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· Highways
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· Qinghai-Tibet Railway
· Oil Pipeline Transportation
· Posts and Telecommunications

On July 1, 2006, the opening to traffic of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the key project of western development, finally provided Tibet with access to a railway. It helped Tibet form increasingly integrated transportation system comprising railway, civil aviation and highways, which greatly improved transportation capacity and reduced the cost of materials transported to and from the region. In 2006, Tibet moved 3.5963 million tons of goods, a fall of 2.7 percent from 2005, including 3.46 million tons of goods transported via highways, down 3.1 percent; 21,000 tons of goods via railways; 10,800 tons of goods via aviation, up 42.8 percent; and 114,000 tons of goods via pipelines, down 3.0 percent. Meanwhile, the year also saw a volume of passenger traffic of 6.0561 million person times, registering an increase of 26.3 percent, including 4.448 million person-times via highways, up 25.1 percent; 279,000 person times via railways; 1.2291 million person times via aviation, up 19.5 percent.

In 2006, Tibet used 4.058 billion Yuan for construction of highways.
Tibet has Lhasa Konggar Airport, Qamdo Bangdam Airport and Nyingchi Airport, with 14 flight routes leading to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xi'an and Xining, and so on, one international route to Katmandu, as well as charter flights to Hong Kong. In July 2006, the passenger transportation by air entered a new period of high-speed development alongside with the opening to traffic of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. In 2006, Tibet handled 1.2291 million person-times by air, an increase of 19.5 percent, and 10,800 tons of cargo, up 42.8 percent.
Qinghai-Tibet Railway
Since its successful trial run on July 1, 2006, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway has served as an economical and high-speed transportation passage on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, greatly reducing the cost of regional economic development.
Oil Pipeline Transportation
The oil pipeline from Golmud to Lhasa is the only pipeline transportation route in Tibet, with a total investment of 232.94 million Yuan and a total length of 1,080 km.
Posts and Telecommunications
Since the 1980s, the Tibet Autonomous Region has speeded up the construction of posts and telecommunications. Lhasa has joined the international and domestic automatic telephone network, and through program-controlled telephones, people can directly dial various places in China and more than 180 countries and regions.
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