Two 25-meter-long rails were laid at the foot of the Tanggula mountain range in Amdo County of Tibet at a ceremony marking the beginning of construction on the Tibet portion of a 1,142-kilometer railway linking Golmud City in Qinghai Province and Lhasa, Tibet's capital. At its highest point the Qinghai-Tibet Railway will rise 5,070 meters above sea level, making it the highest railway link in the world. The US$3.16 billion railway is scheduled to be completed in 2007.
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