Of a gauge on its own, April 10

10 Apr 2015

When it opened in 1910, the Dian-Yue Railway from Kunming to Vietnam's Haiphong port gave the remote Yunnan province a link to the outside world. Built by France - Vietnam's colonial power - the 854km railway was an artery for trade and passengers. People are still carried on the Vietnam section, but the 468km Chinese section - with its 107 bridges and 155 tunnels - now only transports cargo. Captured here by CNS photographers, the line is China's last metre-gauge railway. With more high-speed railways and roads being built, the railway may not survive with some experts suggesting it be put up for Unesco's World Heritage List.