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China flags off new rail link to Myanmar

New rail line links Dali – seen here – with Baoshan, part of the proposed trans-Asia railway.
New rail line links Dali – seen here – with Baoshan, part of the proposed trans-Asia railway. Photo Credit: GettyImages/Noa

It may not be as high-speed as those bullet trains that whoosh through Japan but a new rail line in China that provides a link to Myanmar is nevertheless an important step in the proposed trans-Asia railway.

China last month opened the 133km Dali-Baoshan section of the planned 330km rail corridor to Ruili, a city close to the Myanmar border.

The 140km/hr single track electric railway - construction started in 2008 - is likely to be on the wish list of rail-obsessed travellers. The track passes through impressive mountain ranges, crosses rivers and valleys and includes long tunnels to offset the impact of strong cross winds.

China National Railway is operating seven passenger return trips per day, three running from Kunming to Baoshan and four from Dali to Baoshan.

The line passes through several ethnic minority areas which will likely feature on the bucket list of intrepid travellers.

Meanwhile, the China-Laos railway opened in December last year, a 414km track running between the Laotian capital Vientiane and the town of Boten on the Chinese border.

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