Golmud-Lhasa Railway (Construction)

Qinghai-Lhasa Railway

Locations

Type

Rail

Status

Completed

Total Reported Cost

56.0 million CNY

Initiatives

Start Date

June 29 2001

Start of Construction

Planned Completion Date

July 01 2006

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Description

The length of the railway is 1,956 km (1,215 mi). Construction of the 815 km (506 mi) section between Xining and Golmud was completed by 1984. The 1,142 km (710 mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was inaugurated on 1 July 2006, by Chinese President Hu Jintao. This railway is the first to connect the Tibet Autonomous Region to any other province, which, due to its elevation and terrain, is the last province-level entity in mainland China to have a railway. Passenger trains run from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xining, and Lanzhou.

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