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World's highest tourism airport starts construction in SW China


08:40, June 07, 2012

CHENGDU, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Construction of Daocheng Yading Airport, the world's highest tourism airport at an elevation of 4,410 meters, began Wednesday in Sichuan province.

The regional airport, located in Daocheng county of Sichuan's Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture, is expected to open routes to the western cities of Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Guiyang and Xi'an after its completion in 2013.

The cost of the airport with a 4,200-meter runway and four tarmacs, comes to 1.5 billion yuan (237 million U.S. dollars). The annual passenger throughput is estimated to be around 500,000 for 2013.

Together with the airport, the local government has also started builing roads, terminal building, power transmission project and hotel with a total investment of 3.218 billion yuan.

The Garze government hopes to attract 1 million tourists and raise 1.5 to 2 billion yuan in tourism revenue in 2015 after the completion of the projects.

The airport is 130 km from Yading scenic spot, a national-level reserve in the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau which contains beautiful alpine valleys.

Yading's amazing scenery has won itself the titles of "the last Shangri-La" and "the last pure land on the blue planet."


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