World's highest airport opens in Tibet

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    World's highest airport opens in Tibet

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    Tibetans taking pictures at Daocheng Yading airport: the move is part of China's policy of stabilising the area through economic development. Photograph: EPA

    Source: China starts flights at world's highest airport – gateway to Tibet | World news | theguardian.com
     
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    Daocheng and Yading are located in West Sichuan. Fabulous places for backpacking and photography.

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    It will also help moves troops and Internal Security Police faster.

    The area around is a hotbed of these splittists.

    Sorry if I look at issues more from the military and the security angle.
     
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    I've been Garzi a corridor of migration and mingling of different ethnic groups. A hotbed of unrest? That could be an overhyping with a few isolated immolations (masterminded from India)
    . The airport is of little military or policing significance in a sparsely populated area in btwn Sichuan and Tibet IMO. But quite a gospel for tourists who used to do self driving.

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    Those slopes are perfect for skiing, btw. Long, steep runs, light powder, and only 65 min away from Chengdu/Chongqing...
     
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    Life is cheap in China and so self immolation is only a minor issue.

    Life is even cheaper that requires no concern when it of Tibetan and Uighurs.

    The airport requires less monitoring, because the areas where the people who create 'minor' issues are totally isolated and policed and controlled!
     
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    Daocheng Yading Airport claims world record for highest altitude | News.com.au

     
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    To an old soldier, It must bring a great sadness to see his enemy is becoming stronger day by day.
     
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    But even McCain was able to forgive his Vietnamese captors...
     
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    not that close to my knowledge . also mountainous. meandering all the way... ever heard of a timeless folk song "Kangding love song" (Kangding qingge)? u sure know its whereabouts if yes.



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    Greater sadness is that the adversary remains as delusional as ever!
     
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    Never heard of the song. link?

    Tibet has tons of great mountains just waiting to be unlocked as ski or other tourist spots.
     
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    fine a classical folk song. again Daocheng Yading NOT in Tibet LOL

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    Blargh got confused with your other post.

    I know Yading isn't in the province; was referring to the plateau as a geographic feature (much like the Rockies or the Great Basin).
     
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    Daocheng Yading Airport has a single runway that is 4,200 m (13,800 ft) long and 45 m (148 ft) wide (class 4C). It has a 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) terminal building that is shaped like a UFO. It is designed to handle 280,000 passengers per year

    Here is a report.

     
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    A plane takes off from the terminal of Daocheng Yading Airport in Daocheng county of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, Sept. 16, 2013. Reuters

    China officially opened the world’s highest-altitude civilian airport Monday in a remote Tibetan-populated prefecture in southwestern Sichuan province. The Garzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s tourism bureau said the new 1.58 billion yuan ($258 million) airport would dramatically reduce the travel time from the provincial capital of Chengdu from two days by bus to just over an hour by plane.

    At 4,411 meters (14,472 feet) above sea level, the new Daocheng Yading Airport in Garzi overtook Qamdo Bamda Airport in Tibet, which sits at 4,334 meters (14,219 feet), to become the world’s highest for civilian aircraft. It opened Monday with daily flights between Daocheng and Chengdu.

    Chinese state media reported that the airport would offer routes connecting Daocheng with Chongqing Municipality, a southwest Chinese business hub, and Maerkang County, capital of Sichuan's Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, beginning in October. The government expects to roll out an expanded network of cities in 2014, including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an.

    China hopes the new airport can promote tourism at the Yading Nature Reserve in the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Xinhua News Agency reported. The state news agency called Yading “the last Shangri-La” and “the last pure land on the blue planet.”

    Daocheng Yading Airport took two years to complete, was designed to handle 280,000 passengers a year, and becomes the sixth airport in China’s Himalayan region. The facility is part of China’s greater multibillion-dollar plan to open up its “wild west” to the economic benefits of tourism.

    The Chinese government hopes to attract 15 million tourists and raise up to 2 billion yuan ($327 million) in tourism revenue in Tibetan regions by 2015. It claims new airports and development projects will increase employment opportunities for ethnic Tibetans and bring prosperity into one of China’s poorest areas.

    Yet, many residents of Garzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (and elsewhere along the Tibetan Plateau) chafe at Chinese political control. In fact, the region has been in the news over the past several years not for its crisp air and soaring vistas, but as the scene of numerous self-immolation protests against Chinese rule. As such, it remains under tight security and is sporadically closed to foreign visitors.

    With initial one-way tickets to Chengdu starting at 1,600 yuan ($260), the world’s highest airport is likely to be used almost exclusively by wealthy Chinese tourists, rather than the local population. Critics argue that the facility was also built with the dual purpose of easing access for military troops, who are often called upon in times of unrest.

    “This is no holiday destination,” Alistair Currie, spokesman for the campaign group Free Tibet, told the Telegraph when news of the new airport surfaced this summer. “What China does in Tibet, it does for China, not Tibet.

    “More than 95 percent of visitors to Tibet are Chinese, and business interests are dominated by Chinese immigrants or existing Chinese companies. The economic benefits of these kinds of developments almost always flow out of Tibet,” Currie added. “For China, Tibetan culture and landscape is a resource to be exploited.”

    Further infrastructure projects along the Tibetan Plateau include a seventh airport, a Swiss-style tourism town and a $4.7 billion theme park.

    World’s Highest Airport Part Of China’s Multibillion-Dollar Push Into Tibetan Plateau

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    The terminal looks real fantastic!

    The Chinese are serious about making all their buildings look attractive and interesting.
     
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    It's a must-go place
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    A fully loaded C-17 can take off from that one.
     
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