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Old December 3rd, 2015, 10:00 PM   #3081
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G1112 imagery is mainly from the first half of 2014 (hence, over 1.5 years old) and shows earthworks and some first stage construction of bridges. It could be opened soon I guess.
It opened on 30 November:

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A 98 kilometer segment of the Ji'an - Shuangliao Expressway (Jishuang Expressway) opened to traffic in Jilin province. It runs from G11 at Tonghua to G1212 near Dongfeng. The construction cost was 7 billion yuan (€ 1 billion) and the project took 3 years to complete.

http://www.kaixian.tv/gd/2015/1203/89944.html
In my experience Baidu Maps is very much up-to-date with new expressways. They usually show up within the same day of opening.
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Old December 4th, 2015, 12:09 AM   #3082
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A 39 kilometer segment of the Yulin - Lantian Expressway (Yulan Expressway) opened to traffic in Shaanxi province. It runs from G30 at Weinan to G40 east of Lantian. It is an extension of what was formerly known as the Weipu Expressway. Construction took a little over two years.

http://weinan.hsw.cn/system/2015/1202/23581.shtml
Fail, there is no G69E (although it's true the expressway is East of G69). It is G65E, the recognized parallel expressway of G65, unlike the so-called G65W.
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Old December 4th, 2015, 01:13 AM   #3083
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It opened on 30 November:



In my experience Baidu Maps is very much up-to-date with new expressways. They usually show up within the same day of opening.
Ah alright, so whatever Baidu Maps shows as open is accurate in that area?
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Old December 4th, 2015, 11:18 AM   #3084
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Fail, there is no G69E (although it's true the expressway is East of G69). It is G65E, the recognized parallel expressway of G65, unlike the so-called G65W.
Sorry, it was just a typo, no need to go all 'fail' on people.
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Old December 11th, 2015, 04:32 PM   #3085
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Qingshui River Bridge, Guizhou

Another Guizhou marvel, the Qingshuihe Bridge near Weng'an. It's part of the G69 Yinbai Expressway according to Chinese Wikipedia. It is planned to open by Christmas. The bridge deck is a stunning 406 meters above the valley floor.

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Old December 12th, 2015, 12:25 PM   #3086
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Old December 12th, 2015, 09:17 PM   #3087
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Another Guizhou marvel, the Qingshuihe Bridge near Weng'an. It's part of the G69 Yinbai Expressway according to Chinese Wikipedia. It is planned to open by Christmas. The bridge deck is a stunning 406 meters above the valley floor.

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Old December 12th, 2015, 09:43 PM   #3088
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Ya'an ~~ Xichang Expressway in Sichuan Province
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Old December 12th, 2015, 11:02 PM   #3089
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Brilliant driving style, I've seen a lot but this is brand new level
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In this and other videos, Chinese drivers look a bit... creative.
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Old December 30th, 2015, 01:31 PM   #3091
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As you may have noticed, the 'motorway openings around the world' thread has been overloaded with Chinese expressways openings.

I've counted 2773 kilometers of new expressways that opened since 19 December. And most of this is only like 4 or 5 provinces, so there may be a lot more to open today and tomorrow that is not reported yet.
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Old December 30th, 2015, 03:20 PM   #3092
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Guangdong

Guangdong completed most of its missing main routes of expressway today and tomorrow.

* G35 Jiguang Expressway (99 km): 31 December
* G45 Daguang Expressway (182 km): 31 December
* G65 Baomao Expressway (122 km): 30 December

It's interesting to observe that a large populous province with a huge expressway system lacked three national routes for a relatively long time compared to the rest of the system. The priority was obviously more in the Pearl River Delta.

So far it has been reported that 700 kilometers of new expressway opened in Guangdong on 30 and 31 December.
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Old December 30th, 2015, 05:00 PM   #3093
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I'm surprised they didn't built G45 between Longnan and Conghua before (Although the section between Longnan and the Jiangxi/Guangdong border has been open for a while now). But I really need to see the G18 completed to G6 near Wuhai.

