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World’s Highest Rail Track Reaches Everest Gateway City


CNN — The world’s highest railway rolls even closer to Mount Everest this month when China inaugurates a stretch of track connecting the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Shigatse.

Traversing valleys, mountains and crossing the glacier-fed Brahmaputra River, the line takes in breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and majestic plateaus as it wends from the territory’s capital to its second city.

The track is an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet line — an engineering marvel named the “closest stretch of railway to the sky” after it first carried passengers above 5,000 meters 16,404 feet in 2006.


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