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Old February 23rd, 2008, 03:46 AM   #981
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why are the roads built like this?
In the US they would build the road into the side of the mountain, and not elevate it like this.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 05:53 AM   #982
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that's the red soil in Yunnan Province



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thank you, you pix are INCREDIBLE!
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 12:31 PM   #983
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why are the roads built like this?
In the US they would build the road into the side of the mountain, and not elevate it like this.
Looks like costs don't matter at all for chinese
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 04:15 PM   #984
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Little bit offtopic: Why are those fields red? What's planted there?
thats a chinese highway on Planet Mars.

as soon as the american mars rovers will have found it, they will also be abte to travel faster again.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 04:45 AM   #985
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China's mountainous topography leads its roads to the turns. When driving on the plain area, it's pretty straight.

on most expressways the speed limit is 100km/h or 110km/h.
A few years ago they announced they were upping the max speed limit to 120km/hr, so most expressways on plains are 120km/hr (some like Jingjintang expressway, still haven't been upgraded from 110km/hr).
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Old February 24th, 2008, 01:47 PM   #986
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that's the red soil in Yunnan Province
Thank you. I have never seen such soil.

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thats a chinese highway on Planet Mars.

as soon as the american mars rovers will have found it, they will also be abte to travel faster again.
I'm sorry for such stupid question, I didn't know China was on Mars.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #987
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pity, its not allowed for foreigner tourists to renta car and drive anywhere cross china ... only with chaffuer ... suxx .. would like to rent a car and drive there
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Old February 24th, 2008, 09:04 PM   #988
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pity, its not allowed for foreigner tourists to renta car and drive anywhere cross china ... only with chaffuer ... suxx .. would like to rent a car and drive there

really?????

Thats in fact .......uhm....very bad.

Do they want to chagne that in the near future?
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Old February 25th, 2008, 01:51 AM   #989
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My Swedish friend rented a car while living in Shanghai without any problems whatsoever.
If it is illegal, they sure aren't enforcing the law...
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Old February 25th, 2008, 02:14 AM   #990
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While in China i was told by my guide that it is possible to rent a car, so im not sure where you heard that.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 02:22 AM   #991
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Up until recently it wasn't possible to drive with an International Driver's Permit in China because they are not signatory to the relevant convention. It meant that if one wanted to drive as a tourist, one had to get a Chinese license.

However, I believe as of 2007 it is no longer true, and now it is possible to drive in China with a foreign license.

PS: While the Chinese expressway network is excellent, and the quality of roads is improving constantly, apparently driving in many parts of China is still a major challenge, because drivers don't follow the rules. Check out this link.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 03:07 AM   #992
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My friend (not the one I was referring to in my previous post) had to get a Chinese driver's license to be able to drive her car in 2006 - although, it was pretty much a formality and she had her Chinese license in a day iirc.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 03:49 PM   #993
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by my experience, express way speed limit is 120KM/hour, but seems most drivers drive faster than this speed.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #994
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120km/h is for car and truck.For bus,the speed limit is 100km/h.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 06:24 PM   #995
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120km/h for trucks?
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Old February 25th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #996
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120km/h for trucks?
I made a mistake.80km/h for trucks.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 07:56 AM   #997
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Elephants on Yunnan's expressway



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Old February 26th, 2008, 07:59 AM   #998
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are they wild ones? The elephants are not access-controlled by anything Nice photos.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 08:39 AM   #999
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Simao--Xiaomengyang Expressway 思小高速

思茅至小勐养高速公路是《国家高速公路网规划》中重庆~昆明高速公路(M51)联络线昆明~磨憨高速公路(M519)的一段,路线全长97.7千米,其中思茅市境内25.1千米,西双版纳州境内72.6千米,按山岭区四车道高速公路标准建设,路基宽22.5米,设计荷载汽车-超20级,挂车-120,概算总投资39.95亿元,平均每公里造价为4090万元,项目总工期3年。思小高速公路较老213国道缩短里程24.6千米,行车时间由原来4小时减少为1.5小时。
穿越云南西双版纳原始森林的“思小高速公路”

a expressway cross tropical forests.



















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Old February 27th, 2008, 03:38 AM   #1000
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Elephants on Yunnan's expressway


ELEPHANTS IN CHINA!?!? How did they got there? They better place a new sign called "Elephants Crossing"

I wonder if these highways are also accessible to the wildlife especially to a family or a herd of animals such as these ones?
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