Ti­betan wa­ter to reach in­land by char­ter train

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A train full of Ti­betan bot­tled wa­ter left Lhasa, cap­i­tal of South­west China's Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion, and headed for the city of Ningbo in eastern China's Zhe­jiang prov­ince Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

It is the first of a reg­u­lar set of cargo trains to bring bot­tled drink­ing wa­ter from Ti­bet to China's in­land ar­eas. Car­ry­ing 1,890 tonnes of bot­tled wa­ter in 35 car­riages from Ti­bet, the one-way train will travel 4,500 kilo­me­ters and reach its des­ti­na­tion in six days.

Ti­bet, of­ten called Asia's Wa­ter Tower, is rich in wa­ter re­sources. It pro­duced over 400,000 tonnes of nat­u­ral drink­ing wa­ter in 2015, but high trans­port costs made it dif­fi­cult to reach the in­land mar­ket.

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