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China to make the longest undersea tunnel starting in 2015

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Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2014 10:44 PM by AlexMuller

China is planning another engineering marvel: the world’s longest tunnel, built under the sea. The 123-kilometre tunnel will be more than twice the length of the Channel Tunnel (50 kilometers) that connects the U.K. and France, China’s latest mega project is not short of ambition.

 

It will run between the northern city of Dalian and Yantai, on the east coast. There will be three bores. One for high speed rail, one for cars and another for maintenance. “Work could begin as early as 2015 or 2016,” said Wang Mengshu, an expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The new tunnel will knock more than 1280 kilometres off the current journey between the two cities.

 
It will also form a vital link in a high-speed rail line from China’s frozen north to the tropical island of Hainan, in the south. China has completed constructing one of its longest tunnels which will help it build a rail link with Pakistan.
 
The completed tunnel runs 22.24 km in the mountainous Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and will reduce the distance between Turpan with Korla in southern Xinjiang by 122 km. At present the distance between these two points on the Nanjiang Railway is 334 km.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
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Very ambitious project and also very practical and useful undertaking. This will help both China's reputation and everyday transport needs- great
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
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It seems that this tunnel is part of China's efforts to prepare the relatively backward Xinjiang to take advantage of the planned China-Pakistan economic corridor. Some long-term plans and bigger economic picture are important to follow this development Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
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This is very exciting news! I really find encouraging that China will go ahead with such enormous and grand engineering projects. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-07
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China has been developing very fast. Chinese hardware industry experienced viral growth in 2013, while new hardware companies mushroomed and both Internet giants and startups swarmed the sector. You would expect that they will put a lot into engineering also. Reply


 

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