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China's Most Remote Airport Comes Closer to Lhasa

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 02/10/28; October 28, 2002.]

(Xinhua)

Xinhua is the official news agency of the Chinese government.

LHASA, Oct. 24 (XinhuaEnditem) -- The distance between Lhasa, the capital of the southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region, and Gongga Airport, China's highest airport, will be almost halved to 53 km when a gigantic infrastructure project is completed in 2004.

The project, including two highway bridges over the Lhasa and the Yarlung Zangbo rivers and a 2,426-meter-long tunnel, will havea total road length of 13.28 km, said Sun Benla, an official of the autonomous regional development planning committee.

Construction of the two bridges and the tunnel will cost a total of 650 million yuan (78.3 million US dollars). The whole project is expected to be completed by the end of 2004. Early preparations for the project have been completed.

It currently takes one and a half hours to travel the 98-km journey from Lhasa to the airport.


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