As the section of the China-Laos Railway that is within Chinese territory, the Yuxi-Mohan railway will serve as a significant link for China to reach land-locked Laos.
In addition to helping promote the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA), the railway will also greatly benefit the local economy and the people in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
For decades, local fruit growers have complained about the crumbling roads that have impeded them from efficiently transporting fruits to other regions in China.
Once the 508.5-km-railway is finished, it will take just three hours to go by train from Kunming, capital city of Yunnan Province, to the southern tip of the province’s Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. The railway will take four to five hours off the current time of getting there by coach, which many tourists have to do in order to visit the lush tropical tourist attraction.
Zhang Dan in Yuxi