Beijing(AFP) - The last county in China to be accessible by modern land transport wasfinally linked up to the rest of the country Thursday with a new road that hastaken decades to build, state media said.
The19,000 people of deeply isolated Medog in southeastern Tibet, where the mightyBrahmaputra river -- known as the Yarlung Zangbo in China -- winds its waybetween towering Himalayan peaks, have until now had to depend on horses forland travel and trade.
The117-kilometre (73-mile) road took so long to build because of the precipitoustopography, China National Radio reported on its website.
Avalanchesand landslides also delayed the project, which includes a 3.3-kilometre tunnelthat turns a four-hour trek over a snow-capped mountain into a less than fourminute drive, it added.
Theroad is initially expected to be operational for eight months a year, statebroadcaster CCTV said.
Thearea is hit by more than 400 earthquakes annually so alternatives to the roadwill still be needed to ensure access, the China National Radio report said.
"Wewill surely have to construct more roads to Medog as it is an earthquake-pronearea," it quoted Tu Yunliang, one of the route's designers, as saying.
Criticsof Beijing's rule in Tibet say new infrastructure such as railways and airportsenable immigration by China's Han ethnic majority, exploitation of itsresources and consolidation of political control.
ButBeijing insists that such projects raise living standards in the remote region.
Doug 11hours ago
The USCalvary was never able to subdue the Apaches in Arizona until the railroadsmade it easy.
Just 18hours ago
willwe build a road for 19,000 residents and took over 50 years at elevation 4000meters?
David 19hours ago
Itsgreat China is moving forward to make modern roads because that is the futurefor transportation. China is moving to the future at a rapid pace. Keep goingChina, keep going :)
Will 14hours ago
I likewhat China is doing, "focus on the economic development, and let thosehaters hating". For whoever don't like to see China better, the louderthey bark, the further the proof that China is on the right path.
David 18hours ago
Lolthe critics of Beijing's rule in Tibet don't even live in Tibet so of coursethey will be against something like having roads... while they are enjoying thebenefits of having roads in some place like Washington...
Michael 16hours ago
If youstudy the picture for a short you will notice that most of the cars must havecome from the same boat, they all look the same except for the color and maybea few years difference in age. There is like 5 to six of the same car in everylane! Most seem to be taxis too. Even the larger trucks are painted the samecolor and are the same vintage.
Just spreading the pollution even farther around China, enjoy.
Why not clean up the pollution the cars produce which would go along waytowards better air quality for the people. Most of their newer autos producemore pollution than an older US car would here in the US. Ever seen whathappens to the cars from China when crash tested? its not a pretty sight.
PikachuB 8 hours ago
It'sTibet, not China. China simply administers it without the Tibetan people'spermission.
Erutpar 14hours ago
Nowall china needs to do is focus on improving it's horrific human rights. Humantrafficking is a major problem there. The government is also extremely corrupt.They force cheap labor on their citizens while to governors have overseasfinancial accounts, often moving to another country when they've leached enoughfrom their own country. Chinese are people who rip-off their own, nocamaraderie.
KinabaluC2T 19hours ago
Welldone, Chinese! You built roads and infrastructures with sweat and tears tobring betterment to all Chinese, including Tibetans. All the white barbariansdo is to bark like dogs and spit poison like snakes.
Jim 16hours ago
I'vebeen to China many times so I would not be surprised to see the kinds ofvehicles using this modern road in that area to be donkey carts and bicycles.China is still a largely 3rd world country.
TonyG 13hours ago
Isthis fact, China can say anything, and they are known for doing so. Not hatejust fact. I am sure the Chinese take all facts as hate since speaking of atotalitarian state, is talking about bad issues and control of its people.Someday the facts will Come forth into the minds of the people of China andthey will understand that enough is enough as being Voiceless servants.
MiniReid 19 hours ago
Criticscriticize for a living. When they start singing praises, that is when you knowyou are probably doing something wrong.
Cup oftea 16 hours ago
Critics?Who are they and where do they live? Can they even speak simple Tibet nativelanguage or just Indian flavor English?
When China doesn't do something, they blame Beijing trying to starve thepeople. When China does something, they blame Beijing for pollution anddestroying culture. How can these craps so inconsistent? BTW, the 'Tibets' fledChina with them now live a much poor life compare to those still in China. Eventhe west gave them billions of dollars.
December 16hours ago
japsis heading downward and china is going way up and up and up and away...