Chengdu is famous for being the home of the Chinese panda breeding program, so it seems entirely appropriate that the southwest city has a panda train to welcome international tourists on their return.
On June 26, the capital of Sichuan Province inaugurated the Zhongtang Air Railway, a sky train with a “glass” bottom that passengers can see through. It has 270 degree visibility because the top is not transparent. Travelers looking at the train from the front will notice that it is painted to resemble a panda.
The Dayi Air Rail Project is the first new overhead rail test line for energy tourism (translation: a suspended overhead train using lithium power packs as pulling power), and measures approximately 11.5 kilometers (approx. 7 miles).
The cars of the new Zhongtang Air Railway in Chengdu have transparent floors.
A maximum of 120 people can enter each car. Because glass can reflect heat, trains are air conditioned to balance it. It is made of lightweight carbon fiber materials.
The train can travel at about the same speed as a metro, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour.
Currently, the train line has four stops: Dayi Station, Guanghua Avenue, Sujiazhen Station, and Anren Station. In Dayi, passengers can connect to Chengdu Express Rail Line and Chengdu City Subway Planning Line 12.
Although the Zhongtang Air Railway is aimed more at tourist tourists than locals going to work, it is another feather in the hat of the Chinese rail network.
The train can travel about 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour.
Meanwhile, Tibet recently hosted its very first high-speed train service. A 435-kilometer (250-mile) rail line connecting the Tibetan capital Lhasa to the city of Nyingchi made its first trip on June 25.
Tibet, known as “the roof of the world,” is so high – 3,000 meters above sea level – that extra oxygen must be pumped into the cars so that train passengers can. endure the altitude.
Eventually, the line will extend from Lhasa to Chengdu, reducing transit time between the two cities from 48 hours to 13 hours.
Meanwhile, Chengdu recently opened its new Tianfu International Airport, which hosted its first flights on June 25. Chengdu is now the third Chinese city to have two international airports, joining Beijing and Shanghai.