Xinjiang Heruo Railway officially opened for operation
- The total length of the ring line of the Taklimakan Desert Railway is 2,712 kilometers
At 10:53 on June 16, 2022, the Hotan-Ruoqiang railway will be put into operation, and the distance between Hotan and Ruoqiang will be 11 hours and 26 minutes. Xinjiang's railway network has been further improved, forming the world's first desert railway loop -- the 2,712-kilometer-long Taklimakan Desert railway loop.
The Heruo Railway opened to traffic this time is a national key railway construction project. It starts from the Ruoqiang Station of the Geku Railway in the east and runs westward along the northern foot of the Kunlun Mountains and the southern edge of the Taklimakan Desert. Finally, it reaches Hetian Station of Kahe Railway, with a total length of 825.476 kilometers and a design speed of 120 kilometers per hour. It is a national class I single-track railway.Editor/Ma Xue