Bullet train connecting Lhasa started in China
Bullet train connecting Lhasa started in China. China has launched the first fully electric bullet train in Tibet. The bullet train on the Lhasa-Nyingchi section of the Tibet-Sichuan railway came into operation on Friday.
The 435.5-kilometer-long bullet train was launched on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, the Fuching Bullet Train officially launched on Friday. This is the first bullet train in Tibet. There are currently nine stations on the route. Last November, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered the construction of a railway connecting Ningchi and Sichuan provinces.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will start from Chengdu in Sichuan Province and will enter Tibet from Yan Hain Kwando. After that, the travel time for Chengdu-Lhasa will be reduced from 48 hours to 13 hours.
According to Chinese media, the bullet train now in operation can run at 160 kilometers per hour. Construction of the railway began in 2015.
More than 90 percent of the railway line is located at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters above sea level. The current route includes 47 tunnels and 121 bridges. The train crosses the Yarlung Jangbo River 16 times.
Tunnels and bridges make up 75 percent of the overall railway line. One hundred and thirty thousand workers had worked for the construction of this railway.
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