China State Railway Group, also known as China Railway (CR), reportedly has plans to operate bullet trains to Tibet before July.

This will mark the start of high-speed train services to all mainland provincial-level regions.

CR board chairman Lu Dongfu was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying that Fuxing high-speed trains, powered by both electricity and internal combustion, will operate on a 435km rail track to the provincial capital of Lhasa.

Construction on the railway line, which will link Lhasa with Nyingchi in eastern Tibet, commenced in 2014.

The track-laying work was finished by the end of last year.

Marking the first electrified railroad in Tibet, this railway project will start its operations in June.

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According to Tibet Railway Construction Company, a subsidiary of China State Railway Group, the high-speed trains will operate at a speed of 160km/h.

The country is aiming to extend the total length of its high-speed train network from 37,900km to approximately 50,000km by 2025.

This railway network will pass through 98% of cities.

Lu also said that the country’s self-developed Fuxing trains are currently running at speeds ranging between 160km/h and 350km/h.

China is developing a railway network in the south-east Tibet Autonomous Region, in an attempt to connect its remote areas with the Chinese mainland.

After the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet, covering the south-east of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.