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Old December 30th, 2017, 11:26 PM   #3421
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Yep, it will open from Ya'an right to that interchange. The bridge isn't finished yet. And I don't know how they will run the expressway west of that bridge to Kangding as there is a massive mountain range (highest point 6070 m). A tunnel straight through the mountains would be approximately 21 kilometers long. Earlier reports noted a 'tunnel group', which suggests a route closer to G318. Either way, it will be spectacular.
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Old December 30th, 2017, 11:49 PM   #3422
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There is also a considerable altitude gain after the bridge, about 900 m to Kangding and then another 1000 m right after that town. Gaining altitude is necessary as terrain after Kangding lies over 3500 m high.

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Old December 30th, 2017, 11:56 PM   #3423
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Garze is an autonomous prefecture. The town of Garze is not anywhere near this project (some 350 km to the northwest). Google Earth labels a Garze near Kangding, but the real Garze is along G317, 370 km by road from Kangding.

The Garzę Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is very large, almost as big as Hungary and Austria combined.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 12:41 AM   #3424
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There are a group of 9 tunnels from Luding to Kangding. They are under construction right now. It seems from news most of tunnels broke through this year.


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Old December 31st, 2017, 12:43 AM   #3425
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I see, then I mean Kangding instead of Garze - Google is to blame.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 01:39 AM   #3426
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Garze is an autonomous prefecture. The town of Garze is not anywhere near this project (some 350 km to the northwest). Google Earth labels a Garze near Kangding, but the real Garze is along G317, 370 km by road from Kangding.

The Garzę Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is very large, almost as big as Hungary and Austria combined.
Yup, they label Garze/Ganzi near Kangding because Kangding is the seat of Garze Tibetan/Ganzi Zangzu, and in China county seats get referred to with the county's name (or autonomous prefecture in this case).
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Old December 31st, 2017, 03:18 AM   #3427
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Sichuan to Tibet expressway's east section——Ya'an to Luding section opened in 2017,12,31

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Old December 31st, 2017, 02:48 PM   #3428
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Guizun Expressway, Guizhou

The new six lane Guiyang - Zunyi Expressway in Guizhou province will open to traffic on 2 January.







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Old December 31st, 2017, 04:42 PM   #3429
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New expressway opens to traffic in SW China



New expressway opens to traffic in Guilin, a Chinese city known for its "peerless beauty." The road is expected to boost tourism and further facilitate trade with ASEAN countries
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Old December 31st, 2017, 05:54 PM   #3430
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All 21 cities or prefectures in Sichuan connected with express highway

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201...36863308_2.htm


Aerial photo taken on Dec. 29, 2017 shows interchanges in Tianquan County on Ya'an-Kangding express highway in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Caoba to Luding section of Ya'an-Kangding express highway was integrated into the highway network and began its trail operation on Sunday, which means all the 21 cities or prefectures in Sichuan are now connected with express highway. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)


Aerial photo taken on Dec. 30, 2017 shows the terminal interchanges in Duiyan Town of Ya'an City on Ya'an-Kangding express highway in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Caoba to Luding section of Ya'an-Kangding express highway was integrated into the highway network and began its trail operation on Sunday, which means all the 21 cities or prefectures in Sichuan are now connected with express highway. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)


Aerial photo taken on Dec. 30, 2017 shows the Qingyi River grand bridge on Ya'an-Kangding express highway in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Caoba to Luding section of Ya'an-Kangding express highway was integrated into the highway network and began its trail operation on Sunday, which means all the 21 cities or prefectures in Sichuan are now connected with express highway. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)


Aerial photo taken on Dec. 29, 2017 shows the Erlang Mountain tunnel entrance on Ya'an-Kangding express highway in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Caoba to Luding section of Ya'an-Kangding express highway was integrated into the highway network and began its trail operation on Sunday, which means all the 21 cities or prefectures in Sichuan are now connected with express highway. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)


Aerial photo taken on Dec. 30, 2017 shows the terminal interchanges in Duigan Town of Ya'an City on Ya'an-Kangding express highway in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Caoba to Luding section of Ya'an-Kangding express highway was integrated into the highway network and began its trail operation on Sunday, which means all the 21 cities or prefectures in Sichuan are now connected with express highway. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)
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Old January 1st, 2018, 01:28 PM   #3431
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So far I've counted 1889 kilometers of expressway openings in the last two weeks of December.

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Old January 1st, 2018, 08:03 PM   #3432
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Several provinces announced 'end of the year' expressway mileage;

* Anhui: 4673 km
* Chongqing: 3023 km
* Fujian: 5228 km
* Guangdong: 8338 km
* Guangxi: 5259 km
* Henan: 6523 km
* Hunan: 6400+ km
* Shaanxi: 5279 km
* Shandong: 5800 km
* Sichuan: 6820 km

The end of the year total would be around 136,000 kilometers of expressways. Some news reports also say that there will be another 5000 km of expressways to open during 2018.
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 07:38 AM   #3433
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 01:39 PM   #3434
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 03:38 PM   #3435
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The 13 kilometer long Second Airport Expressway opened to traffic in Chongqing. It includes a large suspension bridge across the Yangtze and that famous 5-branch interchange in Chongqing. It is an eight lane expressway.

http://www.cqwb.com.cn/kxw/2017-12/3...5831950850.htm
The Cuntan Yangtze River Bridge. It has a main span of 880 meters and is 110 meters high above the Yangtze: http://www.highestbridges.com/wiki/i...e_River_Bridge







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Old January 4th, 2018, 03:18 PM   #3436
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What a unique suspension bridge design. Much nice than just another pair of drab concrete towers.
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Old January 5th, 2018, 08:44 PM   #3437
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2017, Chinese expressway length reached 136000 km.

2018, China will build 5000 km expressway.


http://www.chinahighway.com/news/2017/1151520.php
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Old January 5th, 2018, 09:07 PM   #3438
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China's Expressway Development History:


1. October 31, 1988, the first completed expressway in mainland China. Shanghai Jia Highway has four lanes, a total length of 20.4 km.

2. 1989, the opening of the expressway in mainland China was 271 kilometers.

3. 1994, the total length of expressways opened to traffic in mainland China reached 1603 kilometers.

4.1998, the total mileage of the expressway in mainland China reached 8733 kilometers.

5. In 2000, the opening of the expressway in mainland China reached 16,000 km.

6. In 2001, the mileage of expressways in mainland China reached 19,000 km, ranking No.2 in the world.

7. In 2004, the total mileage of the expressways in mainland China exceeded 34,200 kilometers.

8. In 2007, the total mileage of the expressways in mainland China exceeded 536,00 kilometers.

9. 2013, China's total expressway mileage reached 104,000 km, ranking No.1 in the world.

10. 2017, Chinese expressway length reached 136,000 km.

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1988 -2000, it took 12 years to reach 10000 km expressway length from zero.

2000-2013, it took 13 years to reach over 100,000 km from 10,000 km of expressway length.


2013-20??, how many years will it take to reach 200,000 km from 100,000 km of expressway length?
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New highway linking Zunyi, Guiyang opens to traffic

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A vehicle runs on the new highway linking Zunyi and Guiyang of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 2, 2018. The new highway, which will relieve the transportation pressure of the old Guiyang-Zunyi highway, opened to traffic on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Hui)










Vehicles run on the Xianghuoyan Bridge of the new highway linking Zunyi and Guiyang of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 2, 2018. The new highway, which will relieve the transportation pressure of the old Guiyang-Zunyi highway, opened to traffic on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Hui)
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Old January 9th, 2018, 01:50 PM   #3440
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A newly built expressway

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