Lanzhou-Xinjiang High-speed Railway brings “High-speed Silk Road” Times

12/11/2014
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News: After five-year hard work, Urumqi-Hami section of Lanzhou-Xinjiang High-speed Railway goes into service on Nov.16, 2014. The section from Hami to Lanzhou operates by the end of 2014. After opening the whole lines, it just take 9 hours from Urumqi to Lanzhou by bullet train. The lines will be the first high-speed service in far China’s west, connecting Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi. At that time, “High-speed Silk Road” Times will come. ( read Transportaton on the Silk Road now )

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

This rail project, dubbed the “high-speed Silk Road”, is the longest high-speed railway in the world and the first in China to be built partly across the desolate and inhospitable Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the arid sands of the Gobi Desert and a number of high-wind areas. These features make construction of the railway link a difficult and risky task.

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

After solving all difficult tasks and designing train speed of 250km per hour, the Lanzhou-Urumqi high-speed railway will provide a faster and more convenient route between the provincial and regional capital, and the journey time of 1,776km length will be cut by half – from around 20 hours to less than 10 hours.

In additions, at the APEC meeting, President Xi disclosed the existence of a “Silk Road Fund” consisting of 40 billion dollars, aimed at improving links across the Asia-Pacific to “break the connectivity bottleneck” in the regions.

In the recent future, Silk Road will meet a new time – “High-speed Silk Road” Time. Silk Road Tour will become more and more popular, to explore this ancient routes and visit Langzhou, Xining, Xiahe, Duhuang, Turpan, Liuyuan, Urumqi, Kashgar.

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi

High-speed Railway links Lanzhou and Urumqi