Qinghai-Tibet Railway in Good Operation
   2006-07-11 08:49:15       CRIENGLISH.com
The Qinghai-Tibet railway, the first to connect the inland Tibet Autonomous Region with the rest of China, remains in good operation since its opening on July 1st.

Vice-Minister of Railways Sun Yongfu says in the past 10 days, all trains on the new line ran safely and on schedule. 

"Everything is on the right track. Passengers are satisfied with the service and astonished by the landscape of the Plateau."

Sun adds comprehensive surveys have been conducted on the climate, environment and eco-system of the plateau. And so far, there are no water pollution or land erosion in the area; nor has any vegetation been wrecked, animal migration hindered, or scenery ruined.

The Chinese government has put environmental protection ahead of the ambitious railway project to ensure that the new line is "harmonious with the ecology."

The minister also notes the need to strengthen medical service for passengers, as well as those staffing both the train and railway stations, as most suffer altitude sickness.

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