China begins extension of Tibet railway

BEIJING — China has begun work on an extension of the railway network connecting Tibet with the rest of the country, state media reported Monday.
The spur line will link the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, with the region's second-largest city, Shigatse, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The 157-mile (253-kilometer) project is expected to take four years to complete and has a budget of 13.3 billion yuan ($1.95 billion), Xinhua said.
China opened the trunk line from Beijing to Lhasa in 2006 as part of a push to develop the Himalayan region's infrastructure. Beijing plans to open the world's highest-altitude airport next year in Tibet at Nagqu Dagring, located at 14,553 feet (4,436 meters).