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China’s $5.6 billion high-speed railroad has opened up in Tibet. Its electric bullet trains are racing 250 miles across the country.

<figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60eee206a8d8c00019b03112?format=jpeg" alt="Tibet's new high-speed train travelling on a bridge in the countryside" height="1963" width="3000" charset=""> <figcaption>A Fuxing bullet train runs along the Lhasa-Nyingchi railway on June 24, 2021 in Shannan, Tibet Autonomous Region of China <span class="copyright">Jiao Hongtao/VCG via Getty Images</span> </figcaption> </figure><ul class="summary-list"> <li>China opened up a new high-speed railroad that connects cities with an electric bullet train.</li> <li>Passengers can travel from Tibet's capital, Lhasa, to the city of Nyingchi in three and a half hours.</li> <li>The train will travel 160 km/h down the 435 km railroad, which crosses the Tibet countryside.</li> <li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/?hprecirc-bullet">See more stories on Insider's business page</a>.</li> </ul><div> <div class="slide"> <div class="slide-title">China's first fully electrified bullet train is now on the tracks in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet</div> <div class="slide-image"><figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60eee382a8d8c00019b03120?format=jpeg" alt="Tibet's new train leaves the railway station" height="1982" width="3500" charset=""> <figcaption>The first Fuxing bullet train leaves the Lhasa railway station. <span class="copyright">Jiao Hongtao/VCG via Getty Images</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="slide-content"><p>The new railroad connects Tibet's capital, Lhasa, to the city of Nyingchi, about 423 kilometres away, state-run <a href="http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2021-06/25/c_1127599454.htm">Xinhua news agency</a> reported.</p><p>The "Fuxing" electric bullet trains are manufactured and operated by the state-owned China State Railway Group. It took around six years to construct, the report said.</p><p> </p><p> </p></div> </div> <div class="slide"> <div class="slide-title">The bullet train transports people and cargo at speeds of 160 km/h</div> <div class="slide-image"><figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60eee2c261b8600019f16fb2?format=jpeg" alt="Tibet's high-speed train at the station with a red bow on its nose" height="3024" width="4032" charset=""> <figcaption>The first Fuxing bullet train prepares to leave the Lhasa Railway Station on the Lhasa-Nyingchi railway. <span class="copyright">Dong Zhiwen/VCG via Getty Images</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="slide-content"><p>Compared with other high-speed trains in China, which travel at around 300 km/h, the Fuxing bullet train is quite slow.</p><p>It's able to transport 10 million tonnes of freight on an annual basis, Xinhua's report said.</p><p> </p></div> </div> <div class="slide"> <div class="slide-title">The Lhasa-Nyingchi railroad runs through 47 tunnels and over 121 bridges</div> <div class="slide-image"><figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60eee4d961b8600019f16fb8?format=jpeg" alt="Fuxing bullet train traveling on railway in Tibet" height="2307" width="3500" charset=""> <figcaption>The first Fuxing bullet train leaves the Lhasa railway station. <span class="copyright">Jiao Hongtao/VCG via Getty Images</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="slide-content"><p>It also crosses the Brahmaputra river, known as Yarlung Zangbo, 16 times, Xinhua reported.</p><p dir="ltr" data-placeholder="Translation">Passengers will be able to take in features of the Tibetan landscape, including the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon and Nanga Bawa Peak, as they look out of the train window, according to the report.</p><p dir="ltr" data-placeholder="Translation">The railroad is called "roof of the world," Xinhua said.</p></div> </div> <div class="slide"> <div class="slide-title">The Fuxing bullet train stops at nine stations, including Lhasa, Shannan and Nyingchi</div> <div class="slide-image"><figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60eee45c61b8600019f16fb7?format=jpeg" alt="Passenger steps off the Fuxing bullet train" height="3910" width="5926" charset=""> <figcaption>Passengers get off the Fuxing bullet train of the Lhasa-Nyingchi railway after they arrived in Nyingchi, south-west China's Tibet Autonomous Region. <span class="copyright">Chogo/Xinhua via Getty Images</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="slide-content"><p>The "Fuxing" bullet trains, which run on the new railroad, will cut the travel time from Lhasa to Nyingchi significantly, the report said.</p><p>By car, the journey takes five hours. With the new bullet train, it'll take three and a half.</p><p>It'll also reduce the travel time from Shannan to Nyingchi from six hours to around two hours, Xinhua reported.</p></div> </div> <div class="slide"> <div class="slide-title">The railway development cost $5.6 billion overall</div> <div class="slide-image"><figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60eee3f061b8600019f16fb6?format=jpeg" alt="Staff members serve passengers refreshments on the Fuxing bullet train" height="2723" width="4084" charset=""> <figcaption>Staff members serve passengers refreshments on the Fuxing bullet train. <span class="copyright">Photo by Purbu Zhaxi/Xinhua via Getty Images</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="slide-content"><p>The brand new railroad and Fuxing bullet trains weren't cheap.</p><p>The whole project cost RMB 36.6 billion ($5.6 billion), according to a <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/lhasa-nyingchi-high-speed-railway-china-tibet/index.html">CNN</a> report. </p></div> </div> <div class="slide"> <div class="slide-title">The Lhasa-Nyingchi railroad is part of China's plan to expand its high-speed rail network</div> <div class="slide-image"><figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60eee54fa8d8c00019b03121?format=jpeg" alt="The Fuxing bullet train sits in Lhasa Railway Station" height="3024" width="4032" charset=""> <figcaption>The first Fuxing bullet train prepares to leave the Lhasa Railway Station. <span class="copyright">Dong Zhiwen/VCG via Getty Images</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="slide-content"><p>"The building of these new railways forms part of Xi Jinping's grand plan of 'integrating the vast national market,'" Olivia Cheung, research fellow at the China Institute of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/china-high-speed-rail-cmd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">told CNN</a> in May.</p><p>"His scheme is grand in that it extends beyond just simply connecting existing towns, but existing towns with new mega-towns that are being constructed from scratch," she added.</p></div> </div> <div class="slide"> <div class="slide-title">There were celebrations at the Lhasa Railway Station when Tibet's first Fuxing bullet train made its debut on the railroad</div> <div class="slide-image"><figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60eee330a8d8c00019b0311b?format=jpeg" alt="Local residents dance next to the first Fuxing bullet train at the station" height="2167" width="3250" charset=""> <figcaption>Local residents dance next to the first Fuxing bullet train at the Lhasa Railway Station on the Lhasa-Nyingchi railway. <span class="copyright">Jiang Feibo/China News Service via Getty Images</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="slide-content"><p>The bullet trains are powered by both internal combustion and electric engines, and can run on non-electrified and electrified railroads, Xinhua reported.</p><p>Given that 90% of the railroad sits 3,000 metres above sea level, the mix of engine power will help the train travel through potentially harsh weather conditions, the report said.</p></div> </div> </div><div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/china-tibet-railway-high-speed-electric-bullet-train-photos-2021-7">Business Insider</a></div>
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