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New highway to link Qamdo with Tibet’s highest-altitude airport
update:March 14,2018

Mar. 14, 2018 -- The construction of the Qamdo-Bamda Airport section of the National Highway 214, linking Tibet's highest-altitude airport at an elevation of 4,334 meters to Qamdo city, started recently.

With a driving distance of 120 kilometers, it takes more than two hours from the airport to the city. The travel time will be cut by half after the completion.

The highway will also facilitate communication between east Tibet and the outside.

The first phase is to be completed within 24 months. 21 mega bridges, 11 medium bridges, 2 tunnels and 11 cross-river bridges will be built along the 26.9 kilometers highway with a design speed of 80km/h.

Tibet has already opened seven high-level roads including the Lhasa-Nyingchi road, with a total length of 660 kilometers.

By: Ma Wenhui

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