Lhasa–Xigazê Railway

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Lhasa–Xigazê Railway
Lahsa station.jpg
The line's eastern terminus at Lhasa Railway Station
Type Heavy rail
Locale Tibet, China
Termini Lhasa Railway Station
Xigazê Railway Station
Opened 16 August 2014 (2014-08-16)
Line length 253 km (157 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Operating speed 120 km/h

The Lhasa–Xigazê Railway, or Lari Railway (simplified Chinese: 拉日铁路; traditional Chinese: 拉日鐵路; pinyin: Lārì Tiělù; Standard Tibetan: lha gzhis lcags lam ལྷ་གཞིས་ལྕགས་ལམ་), is a high-elevation railway that connects Lhasa to Xigazê, in Tibet AR.[1]


The length of the railway is 253 km (157 mi).[2] The construction started in September 2010 and was completed in July 2014. The line was formally opened in August 2014[3] The line includes 14 stations, of which four have been completed so far. The project had a budget of 13.3 billion yuan.[4]

The completion of this project opened up possible extensions of the network further west and south into Nepal and to Yadong County, close to the border with Sikkim, India.[5] The exiled Central Tibetan administration in Dharamsala has claimed that the rail line will dilute the unique cultural identity of Tibetans by accelerating mass movement of Chinese migrants into Tibet.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "视频:青藏铁路延伸线拉日铁路今日开工". CCTV. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  2. ^ http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/08/c_132219340.htm
  3. ^ "Tibet railway opens to Xigaze". Railway Gazette. August 15, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://chinatibet.people.com.cn/8101821.html
  5. ^ Extension plans. Retrieved June 28, 2006
  6. ^ "Lhasa-Shigatse rail line threatens cultural identity of Tibet". news.biharprabha.com. IANS. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

Scenery along the Lhasa-Shigatse Railway