Dining Car of Tibet Trains

As the saying goes, food is the first necessity of the people, especially when you are traveling outside, eating is always an important issue. A kitchen is located next to the first class soft-berth sleeper on each Tibet train, offering passengers 3 meals a day. A comfortable dining room attached to the kitchen provides tables and seats for those who would like to appreciate the spectacular scenery outside the train window while enjoying their food. Outside of the normal meal service times, you will need to at least buy a drink in order to sit in the dining car or you will be asked to return to your cabin. In addition to kitchen and dining room, there is also food trolley on the train, you can always buy a snack, beer, tea, or soft drinks as well. 

Three Meals on Tibet Trains

For breakfast, passengers will be served with pickles, eggs, bread and milk, costing just 10 CNY per serving and these meals contain balanced nutrients. People who prefer noodles can choose from snow vegetable noodles, beef noodles, steak noodles, etc.

For lunch and dinner, there is only Chinese and Tibetan cuisine. There are order-dishes and set meals available. For order ones, each dish is about 25 RMB and the average bill is about 100 RMB for two people. The price for set meals is around 20 RMB for each. Tibetan style dishes are the most popular with passengers. Among all 45 dishes, there are 5 cold dishes, 8 Tibetan dishes, 32 ordinary dishes and 8 soup dishes. Examples include stewed yak with crassulaceae for 25 CNY, turnip, carrots and yak for 28 CNY and a ginseng salad for 18 CNY.

Food Trolley on the Tibet Trains

In addition to the dining car, a food trolley will also pass through each train carriage for the convenience of passengers. At meal times, the dining room may not be a good place because of the crowds, the train attendants will bring the food carts through the train carriages at those times to offer lunch or dinner packages including three Chinese style dishes(rice, fried vegetables and pork, for example) at a cost of around 20 CNY per packaged meal. Besides, drinks such as coffee, tea, orange juice, milk tea, etc., are available.

Warm Tips

1. The food on the train will cost about two times as much in a normal city restaurant and the quality will not be as good.

2. The dining car on Tibet trains is more spacious than some trains to other places. It is equipped with larger window and wider passage, bar area and dining area, using semitransparent partition skillfully dividing the recreational domain and dining domain.

3. Dining area is a good place to kill time and enjoy the outside scenery, remember to order at least a bottle of beer or a cup of tea when you want to sit there. Otherwise, you will be drive back to your compartment. 

4. If you think you are not used to the Chinese cuisine and Tibetan cuisine, you can buy some snacks and food you like before the train journey.