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From beijing to lhasa

  1. 1. From Beijing to LhasaChina’s Railway Across the Roofof the WorldBy www.ChinaTibetTrain.Com
  2. 2. • Since the founding of the Republic of China by Mr.Mao Ze ong in1949, it has been Chinas dream to have a railway to connect China Mainland and Tibet.• Tibet Highland is the last area to remain unconnected owing to great and insurmountable obstacles. Since the 1950s, among themany challenge facing Chinese railway planners, the following were the most significant.>> Formidable mountain barriers>> Unstable permafrost& swampy wetlands>> A Fragile Ecosystemwww.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  3. 3. www.ChinaTibetTrain.comKunlun Mountain RangeTibet is Mother of Thousands of Mountains, mountain range that divides Tibet from the restof China, how the rail builders can guarantee that a train to Lhasa, which China has dreamedof since the 1950s. About 85 percent of the entire rail track is located in the forbidden zone.this is also known as the Death Zone, because of the air, harsh and unpredictable weather.Fierce sandstorms and high UV radiation. Annual average temp is minus Zero. Temp drops aslow as -45 degrees C. Average altitude of rail track here is 13500 feet above the sea level. thehighest point 16,700 feet making it the worlds most elevated track.When construction the Fenghuo Mountain Tunnel - 16,000 it above sea Level - workers had tobe equipped with oxygen cylinders. An Oxygen-producing station to "feed “the tunnel wasbuilt. Seventeen such station were built along the railway line equipped with high-pressureoxygen cabins for workers to recover.Question?How do you build a railway across these high mountains to Chinas most remote place, Tibet?
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  5. 5. Unstable PermafrostThere is a total of 550km of permafrost along the rail route. Permafrost is soft and wet soil insummer, hard and expanding in winter – a nightmare for all railroad engineers.The most viable solution is the building of stone embamements for the railroad foundation. Insome places. Engineer bury ventilation pipes in the ground to allow cold air to circulateunderneath the rail-bed.In other spots, a pipe called a thermosiphon is sunk 15 feet into the ground and filled at thebottom with ammonia. The ammonia becomes gas at low temperatures. Giving off a vapourthat draws heat from the bottom with ammonia. The ammonia becomes gas at lowtemperatures. Giving off a vapor that draw heat the bottom of the tube and flushes it out thetop.Building a bridge over the permafrost. This has the least impact on the rea. But is also th mostexpensive. Eg. The 11.7 km Qingshuihe Bridge is the world-longest Bridget buit on permafrost.A round-the-clock monitoring system bas been installed to keep tab on the temperaturechange along the 550km permafrost stretch of the route.www.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  6. 6. Environmental protection of fragile ecosystem Some RMB 2.54 billion was invested by Chinese authorities in the environmental protection in the project. - Protection of the ecological environment has been a essential concern in the design. The routes were selected so that they would keep away from the major habitats of wild animals. E.g. the original routes was abandoned because it passed through the reserves of black-necked cranes. While in some other places like the section cutting through the Hohxil. Qumare and Soga nature reserves. the planners minimized disturbance to the nature reserves for endangered Tibetan antelope and wild ass by building 25 passageways for wild animals based on their migration habit. Reducing adverse impact on ecological environment to the minimum during rail construction. All the train cars are installed with environment-friendly toilets. wastewater deposit tanks and garbage treatment facilities to protect the environment along the route.• Environmental protection of fragile ecosystem•  • Some RMB 2.54 billion was invested by Chinese authorities in the environmental protection in the project.•  • - Protection of the ecological environment has been a essential concern in the design. The routes were selected so that they would keep away from the major habitats of wild animals. E.g. the original routes was abandoned because it passed through the reserves of black-necked cranes. While in some other places like the section cutting through the Hohxil. Qumare and Soga nature reserves. the planners minimized disturbance to the nature reserves for endangered Tibetan antelope and wild ass by building 25 passageways for wild animals based on their migration habit.•  • Reducing adverse impact on ecological environment to the minimum during rail construction.•  • All the train cars are installed with environment-friendly toilets. wastewater deposit tanks and garbage treatment facilities to protect the environment along the route.www.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  7. 7. Beijing West Train Station   - Where the Train Travel Beginswww.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  8. 8. The Flatform– Beijing to Lhasa shows the train number is T27www.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  9. 9. A Chinese Girl shows her Tickets “ Beijing to Lhasa”, the train attendants will start workingwww.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  10. 10. The Flatform– Beijing to Lhasa shows the train number is T27www.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  11. 11. www.ChinaTibetTrain.comThe Qinghai-Tibet Railway stretches for 1956 kilometers from Xining, Capital of Qinghai provinceto Lhasa. It cost the Chinese Government approx. USD 4.1 billion and was completed in June2006. – one year ahead of schedule.
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  13. 13. View the scenery through the window www.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  14. 14. Tibet is Chin’s most remote province and has been part of China since the time of emperorKublai Khan, the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is the home of the Chiru-Tibetan Antelope. Chiru is ahighly protected animal in China. Four national protected areas have been set aside specificallyto safeguard Tibetan Plateau wildlife species. Including chiru populations and habitat; ChangTang Nature reserve. Xianzu Naure. Kekexili national reserve, and Arjin Shan nature reserve.
  15. 15. Restaurant Car in Tibet Train www.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  16. 16. The Cook in the train www.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  17. 17. The soft sleeping berth car, in which compartment there are 4 berths.www.ChinaTibetTrain.com
  18. 18. The hard sleepingberth car, in whichcompartment thereare 6 berths.
  19. 19. The Cook in the train www.ChinaTibetTrain.comThe total length of Qinghai Tibet railway is 1956km. the line includes the Tanggula Pass at5072m, above sea level the world’s highest rail track. The 1338m Fenghuoshan Tunnel is thehighest tunnel is the world. At 4905m above sea level. The 3345m Yangbajing tunnel in thelongest tunnel on the line.

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