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Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Monday, May 03 2021 - 13:41
CGTN: Amazing Roads: Get to know China's most exceptional expressways
BEIJING, May 3,2021/PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

In October 1988, the Shanghai-Jiading Expressway, the first in the Chinese 
mainland, officially opened to traffic. With this milestone, the development of 
China's highway network got on the fast track. Now, the total mileage of 
highways in China has reached over 160,000 kilometers, ranking first in the 

Join CGTN on a road trip as we explore and get to know the most notable 
expressways in the country.

The first in Chinese mainland – Shanghai-Jiading Expressway

The high-speed section of the Shanghai-Jiading Expressway starts from the south 
of Shanghai's downtown area to Jiading District, with a total length of 15.9 
km. The construction of this expressway accounts for 56 percent of the 
passenger and freight traffic on the Huyi Highway between the urban area and 
Jiading. It provides a good template for the construction of highways in other 
cities in China.

The busiest – Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao Expressway

The Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao Expressway starts from the Chinese capital and 
extends to the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, stretching 
over 2,285 km.

Called the "Golden Channel," it is the busiest artery of north-south traffic in 
China running between some of China's most economically developed areas.

The longest – Lianyungang-Khorgos Expressway

The Lianyungang-Khorgos Expressway opened to traffic on December 31, 2014 with 
a total length of 4,395 km extending from the eastern coast of Jiangsu Province 
to the western border of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It boasts the title 
of the "longest expressway in China" and is an important traffic artery along 
the Belt and Road.

Thanks to this highway, a freight truck setting out from Lianyungang now takes 
10 days to reach Europe, crossing plains, mountains, plateaus and deserts. By 
sea, the trip from the same starting point to the same destination would have 
taken 45 days.

The Lianyungang-Khorgos Expressway is rich in cultural treasures. There are 24 
national 5A scenic spots along the way, including the Terracotta Warriors, 
Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple, making it a good choice for a road trip.

The longest expressway passing through desert – Beijing-Urumqi Expressway

The Beijing-Urumqi Expressway has a total length of 2,540 km and passes through 
five provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. It opened up the fastest 
route from northwest China's Khorgos in Xinjiang to the northern port city of 

The 930-km section of the Beijing-Urumqi Expressway in Inner Mongolia is a 
desert zone, which makes this expressway the longest highway in the world 
passing through the desert.

The most difficult construction – Shanghai-Chongqing Expressway

The Shanghai-Chongqing Expressway is 1,768 km long and opened to traffic in 
2010. It is China's first expressway that runs through the Yangtze River Delta 

The section passes through the central province of Hubei and has an average 
altitude of 1,100 meters. The complicated geological conditions made this 
expressway extremely difficult to construct.

The Shanghai-Chongqing Expressway shortened the transport of hotpot ingredients 
from Chongqing Municipality in the country's southwest to Shanghai on China's 
eastern coast from three days to just 17 hours.

Highest honor award – Jing-Wu-Huang (Chang) Expressway

The Jing-Wu-Huang (Chang) Expressway has a total length of about 152 km. This 
Y-shaped expressway connects the three eastern provinces of Jiangxi, Anhui and 

Although the road is not long, natural landscapes and cultural assets are in 
abundance along the way.

Engineers steered clear from ancient villages, rivers, and rare bird habitats 
and none of the hundreds of century-old camphor trees along the route were 
damaged. For this it won the highest award in China's civil engineering – the 
Zhan Tianyou Award.


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