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The 1,956-km-long Qinghai-Tibet Railway, from Xining to Lhasa, is set to begin trial operation on July 1st, 2006.


Facts about Qinghai-Tibet Railway


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Qinghai-Tibet Railway




Lhasa Station construction completed




Focusing on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway




Focusing on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway




High-tech train for the Beijing-Tibet Railway




Qinghai-Tibet Railway linked-up




New height of world's railway born in Tibet



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College students of the Tibetan ethnic group chat on a train running from Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, to Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on the Qinghai-Tibet Raiwlay, July 3, 2006. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest railroad in the world, was put into use on July 1.
UPDATED 15:04, July 14, 2006
The same railways, but different psychologies
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway becomes a major event of world focus, and some Western media have sent reporters to take trains along the new rail route for field coverage.
What are the tangible benefits for locals?
At 8.55 pm on July 3rd, the T27, the first ever passenger train from Beijing, pulled into Lhasa Station. History shows the construction of a railway line often changes the economic and social life of a region. In what way will the full operation of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway alter and influence the daily life of local people?
Tibet's economy welcomes new railway era
In Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, commodity prices have been very high due to lack of transportation with inland. After the Qinghai-Tibet railway went into operation, the transportation cost was expected to be reduced by half. Tourism and special local products will face new opportunities.

Lhasa River Bridge

Lhasa Station construction completed

Station along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Qiangtang grassland

Lake Qinghai, the most beautiful lake in China

High-tech train for the Beijing-Tibet Railway

Tibetan antelopes along the railway

A machine is making preparations to lay tracks at the highest point of the Qinghai-Tibet railway.
  Latest Development  
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  • Trains carry over 2,500 people to Tibet in three days (15:18, July 04, 2006)
  • Passengers from Chengdu arrive in Lhasa  (08:58, July 04, 2006)
  • First train entering Tibet arrives in Lhasa  (10:43, July 03, 2006)
  • President Hu visits Qinghai-Tibet railway  (08:10, July 03, 2006)
  • President Hu expects Qinghai-Tibet Railway to prosper China's west (07:44, July 03, 2006)
  • President Hu hails 'miracle railway' (07:45, July 03, 2006)
  • Flights increase to compete with railway (07:46, July 03, 2006)
  • Commentary: People should have a more worldly eye on Tibet railway (09:58, July 02, 2006)
  • Chinese president attends launching ceremony of Qinghai-Tibet railway (09:51, July 02, 2006)
  • China opens miracle railway with first trains traveling across "roof of the world" (10:21, July 02, 2006)
  • First train enters "unsurmountable" Kunlun Mountains (10:06, July 02, 2006)
  • Backgrounder: Key facts about Qinghai-Tibet Railway (10:09, July 02, 2006)
  • China's maiden altiplano train run receives cheers (09:52, July 02, 2006)
  • First train from Chinese capital leaves for Tibet (09:30, July 02, 2006)
  • China Exclusive: Passenger train to Lhasa ends maiden run (09:32, July 02, 2006)
  • China Exclusive: High-tech features first Tibetan railway (09:31, July 02, 2006)
  • China opens Qinghai-Tibet Railway with first trains traveling across "roof of the world" (16:28, July 01, 2006)
  • First train enters "unsurmountable" Kunlun Mountains (16:29, July 01, 2006)
  • Chinese President Hu Jintao attends launching ceremony of Qinghai-Tibet railway (08:39, July 02, 2006)
  • China's altiplano trains equipped with GE locomotives (14:11, July 01, 2006)
  • Lhasa Railway Station sells first ticket  (08:45, June 30, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet railway ready for operation on July 1: official (13:22, June 29, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet railway ticket on sale  (08:46, June 29, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway passes safety checks (09:06, June 29, 2006)
  • Chinese Vice Premier advises local authorities on running of Qinghai-Tibet Railway (09:22, June 27, 2006)
  • China sets timetable for early running of Qinghai-Tibet Railway (09:00, June 27, 2006)
  • Times, fares announced for Tibet rail service (08:24, June 27, 2006)
  • Ticket prices set for five cities to Lhasa along Qinghai-Tibet railway (20:37, June 26, 2006)
  • Lofty ambitions for highest railway (08:59, June 26, 2006)
  • Technology takes line to new level (08:39, June 26, 2006)
  • Tibetans find words to face the future (09:23, June 26, 2006)
  • New railway to make travel easier for Tibetan lamas (20:35, June 22, 2006)
  • Solar power used along Qinghai-Tibet railway (16:02, June 22, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet plateau passenger trains ready to go (08:13, June 22, 2006)
  • Construction of Lhasa Railway Station completed  (08:34, June 21, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway creates nine world records  (11:31, June 20, 2006)
  • China to issue coins commemorating the Qinghai-Tibet Railway (10:54, June 16, 2006)
  • "Lake of the Heaven" attracts numerous followers and tourists   (20:37, June 13, 2006)
  • Passageways built for wild animals at Qinghai-Tibet railway  (15:16, June 05, 2006)
  • Plateau passenger train to run at 160km/h (17:02, May 30, 2006)
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