China has opened the world’s highest civilian airport in a Tibetan region of Sichuan province.
The airport is situated 4,411 metres above sea level.
The airport will initially connect only with Chengdu, but in doing so it will cut travel times between the regions from two days to just a matter of hours.
Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing will be connected at a later date.
The airport cost $1.58 billion Yuan (over $300m AUD) to build and will accommodate 280,000 travellers each year.
The nearby Yading Nature Reserve is renowned for being untouched and it is hoped that tourism to this reason will be opened up by the construction of this new airport.
The airport has a dual purpose in creating access for military troops to be brought into the region.
Tibet and China have an ongoing conflict regarding sovereignty and political unrest continues to boil.
This new access route will make it much easier for China to maintain control of Tibet because of an increased military capability.