Passengers board the first train on the new service at Hotan station in Xinjiang on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua
Passengers board the first train on the new service at Hotan station in Xinjiang on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua
Xinjiang

New railway completes 2,700km loop of Taklamakan Desert in move to integrate Xinjiang with rest of China

  • New 825km Hotan-Ruoqiang railway connects three existing desert railways and gives five counties train access for the first time
  • China State Railway Group says new rail line will ‘play a role in boosting ethnic unity, strengthening national defence’

Passengers board the first train on the new service at Hotan station in Xinjiang on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua
Passengers board the first train on the new service at Hotan station in Xinjiang on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua
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