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Old February 28th, 2007, 06:49 AM   #641
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China still needs some years to mature as a country before I would venture into it alone. Anyway, has anyone mentioned that they look good partly because they're very new?

I hear horror stories of people getting run over on purpose to get paid for injuries, so truck drivers at night dont stop for anything now, because they were getting scammed...
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Old February 28th, 2007, 09:05 AM   #642
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Do these highways have names or numbers you can follow? I thought the green numbers in white boxes were the highway numbers but they look like exit numbers. What does S227 mean, is that a state/provincial highway?

I notice it tells you the next big city without the route. That would probably confuse me. Below is what I'm used to seeing. By the way, these Chinese highways are beautiful. I can't wait to get a chance to drive on them.
China currently does have a highway numbering system, but it's far from complete. Only national and provincial highways are uniformly numbered. Intercity expressways (interstate equivilent) are named with the starting city and ending city. For example, the freeway linking Nanjing with Shanghai is called "Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway." Although Nanjing is also linked with Hefei in Anhui province if you continue on the Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway, that section will be called "Nanjing-Heifei Expressway."
Lower level highways are numbered, starting with highway type letter and followed by three digits. G stands for Guo (nation) and S stands for Sheng (Province). So that S227 you saw is a Provincial Highway #227. Like the US highway system, some sections of national or provincial highways also share road with intercity expressways.
The single digit number (ie. 5A, 5B) you saw are exit numbers for intercity expressways, those numbers are constrained between the two cities.
Below the city names, there is an arrow tells you the course of action to take. For example, to travel to Suzhou you need to exit onto S227 at Exit 5B.

After acquiring an American driver's license for more than 3 years, I'm qualified to take a written test to get a Chinese driver's license, no driving test required. (Chinese driving test requires you to use manual transmission)
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Old March 1st, 2007, 04:48 AM   #643
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Old March 1st, 2007, 04:51 AM   #644
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Old March 1st, 2007, 04:54 AM   #645
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Old March 1st, 2007, 04:56 AM   #646
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Old March 1st, 2007, 08:48 AM   #647
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the classification of chinese roads

1,expressway.
Chinese expressways has access control,4 lanes at least and green belts between lanes.
in 2006,Chinese expressways is about 45000 KM long. every years, chinese finish constructing 4500 KM expressways.
Chinese government plans to finish a nation-wide expressways net of 100,000 KM by 2010.




2, Rank 1 highways
Chinese Rank 1 highways has 4 lanes at least. It also has access control as well as expressways.
in 2005,China has 38381 KM Rank 1 highways




3,Rank 2 highway
Chinese Rank 2 highways have no access controls. they have 2 lanes at least.
because they has no access controls,motorbicycles ,bikes ,even men can both run on the Rank 2 highway,
while only cars,trucks can run on expressways and Rank 1 highways.
in 2005,china had 246,442 KM Rank 2 highways




4 ,Rank 3 highways
In 2005,China had 344,671 KM Rank 3 highways.




5, Rank 4 highway
In 2005,China had 921,293 KM Rank 4 highways.






6,village paths.
China has millions of villages paths.such villages paths are so long that even Chinese government doesn't know how many village paths china has now.

here is a typical old unpaved village paths.they are gradually disappearing day by day.


Instead,more and more paved village paths like the following have appeared. since the project of "new socialism villages" started in 2004.
in 2006, over 300,000 KM paved village paths was finished .this year,another 300,000 KM paved village paths are planed to be finished.


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Old March 1st, 2007, 09:29 AM   #648
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What's the difference between expressway and Rank 1 highway then?

I think in Chinese language and definition, highway = expressway, called "高速公路". "Rank 1 Highway", ""Ranked highways" should be translated as "Rank 1 road", "Ranked roads", i.e "一级国道", "等级公路".

You can treat 国道 as highway but it's not a direct translation.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 11:42 AM   #649
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The difference is that Guodao (national highway) and Shengdao (provincial highway) do not qualify as Expressway, only intercity highways are considered as Expressway. All Guodaos and Shengdaos are either Rank 1 or Rank 2 highways.
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^ So there's no technical difference between them? Maybe Rank 1 Highways are usually busier?
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Old March 1st, 2007, 12:38 PM   #651
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It's also my question.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 02:17 PM   #652
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Maybe they have got level crossings?
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Old March 1st, 2007, 07:56 PM   #653
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The difference is that Guodao (national highway) and Shengdao (provincial highway) do not qualify as Expressway, only intercity highways are considered as Expressway. All Guodaos and Shengdaos are either Rank 1 or Rank 2 highways.
there are some technically differences between rank 1 highway and expressway,such as lifespans .......

and expressway has much more green belt between lanes.

Rank1 highway usually has 4 lanes while expressway usually has more then 4 lanes.

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^ So there's no technical difference between them? Maybe Rank 1 Highways are usually busier?
expressways has more lanes usually and more green belt.
their lifespan is also longer than Rank 1 highway.
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 08:48 AM   #655
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1,expressway.
Chinese expressways has access control,4 lanes at least and green belts between lanes.
in 2006,Chinese expressways is about 45000 KM long. every years, chinese finish constructing 4500 KM expressways.
Chinese government plans to finish a nation-wide expressways net of 100,000 KM by 2010.
45000+(2010-2006)*4500 = 63,000
But nevertheless the growth of the Chinese highway system is amazing
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 10:49 AM   #656
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45000+(2010-2006)*4500 = 63,000
But nevertheless the growth of the Chinese highway system is amazing
well,construction of chinese expressway is accelerating,because Chinese government has more and more money to invest on it.
in 1990's, chinese annual investment on its highway system was only about 300 billion RMB(about 45 billion USD).but in 2005,the investment hit 1.2 trillion RMB( about 145 billion USD).
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 03:28 AM   #657
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well,construction of chinese expressway is accelerating,because Chinese government has more and more money to invest on it.
in 1990's, chinese annual investment on its highway system was only about 300 billion RMB(about 45 billion USD).but in 2005,the investment hit 1.2 trillion RMB( about 145 billion USD).
even that, i don't think it'll reach 100k km by 2010, 60k km is a realistic target. please avoid subjective baseless data in this forum.
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Perhaps it is an actual estimate/goal put forth by the Chinese Government.

EDIT: here's the figures given from wiki:

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The express highway system is set to expand to 65,000 km by 2010, 85,000 km by 2020, 120,000 km by 2030, and 175,000 km by 2050.
Anyway, from the looks of it, it looks like Rank 1 Highways lack (effective) central dividers, as opposed to Expressways.

EDIT: again from wiki:

There exists a National Trunk Highway System, which consists of the Expressways, which are grade-separated, free-flowing roads, and a separate system,

China National Highways, which are grouped together as another, separate system of roads, which signified by a preceding "G" in front of the route number, which is Chinese for a "National Road"

There exists two other classification of roads, namely "S" and "X" series roads, which are provincial and county levels, respectively.
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Old March 4th, 2007, 03:17 AM   #659
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