The first 13 km of China’s newest tramway started public service on 1 October 2020, the country’s national day. Mengzhi is located in the Hani-Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Honghe in Southwestern China’s Yunnan Province. The first route should be extended to a total of 18 km length adding another 9 stops to the 15 stations nowin service. The first route runs from the Northern railway station cross-town to the central Bus interchange. In the mid-term a four-routes network of 62 km is planned and partially under construction. Total investment is approx 6.6 billion yuan (approx 820 Mio. EUR).
CRRC Nanjing Puzhen is supplying a fleet of 34 low-floor light rail vehicles equipped with supercapacitors for intermittent overhead supply via shorter streches of catenary, mainly at stations. The trams were designed on purpose by “Diaradesign” taking into account the attractive surroundings of the Honghe area with the typical rice terraces.
A network map is available here: http://www.urbanrail.net/as/cn/mengzi/mengzi.htm02.10.2020