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Chola Mountain Tunnel on Sichuan-Tibet Highway Opened to Tourists

Chola Mountain Road Tunnel on Sichuan-Tibet HighwayCHOLA Mountain Tunnel, the highest road tunnel in the world opened to tourists who plan to travel overland from Chengdu to Lhasa by G317 Sichuan-Tibet Highway on Tuesday, 15 years after the project was started.
 
The two-way tunnel has a speed limit of 40 kilometers per hour and takes around 10 minutes to pass through. Previously travelers spent more than 2 hours driving around the mountain on a road threatened by landslides, blizzards and slippery ice.
 
In Tibetan, the name Chola means mountains so high that eagles cannot fly over them. The peak stands at 6,168 meters above sea level and is covered with snow eight months of the year.
 
The Chola Mountain Tunnel project, which cuts through Chola Mountain on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, consists of a 7-km tunnel and more than 5 km of auxiliary roads. Located above 4,000 meters, its length, the thin air and low temperatures at that altitude all contributed to the complexity of the construction.
 
A feasibility study started in 2002 and it took eight years for experts to finalize a plan before construction began in 2012. The project costs about 1.28 billion Chinese yuan, according to Wang Qiang, head of the transport bureau in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, which administrates the project area.
 
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