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Tibet’s Zhangmu port expected to reopen
By:en.tibetol.cn
update:September 02,2016
Sept. 2, 2016 -- Zhangmu port, an important trading port of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, is expected to reopen after the deadly earthquake last year.
 
Located at the Tibet-Nepal border, Zhangmu (Khasa) is a prosperous trading port where about 90 percent of the trade between China and Nepal take place. However, the earthquake on Apr.25, 2015 destroyed he whole town. 
 
After the earthquake, all residents including merchants retreated from the town. Zhangmu has nearly become a ghost town.
 
"Zhangmu is like my second hometown. I hope it could be reopened soon," said Jiang Shujun, a merchant who returned to the town to do business after the quake.
 
"There are a lot of challenges in the reconstruction of the town. The earth of Zhangmu changed a lot because of the quake. Now floods and landslides are likely to occur after rainfalls," said Wang Xiangui, an official who guarded the town. 
 
Despite of challenges, recounstruction work is still under way.
 
By: Qu Yungui  Liu Qiang
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