Tenth birthday of the world's highest altitude train line

(chinadaily.com.cn/Xinhua)
Updated: 2016-07-01 06:42:56

Nanshankou Railway Station, located in Golmud city, is under construction in 2006. The railway station is the starting point of the second section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, linking Golmud in Northwest China's Gansu province to Lhasa in Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Qinghai-Tibet railway celebrates its tenth birthday on Friday, since its second section, linking Golmud in Northwest China's Qinghai province and Lhasa in Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, opened to traffic on July 1, 2006.

The 1,142-km section, out of the 1,956-km Qinghai-Tibet Railway, put an end to Tibet's inaccessibility by rail.

Widely known as the longest railway with the highest altitude in the world, the line boasts the world's highest plateau permafrost tunnel-Fenghuoshan Tunnel at an altitude of 4,910 meters,and the world's highest railway station- Tanggula Railway Station at an altitude of 5,068 meters.

Besides, the line is also known for having a 11.7-km bridge section named Qingshuihe Grand Bridge in Hoh Xil, Northwest China's Qinghai province.

Since July 1, 2006, this Railway has reportedly transported more than 100 million passengers traveling from and to Tibet and more than 500 million goods, helping the GDP of Tibet exceed 100 billion yuan ($15 billion).

A train travels on Sanchahe Grand Bridge, the tallest viaduct with pillars standing 54 meters tall along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. [Photo/Xinhua]

Heating rods along the permafrost section of the Qinghai-Tibet railway in 2005. [Photo/Xinhua]

Workers install protective screenings along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in 2007. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tanggula Railway Station with an altitude of 5,068 meters is the highest railway station in the world. [Photo/Xinhua]

A train passes by the Tanggula Railway Station on Qinghai-Tibet Railway. [Photo/Xinhua]

A train passes by Cuona Lake along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Cuona Lake, with an altitude of 4,650 meters, is one of the most important holy lakes to local residents. [Photo/Xinhua]

Two trackmen ride on a motorbike to patrol the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. [Photo/Xinhua]

Naqu Railway Station is the only stop between Golmud and Lhasa of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. [Photo/Xinhua]

Herdsmen and their animals along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. [Photo/Xinhua]

A train runs across Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain near Lhasa on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. [Photo/Xinhua]

A train runs on Liuwu Bridge in Lhasa on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. [Photo/IC]

Tibetan antelopes ramble on the land along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway on May 28, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

A train runs on the Naqu section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway on May 28, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

A train passes by heating rods on a section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway on June 23, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

A bridge section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway near the Tanggula Mountains on June 22, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tibetan antelopes find food along a section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in Hoh Xil on March 11, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Flocks of Tibetan antelopes walk across a section of Qinghai-Tibet Railway on June 7, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

 

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