A goods train passing through the Tianshan Grand Canyon, in Xinjiang. Picture: Wang Wei

The first Chinese-built railway, the enthusiast trying to save it and his hero, the ‘father of China’s railroad’

As China forges ahead with a high-speed rail network few can rival, it seems hard to imagine it took 21 years for suspicious Qing dynasty officials to approve its first domestically built railway. An enthusiast tells of his fight to preserve it

Topic |   Chinese history

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A goods train passing through the Tianshan Grand Canyon, in Xinjiang. Picture: Wang Wei
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