The China Railway Corporation (CRC) has invited tenders for the survey and design of a project of a railway between Chizhou and Huangshan, both renowned destinations in East China’s Anhui Province.
The high-speed rail will join the under-construction line linking Huangshan with Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang Province, and also connect the intercity railway from Anhui’s Anqing to Nanjing, capital of East China’s Jiangsu Province, according to the bidding notice.
“We have been doing preparations for the project, and it has been included in the national 13th Five-Year Plan on Railway Construction. A tentative feasibility report is being drawn up for it,” said Cheng Yu, deputy director of the Huangshan Railway Office.
The railway will give a boost to the tourism market in Yangtze River Delta cities from Wuhan to Hangzhou, Huangmin, assistant general manager of the CRC noted. He also called for the acceleration of the project to make sure it could be among Anhui’s first ground-breaking 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) projects.
The rail is designed to pass Jiuhua Mountain, one of China’s major Buddhist destinations, Taiping Lake and Huangshan Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Currently, Huangshan is a stop for four high-speed railways: the in-operation Hefei-Fuzhou railway, the under-construction Hangzhou-Huangshan railway, the Huangshan-Nanchang railway which has entered the survey and design stage and the Chizhou-Huangshan rail.