And as every year end, the motorway openings thread is flooded with Chinese openings. Same applies to metros, I've seen 160 km of new tracks opening in December alone.
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Old December 31st, 2015, 07:52 PM   #3094
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December 2015 opening bonanza

So far 4400 kilometers of expressway has opened in the past two weeks (since 18 December).

There could be more reports of expressway openings, Baidu Maps shows more expressways have opened than news reports indicate, maybe they jumped the gun on some openings, but it's also possible more expressways have opened in the past week that aren't reported yet.

In the past few years the final tally didn't become clear until well into January.
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Old January 1st, 2016, 02:01 PM   #3095
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A drone video of the amazing Aizhai Bridge in Hunan. The bridge opened to traffic in 2012 and has a 1146 meter long span. The bridge deck is 350 meters above the valley floor. The G65 Baomao Expressway runs across it.

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Old January 1st, 2016, 02:18 PM   #3096
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The incredible bridges of Guizhou province:




And the amazing Balinghe Bridge:

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2015 expressway length by province

Some preliminary figures by china-highway.com

1. Guangdong 7018 km
2. Hubei 6500 km
3. Hebei 6333 km
4. Henan 6315 km
5. Shanxi 6050 km
6. Sichuan 6000 km
7. Hunan 5493 km
8. Jiangxi 5137 km
9. Shandong 5100 km
10. Guizhou 5100 km
11. Xinjiang 5000 km
12. Inner Mongolia 5000 km
13. Fujian 5000 km
14. Shaanxi 5000 km
15. Jiangsu 4600 km
16. Heilongjiang 4300 km
17. Guangxi 4289 km
18. Anhui 4200 km
19. Liaoning 4172 km
20. Yunnan 4000 km
21. Zhejiang 3884 km
22. Gansu 3600 km
23. Jilin 2629 km
24. Chongqing 2525 km
25. Ningxia 2000 km
26. Qinghai 1719 km
27. Tianjin 1103 km
28. Beijing 981 km
29. Shanghai 827 km
30. Hainan 757 km

Tibet is not mentioned, but they did not open new expressways this year apparently. Tibet ranks last with 38 km.

I think it's important to stress that these are preliminary figures, though some media reports have been issued about the 'end of year' expressway length in some provinces. Especially the round figures aren't too precise.

It would bring the total length of expressways in China to 124,670 kilometers.
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G56 Hangrui Expressway, Yunnan

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The westernmost 134 kilometers of the Hangzhou - Ruili (Hangrui) Expressway opened to traffic in southwestern Yunnan province. It runs from G5615 near Longling to Ruili, at the Myanmar border.

This segment already partially opened (72 km) as a 'trial opening' on 30 May 2015. It is now fully open to traffic.

It includes an interesting feature, where the expressway makes two U-turns to gain altitude west of Longling.

http://news.hexun.com/2016-01-01/181....html?from=rss
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It is a loop, not two U turns. Baidu (which recently has released a new version of its maps without messing it up like Google did) shows that.

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The eastern part of the Guiyang Ring Expressway in Guizhou province opened to traffic. It connects to G75 at both ends and replaces G75 as the eastern ring road of Guiyang. The new part is 40 kilometers long, of which 29 kilometers has not been reported yet (the remaining 11 km was reported as being part of the G69). It is likely that G69 also runs across the 29 km segment east of Guiyang.
This may mean a new, bigger ringroad around Guiyang is in the works. I thought G6001 already existed a bit closer to Guiyang city center...
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I thought it was a loop at first too, but if you look closely in Google Earth with the terrain altitude switched on, it shows that they are two U-turns. The expressway curves off to the left after the first U-turn (when driving east to west).

I've noticed that it sometimes looks like Baidu Maps is partially drawn by hand.



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