Key Section of China-Laos Railway Track-laying has been completed in the ongoing construction of the Laos’s Capital Vientiane to the historic City of Luang Prabang on Tuesday morning, major step towards full opening to traffic of the line by end of 2021.

The China-Laos Railway is a landmark project of the “Belt & Road” embodying the profound China-Laos Friendship. Presently, the major projects of the tunnels, bridges and subgrades along the railway line have been basically completed and capping of main station buildings have been concluded.

Since the track-laying started on March 27 this year, 240 kilometers of the main track has been laid from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, accounting for 57 percent of the total length of the Laos section.

The China-Laos Railway starts from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, to Laos capital Vientiane, consisting of a domestic section and a Lao section. The section within the Laos has a total length of 422.4 kilometers. The whole line has adopted the Chinese technical standards, and used Chinese equipments directly connecting with the Chinese Railway Network.

After the completion and operation of the China-Laos Railway, passengers can leave in the morning and arrive in late afternoon from Kumming to Vientiane.

This is of great significance for promoting the interconnection between China and Laos, conducive to the construction of the “Belt & Road Initiative” as well as Laos’ development strategy of “turning a land-locked into a land-union Country.”

Nearly half of the Railway line is taken up by tunnels through the mountains. And the trains will travel over dozens of bridges. The Project, carried out by China Railway Construction Engineering Group started in December 2016, and is scheduled to be operational by the end of next year.