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  • Last Updated: 2017-08-08

A 2nd railway line from Chengdu to Lhasa is underway that will wind through some of the world’s most mountainous and inhospitable territory and likely take the better part of a decade to complete, Xinhua News Agency reported at the beginning of Jul 2017. 

Currently the train from Chengdu to Lhasa still goes the longer route via Xining, which takes about 43hrs, 2 nights in the train, and it runs once at every other day only. The planned 2nd railway will go directly from Chengdu to Lhasa, through the mountains from Kangding in Sichuan to Nyingchi in Tibet, which will save much more time. Once completed, this 2nd railway line from Chengdu to Lhasa will run for 1,700 kilometers, 80 percent of it consisting of tunnels and bridges. Total cost is estimated at 250 billion yuan ($37 billion), while the travel time from Chengdu to Lhasa will be cut from 43to about 13 hours.

The general stations at the two ends of the 2nd railway, Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, and Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Province, have been under construction already. Other feasibility studies have been completed, but the most difficult section, through the mountains from Kangding in Sichuan to Nyingchi in Tibet, is still being designed and may take seven years to finish once construction begins.

Like a roller coaster, the 2nd railway line from Chengdu to Lhasa will traverse eight ascents and descents, topping out at 4,400 meters (14,400 feet). Varying terrain, landslides and earthquakes are also major challenges to be conquered.

"It will be the most difficult super project in railway construction history," Xia Lie, a senior engineer at China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group, was quoted as saying.

The 2nd railway line from Chengdu to Lhasa is the latest in a seemingly endless series of hugely ambitious construction projects that include the gargantuan Three Gorges Dam, the world's longest bridge over water in Jiaozhou Bay and the world's most extensive high-speed rail network.

As a travel agency in Lhasa with a branch in Chengdu, we believe this 2nd railway line from Chengdu to Lhasa, will not only bring us more business, also will save much expense for our clients. A marvelous good news to be looked forward to in earnest! Wish it will be done soonest. 

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Hi Pek Liong Wong, yes, we're looking forward to the 2nd Railway from Chengdu to Lhasa will be done soon. Do you have the travel plan for Tibet? If yes, please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions, I'm always here.