but passengers are required to remain on the train.[citation needed]

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Preceding station   China Railways.svg China Railway   Following station
towards Xining
Qinghai–Tibet Railway
towards Lhasa