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China begins building Lhasa-Nyingtri railway

Lhasa-Nyingtri(TibetanReview.net, Dec 21, 2014) – China said Dec 19 that it had begun work for the building of its previously announced Lhasa-Nyingtri railway line within the Tibet Autonomous Region. This extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway will cost 36.6 billion yuan (US$ 6 billion) to build and take seven years to complete, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Dec 19.

The new, 402-km railway line will actually be a Xierong-Nyingchi railway line, with Xierong being a stop in the Lhasa-Shigatse railway line which China opened in Aug 2014.

China introduced railway transport system in Tibet Autonomous Region in 2006 with the opening of the 1956-km Qinghai-Tibet Railway, linking Tibet’s capital Lhasa with Qinghai’s capital Xining.

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