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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.


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Lhasa Station construction completed




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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



The Qinghai-Tibet Railway
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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  
  • 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)
  •  More >>   
      Special Report  
  • The same railways, but different psychologies (10:42, July 14, 2006)
  • What are the tangible benefits for locals? (11:26, July 08, 2006)
  • Interview: Tibetan legislator calls railway "road to heaven" for Tibetans (07:46, July 07, 2006)
  • First train from Beijing arrives in Lhasa (09:18, July 04, 2006)
  • Listening to entirely new sirening of highland trains (14:15, July 03, 2006)
  • Advanced technology (07:45, July 03, 2006)
  • Key facts about rail on 'roof of the world' (07:46, July 03, 2006)
  • Passengers prepare for journey of a lifetime (07:46, July 03, 2006)
  • Nature reserve relieved as antelopes adapt (07:47, July 03, 2006)
  • Railway makes room for Tibetan culture: experts (10:21, July 02, 2006)
  • Train passes topnotch of world's railways (10:15, July 02, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet railway not just a big deal for Chinese (10:10, July 02, 2006)
  • Train enters "forbidden zone for lives" on Qinghai-Tibet route (10:09, July 02, 2006)
  • China overcomes three major obstacles to build most elevated railway (10:09, July 02, 2006)
  • China Exclusive: Train leaves Chengdu for Lhasa (09:28, July 02, 2006)
  •  More >>   
      Economic Benefits  
  • Tibet's economy welcomes new railway era (11:25, July 08, 2006)
  • China issues souvenirs marking opening of Qinghai-Tibet Railway (08:30, July 03, 2006)
  • Travel agents hope for sales boom (07:45, July 03, 2006)
  • Train enters "forbidden zone for lives" on Qinghai-Tibet route (16:54, July 01, 2006)
  • Air companies increase flights to Tibet competing with new railway (09:33, July 02, 2006)
  • Tibet bound train drives into China's largest uninhabited land but home to Tibetan antelopes (16:52, July 01, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway to boost boarder trade in Tibet (08:32, June 22, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet railway facilitates local tourism (08:47, June 14, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet railway to transport additional 4,000 tourists to Tibet each day (08:17, May 22, 2006)
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      Ecological Protection  
  • Train to Tibet passes China's largest uninhabited land, home to Tibetan antelopes (10:08, July 02, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway builds harmonious link between wildlife, human (09:30, July 02, 2006)
  • 'Tibetans should hold on to yak dung' (08:16, June 30, 2006)
  • Garbage train to run on Qinghai-Tibet railway (11:00, June 17, 2006)
  • 38.7 bln yuan put in Tibet Plateau ecological protection (16:31, June 06, 2006)
  • China's Qinghai-Tibet railway to boost tourism in Tibet (17:06, May 03, 2006)
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      Photo Gallery  
  • Riding on an environmentally friendly railway (16:14, July 05, 2006)
  • Tibetan students first come home by train  (14:42, July 05, 2006)
  • First train from Chongqing to Lhasa  (08:14, July 03, 2006)
  • Chinese president opens Qinghai-Tibet Railway  (12:56, July 02, 2006)
  • Views of Qinghai-Tibet Railway  (11:34, July 01, 2006)
  • Lhasa River Railway Bridge  (09:00, June 23, 2006)
  • Stations along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway  (16:56, June 20, 2006)
  • Focusing on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway  (17:04, June 16, 2006)
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway nears completion  (08:35, April 29, 2006)
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