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The spirit of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway builders December 2, 2020

The spirit of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway builders

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway extends 1,956 km from Xining in Qinghai Province to Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The construction was conducted in two phases: the Xining-Golmud section was completed in 1984 and the Golmud-Lhasa section was completed in 2006. It is the world’s longest plateau railway at the highest altitude, and also the most challenging construction project in railroad history. Its completion hinged on China’s economic and technological strengths, and the powerful moral support of numerous workers.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway builders were inspired by a courageous will to challenge their own physical and mental limits and build a plateau railway of the best possible quality. To this end, the engineers tackled such problems as permafrost, shortage of oxygen in the alpine regions, and a vulnerable eco-environment – three problems as tough as any faced by railroad engineers anywhere in the world.