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Tourist Train for Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to Be Launched
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People are expected to view the beautiful scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, dubbed "roof of the world," in luxurious train by 2007, according to a framework agreement signed in Beijing Saturday.


The agreement, signed between the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Corporation and the Rail Partners Inc. The two firms will set up a joint venture on operation of the tableland tour scheme.


The train will run 2,040 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.


It will take three days to complete the one-way travel. Stations are built near scenery spots, according to the Qinghai-Tibet Corporation.


As oxygen is thin in the region, trains, including sleeping cars, dining car and sightseeing cars, will be equipped with oxygen system for those who need.


Rubbish disposal system will also be installed in trains running on the route to prevent local environment from being polluted.


The 1,142-km-long section of Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Golmud to Lhasa has been completed on Oct. 12, 2005 and is scheduled to open to traffic on July 1, 2006.


(Xinhua News Agency December 11, 2005)

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