New railway links Lijiang, Shangri-la in southwest China

2023-11-27 Editor : Luo Pan ECNS App Download

A railway linking the cities of Lijiang and Shangri-la, two well-known tourist destinations in southwest China's Yunnan Province, opened to traffic on Sunday.  

With the operation of the Lijiang-Shangri-la railway, the maximum travel time between the two cities will be shortened to 1 hour and 18 minutes.  

The railway has a design speed of 140 km per hour and a total length of 139 km. Construction started in December 2014.  

The railway also connects Shangri-la, in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, to the provincial capital Kunming.  

As an important part of the Yunnan-Tibet railway network, the new line will help improve transportation in ethnic minority areas, which will promote national unity, consolidate border stability, and promote Yunnan's high-quality development, China Railway said.  


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