This path passes the so-called “roof of the world” – it is not superfluous. About 90 percent of the more than 400 km of new railway line between Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and the city of Nichi will operate at 3,000 meters or more above sea level.
China now operates the High Mountain Link. According to CNN, an American news broadcaster, the effort involved is enormous: it will cost $ 5.6 billion to build. 47 tunnels and 121 bridges had to be built, covering three-quarters of the entire route. It includes the Jangmu Railway Bridge, which is more than 500 meters long and is the largest arch bridge in the world.
Strategic action plan
Due to the considerable height of the track, the trains are also equipped with special technology: this includes the oxygen delivery system. To protect from high ultraviolet exposure, the windows are covered with special glass.
The route is part of China’s growing high-speed rail network – of strategic importance. By 2035, its scope will double to a total length of 70,000 kilometers and connect all major cities together. The expansion of the railroad is part of President Xi Jinping’s plan to “integrate the largest national market,” Olivia Chiung, a scientist at the University of London, was quoted as saying by CNN.
China’s “foxing” high-speed trains reach speeds of up to 350 km on various sections of the track. This is different in the high mountains of Tibet. The average speed will be 160 kilometers per hour.
Tibet is located on a plateau between 3600 and 5200 meters high, hence it is also called the “roof of the world”. From the 15th century, the Buddhist kingdom developed into a monastic state with the Dalai Lama as its leader and Lhasa as its capital. In 1950, China invaded Tibet. Since then, Beijing has pursued a policy of ruthless integration against the language and culture of Tibet.