- China opened up a new high-speed railroad that connects cities with an electric bullet train.
- Passengers can travel from Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, to the city of Nyingchi in three and a half hours.
- The train will travel 160 km/h down the 435 km railroad, which crosses the Tibet countryside.
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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.
It’s able to transport 10 million tonnes of freight on an annual basis, Xinhua’s report said.
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.
The railroad is called “roof of the world,” Xinhua said.
By car, the journey takes five hours. With the new bullet train, it’ll take three and a half.
It’ll also reduce the travel time from Shannan to Nyingchi from six hours to around two hours, Xinhua reported.
The whole project cost RMB 36.6 billion ($US5.6 ($AU8) billion), according to a CNN report.
“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.
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.