Workers fix breechblocks of the Qinghai - Tibet Railway in Wudaoliang area in northwest China's Qinghai Province
LHASA: An extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world’s highest railway, will reach the residence of the Panchen Lama at Xigaze, Tibet, the contractors confirmed.
The Lhasa-Xigaze Railway will open before October.
With an overall length of 253km, trains will run at a maximum speed of 120kph, representing a run time of about two hours from the regional capital to the region’s second city.
All sub-grade earthworks, bridges, culverts, tunnels and over 93% of the track are complete.
“It used to take at least four or five hours on mountain roads. We are looking forward to worshipping Buddha by train,” said Tob Chung, 38, a Lama at Tashihunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas.
“It is the common dream of all the Tibetan faithful to worship the Buddha in Lhasa and Xigaze. The railway will make the journey safer and easier,” said the Lama.
Both cities are sacred for Tibetan buddhists with important religious centres such as the Potala Palace, Tashihunpo Monastery and Jokhang Monastery. — Xinhua