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Qingzang Railway

Border tensions have silver lining for remote, once-ignored regions

Although neither China nor India wants a repeat of the 1962 conflict between them, each side is wary enough of the other to see the need to make its military presence felt, even as they try to solidify the political ties between them.

Sunday, 15 May, 2011, 12:00am

When the arrival of a rail line signals unrest

The last time Asia was in recession, in 1997-98, the mainland avoided the worst of it by embarking on a massive round of road building.

Faced now with a more serious global slowdown, Beijing has again decided that a dose of direct investment is needed.

26 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Six more railway lines planned to expand network to Tibetan cities

Beijing plans to build six more railway lines connecting major cities on the Tibetan plateau to other parts of the mainland, a railway official has announced.

Wang Yongping , spokesman for the Railway Ministry, said the extra lines were intended to help boost the regional economy, rejecting claims they were to facilitate mining in the area.

18 Aug 2008 - 12:00am


Lack of natural resources a serious problem for Tibet

Tibet has been a part of China since before the Tang dynasty. It covers a huge area, but has no natural resources, such as coal, oil and natural gas. PetroChina has drilled several oil wells there but no actual oil production was recorded.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Tibet to reopen for tour groups

Tibet will be open to tour groups from Hong Kong and Taiwan from Thursday for the first time since the deadly unrest in Lhasa last month, Xinhua said yesterday.

Lhasa tour guide Zhu Feng said Tibet's tourism authorities had called an urgent meeting of travel agency heads in Lhasa on Tuesday night to brief them about the changes.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Wing On Travel strikes HK$412.6m train deal

Firm to buy 72pc equity in luxury travel operator

Travel services provider Wing On Travel (Holdings) has struck a HK$412.6 million deal to buy a majority stake in a company with the right to operate luxury trains between Beijing and travel destinations Lhasa and Lijiang.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Last Seen in Lhasa

Last Seen in Lhasa

by Claire Scobie

Rider Books, HK$165

Someone forgot to show Claire Scobie how to write an expat memoir. For a start, she had no need to spend almost a decade studying the culture of Tibet. These days, a two-hour stopover in a country's main airport would qualify most scribes for a book deal.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

27 detained over illegal fishing by Malaysia

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Qinghai-Tibet railway line may be extended to Nepal

Authorities plan to extend the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to China's border with Nepal, according to Tibetan Autonomous Region chairman Qiangba Puncog.

28 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Elderly HK man dies travelling new Tibet railway

Updated at 5.11pm: An elderly Hong Kong man has died while travelling on the newly-opened Qinghai-Tibet railway ? which runs on the high mountains along the Tibetan plateau, a newspaper reported on Monday.

28 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

300b yuan bid to boost water flow from west

Critics question environmental cost and feasibility of diversion plan's third route

The mainland plans to spend at least 300 billion yuan to divert water from the world's highest plateau to the country's north despite concerns about the project's technical feasibility and environmental cost.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Guangzhou joins Beijing and Chengdu on Lhasa railway route

Guangzhou will join cities including Beijing and Chengdu in offering rail services to Lhasa using the newly opened Qinghai-Tibet railway.

The Guangzhou-Lhasa service would be launched on National Day on October 1 and the one-way journey would take three days and two nights, the Southern Metropolis News reported yesterday.

24 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Ticket to heaven

There are so many people crowding around the entrance to the ticket hall at Beijing West Railway Station that just getting inside takes a few minutes. But that's nothing compared to the wait to buy a ticket. Long lines snake back from the ticket windows to the opposite wall - and this is a normal day.

17 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Defenders and detractors: all aboard the train to Lhasa

Ridiculing the newly opened railway to Tibet displays an ignorance of the economic and social benefits it brings, and the sacrifices of the resilient and hard-working people who built it ('One-way ticket to oppression', July 4). The railway slashes the cost of transport to Tibet and facilitates interaction with the rest of China.

6 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Hu declares open the 'miracle' railway to Tibet

President Hu Jintao yesterday declared open the world's highest railway, and hailed its construction as a miracle.

The first train set off from Golmud, Qinghai, at 11.05am, with officials and model workers on board. More than 13 hours later, it pulled into Lhasa , greeted by ranks of senior officials and Tibetan dancers also shown live to the country, according to Reuters.

2 Jul 2006 - 12:00am