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China opens last section of world’s first rail loop around desert

Employees of a garment factory in a village of Lop county, Hotan prefecture, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, show the clothes they just made with Atlas silk, a traditional type of silk in Xinjiang, April 20, 2022. (Photo by Maimaitiaili Ainiwaer/People’s Daily Online)

By Aldark

On June 16, the Hotan-Ruoqiang Railway in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, the last section of a 2,712-km rail loop line around China’s largest desert, the Taklimakan, opened to traffic.

The newly-opened railway, which links Hotan city, Hotan prefecture and Ruoqiang county, Bayingolin Mongolian autonomous prefecture of Xinjiang, has provided residents in Hotan prefecture’s Lop, Qira, Yutian, and Minfeng counties, and Bayingolin Mongolian autonomous prefecture’s Qiemo county with access to railway services for the first time in history.

The 825-km Hotan-Ruoqiang Railway runs through the…

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