China to build Mekong bridge in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is set on the banks of the Mekong River
Luang Prabang is set on the banks of the Mekong River

A Chinese company is planning to build a bridge across the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, the UNESCO-listed city in northern Laos, as part of the new Trans-Asian Railway network.

The Vientiane Times reports that a construction company will travel from China to Luang Prabang soon to decide on the best location for the rail bridge. It is expected to span the Mekong – Southeast Asia’s longest river – within the city, but not in the UNESCO-protected centre.

The bridge will form an important part of the US$6 billion Laos-China Railway, which will stretch 427km from the countries’ shared border in the north of Laos to Vientiane and the Thai border further  south. The line will feature a total of 170 bridges and 72 tunnels.

The Lao section of track will eventually stretch up to Kunming in the north and down to Bangkok and Singapore in the south, as part of the Trans-Asian Railway network.

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