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Construction of Sichuan - Tibet railway accelerates
update:January 11,2017
Jan. 11, 2017 -- The epic Sichuan - Tibet railway is accelerating construction at both ends -- the section between Chengdu to Ya’an, Sichuan province, and the section between Lhasa to Nyingchi, Tibet Autonomous Region.
As the second railway connecting Tibet with the rest of the country, the 1,900-km track starts in Chengdu and ends in Lhasa, passing through Ya'an, Ganzi, Chamdo, Nyingchi, etc. It is a national key project during the 13th Five - Year Plan period.
Jin Jiguan No.2 tunnel in Ya’an is the first tunnel from the hilly region of Sichuan to Qinghai - Tibet Plateau, and is expected to be completed in March this year.
“The Chengdu - Ya’an section will be open to traffic in June 2018, and the Kangding - Nyingchi section is the last and most difficult part of the whole railway,” said Zhang Hongwei, who is in charge of the overall design of Chengdu-Kangding section.
Sichuan - Tibet railway meanders through mountains and rivers, with the highest section at 4,400 meters above sea level.
It will reduce the travel time from Chengdu to Lhasa to about 13 hours, with a speed limit of 200 km/h.
By: Tian Guangshan  Liu Qiang
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