Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
BTW, it might be worth to point out what would be economically not viable projects even in China:

  • Chongqing–Xi'an: this would be yet another crossing of the mountains around Sichuan, but the little time saving compared to a travel on sections of two existing projects (the Chongqing–Lanzhou and Chengdu–Xi'an lines) made it pointless.
  • Hohhot–Lanzhou: there would be a third major city along the route, but it's an economically marginal region, so not enough demand.
  • Dalian–Yantai(–Qingdao): this would be an undersea tunnel even longer than between Ireland and England, and has been seriously proposed, but you'd need a demand similar to Beijing–Shanghai.
  • Taiwan Straits tunnel: this was again a serious proposal when relations were better, technically still viable, but economically, just LOL.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Sep 13th, 2015 at 05:58:36 PM EST
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