On 8 November 2020, General Secretary Xi Jinping made important instructions on the construction of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway. Facing with the complex geological and climatic conditions, as well as fragile ecological environment along the project line, and rarely-seen difficulties of construction, the railway builders should carry forward the spirit of the “Two Roads” and the spirit of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to carry out the construction in a scientific, safe and eco-friendly way and advance the construction with high quality, so as to make new contributions to fully building a modern socialist country.
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, opened to traffic on July 1, 2006, was built on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters. The1956-kilometer railway is known as the "Steel Avenue on the Roof of the World". The construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway was a widely recognized "extreme challenge" in the world at that time. However,the researchersobserved the permafrost for decades; the surveyors risked their lives making dozens ofjourneys to no man's land; the medical workerscreated the miracle of“zero death” in the "forbiddenzone oflife";the workers are of courage and skills in the railway construction andthe supervisors strictly oversaw the construction of the railway. Permafrost, ecological frangibility, high-cold and oxygen deficit—the three worldwide problems for plateau railway construction were solved by them one by one.
The spiritual fire ofthe Qinghai-Tibet Railway has kindled the dreams and aspirations of several generations. In their great engineering practices, the builders of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway have created the spirit of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway of "pushing the limit to be the first-class". They overcame the limitations of the natural environment and natural disasters, inspiring the young people to create and work tirelessly, unite and cooperate to chase their dreams.
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is a magical sky road, a road of unity, prosperity and happiness for the peopleof the Plateau. With amazing perseverance and courage, the builderson the snow-covered plateau made one after another brilliant achievements of China’s railwayconstructionon the "Roof of the World" and created many miracles in the history of human construction. This is a concrete manifestation of the Chinese people's character of unremitting self-improvement, and it is also an unprecedented great feat in the history of railway construction.