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Old October 2nd, 2012, 11:50 AM   #2141
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Well, they did open approximately 1.400 kilometers of new expressways last week.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 01:49 PM   #2142
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Incredible job!!!How could they do it ?
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 04:18 PM   #2143
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Many hands make light work

Not just talking about length Chris... but width

Many Chinese express way's only seems to be 2x2 when in all honesty a country with China's population density should not even be considering anything less than 3x3... at least for the eastern half.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 04:23 PM   #2144
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They have widened some of the early main routes to more lanes in recent years. The main routes between the largest cities were constructed first, often in the late 1990s with only 2x2 lanes. Some of them have been widened to 2x4 lanes.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 04:58 PM   #2145
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A lot of these new build highway's seem to be 2x2 though.

It seems like a little bit of money saved now for a much bigger expense later on... especially where tunnels are concerned.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 05:20 PM   #2146
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Most expressways that have been constructed since 2005 could be considered as a secondary network. The largest metropolitan areas have already been connected by motorways before 2005, so they are currently mainly constructing secondary routes within the network. A lot of them are provincial expressways that connect chiefly to mid-size cities. Some of the new (provincial) routes are still being constructed with 2x3 lanes, especially in the eastern plains south of Beijing.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 06:08 PM   #2147
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I see...

Still the Chinese idea of a "mid-sized city" and ours may differ vastly
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 05:20 AM   #2148
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What's the total length of expressways in China now?
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Old October 5th, 2012, 04:33 AM   #2149
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xinjiang expressway west China 8:20 amazing bridge
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The bridge @ 1:40 is more impressive.
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Old October 5th, 2012, 06:55 AM   #2150
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Looking through the thread and there are some true gems:

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Pics are scary. Even though china is developing it is still communist and in 5 more years India will be Number 1 economy in the World. Now it is in the fourth. India is a democray!!


Along with a ton of people saying "nothing special." For the most part it's normal infrastructure, the visually impressive transport infrastructure is with the high-speed rail.
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Old October 5th, 2012, 08:37 AM   #2151
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Looking through the thread and there are some true gems:



Along with a ton of people saying "nothing special." For the most part it's normal infrastructure, the visually impressive transport infrastructure is with the high-speed rail.
But is it democray?
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Old October 5th, 2012, 09:08 AM   #2152
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that bridge...

soooo strange to see such a bridge with such mountains instead of a flat water surface
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Old October 5th, 2012, 11:58 AM   #2153
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This motorway needs to make almost 1000 m of altitude difference in just 25 km of air distance.
https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=44.4...28374&t=p&z=12
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Old October 6th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #2154
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But is it democray?
In practice, more than you think! Anyhow, it's more about economics.


Heard on All Things Considered

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Old October 7th, 2012, 04:46 AM   #2155
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Looking through the thread and there are some true gems:



Along with a ton of people saying "nothing special." For the most part it's normal infrastructure, the visually impressive transport infrastructure is with the high-speed rail.
That's guy is a troll. BTW it doesn't make sense to bring back very old post for discussion.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #2156
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I was wasting time reading through the entire thread. It's interesting to see how attitudes change. Compared to now, China in 2005 was rather undeveloped. Incredible progress!
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Old October 7th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #2157
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I hope noone would mind if I drop in my little photo report from a trip between Hangzhou and Shanghai.

Photos taken from a bus

Route (Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport - Shanghai Nanpu Bridge):
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Untitled by jo.sau, on Flickr

As can be seen on the map, there are at least three direct expressway routes from Hangzhou to Shanghai. We're taking the middle one (G60) which goes along the new HSR train line. It's quite a sight to see those trains passing to either direction every few minutes..


Somewhere around Hangzhou
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Views around the expressway
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Urbanization China style
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Cutting the corner of Hangzhou and going towards G60
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This is the kind of traffic conditions you have to face in some places
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Signs
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Part of Hangzhou ring road. I'm not an expert but I would say this road needs widening
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Old October 7th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #2158
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G60 Hangzhou-Shanghai

Will be turning to the main G60 route
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That elevated bridge is the new high-speed railway between Shanghai and Hangzhou
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CRH train overtaking us
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Old October 7th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #2159
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G60 Hangzhou-Shanghai

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Traffic was, in fact, not that busy. There is only one major problem - driving culture. Drivers act on the road as if someone has kicked them in the head. No such thing as lane discipline of any kind, everyone drives at any speed on any lane. Lots of space for improvement here
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Tongxiang HSR railway station
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Old October 7th, 2012, 07:00 PM   #2160
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G60 Hangzhou-Shanghai

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Services area
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