China is extending its high-speed rail network to the western province of Qinghai.
Construction of the Chengdu-Xining high-speed line will commence by end of this year, stretching 800km through the western provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai. The line will feature stops in such cities as Lanzhou, Tianshui, Mianyang and Deyang.
Trains will operate at speeds of up to 200kph, reducing the overland travelling time between Chengdu and Xining to just five hours, compared to the current 20.
Qinghai already forms part of the Lanzhou-Urumqi high-speed rail line, the most westerly stretch of the network.
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