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Xiushan Tunnel of the Pan-Asia Railway completed

(People's Daily)

16:35, January 12, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The Xiushan Tunnel of the Yuxi-Mengzi line of the Pan-Asia Railway was successfully completed on the morning of Jan. 10. This is Yunnan province’s longest railway tunnel.

The Xiushan Tunnel is more than 10,300 meters long, and ranks second among high-risk tunnels around the country. It is located in an area full of seismic activity in Tonghai County, Yunnan Province. The region is famous for its complex geological conditions, frequent changes of surrounding rocks, water and mud bursts, making construction extremely difficult.

The Yuxi-Mengzi line, the key part of Eastern Line of the Pan-Asia Railway under planning and construction, has a full length of 141 kilometers and is designed as a first class national electrified railway with a design speed of 120-kilometer per hour.

The total investment for the line amounts to 4.5 billion yuan. After put into operation this year, the Yuxi-Mengzi Railway will become the first domestic section of the Pan-Asia Railway in operation and will play an active role in facilitating land trade between China and the ASEAN.

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