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Old November 7th, 2008, 06:02 PM   #1181
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Old November 7th, 2008, 06:05 PM   #1182
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Wow @ the 560-m bridge.
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Old November 8th, 2008, 02:55 AM   #1183
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Old November 8th, 2008, 05:26 AM   #1184
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Actually Siduhe bridge (Chines name 四渡河大桥) is still under construction. The bridge was joined on 9/11/2008. Bridge deck construction started in early October and its scheduled completion date is sometime in 2009.

Bailing River bridge (Chinese name 坝陵河大桥) in Guizhou province is also currently under construction even though some older news articles in Chinese cited expected completion date of 8/2008. Maybe its schedule has slipped a little. Recent news report (http://gzrb.gog.com.cn/system/2008/1...10359251.shtml) stated that construction is 83% complete. With a span of 1088m, this expressway bridge is also one of the longer suspension bridges in the world. Here are some pictures. The first two are artist renders while the last two are construction photos.










Not far from Bailing River bridge, there is the Beipan River gorge, which has not one, not two, but three completed bridges crossing it. Sometimes, these three bridges are all refered to as Beipan River bridge (Chinese name 北盘江大桥). The naming of them seem to have caused some confusion. In diting's message above, the bridge shown in the youtube video is not the bridge that is 404m tall.

The first of the three bridges was completed in 2001 and is the railway bridge shown in the youtube video. It is 468m long with a 236m span. It has a deck to river surface distance of 280m. Here are some pictures of this bridge.







The second bridge was completed in 2004 and is a two lane motor vehicle bridge. This is the bridge that has its deck to river surface height at 404m. It is also a suspension bridge with a main span of 388m. Here are a few pictures of this bridge:









The final bridge was completed in July, 2008. It is on the same expressway as the Bailing River bridge and is expected to open to traffic very soon. This bridge is 1020m long with a main span of 636m. Its height (as measured by deck to river surface distance) is 320m. Here is a picture of this latest bridge:



Hope that these pictures clear up the confusion.
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Old November 8th, 2008, 02:47 PM   #1185
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Amazing bridges! China is really doing well
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Old November 9th, 2008, 12:25 AM   #1186
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Amazing pictures, thanks for detailed explanation and info.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 08:52 AM   #1187
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80.6km Anqing-Jingdezhen expressway opens after 3-year construction









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Old December 3rd, 2008, 04:01 PM   #1188
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Tangshan-Caofeidian expressway opens

Project started: Dec 24 2006
Length: 63.67km
Width: 6 lanes
Speed limit: 120km/h
Cost: 5.23 billion Yuan






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Old December 3rd, 2008, 04:42 PM   #1189
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Guizhou Beipanjiang Bridge opens

Beipanjiang Bridge is critical project of Shanghai-Kunming expressway.

Bridge length: 1020m
Bridge height: 330m
Main span: 636m




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Old December 3rd, 2008, 04:48 PM   #1190
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Baiji-Tianshui expressway main structure finished

Part of Lianyungan-Huoerguosi expressway.

Project started: Oct 2006
Finishing: 2009








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Old December 9th, 2008, 05:56 AM   #1191
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Huangshan-Taolin Expressway project finished, opening by end of Dec

Length: 51.1km
Cost: 3.84 billion yuan
Bridge/tunnels: 56%










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Old December 23rd, 2008, 09:49 AM   #1192
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Experts discuss possibility of building cross-strait expressway

Experts discuss possibility of building cross-strait expressway

Updated Tuesday, December 23, 2008 9:45 am TWN, CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After the long-expected direct air, shipping and postal links between Taiwan and China were put in place last week, academics and experts from both sides gathered yesterday to discuss the possibility of building a physical structure to link Taipei to Beijing. The formal opening of a two-day academic conference to discuss the feasibility of constructing a cross-Taiwan Strait expressway was attended by representatives from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation Chiang Pin-kung said at the opening that the exchange of ideas and expertise on the design for such a route has the same “historical significance” as the improvement of cross-strait relations which was facilitated by his meeting in November with his counterpart Chen Yunlin of China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).

“The construction of a Taiwan Strait expressway will further narrow the cultural and economic gap between the two sides,” said Chiang, adding that “it is the common desire of the people of both Taiwan and China to see the realization of such a historic project.”

The idea of a physical route to link Taipei and Beijing has been in the works in China for years. The project was included in an expressway network plan announced by China in 2005 to build 85,000 kilometers of expressways over a 30-year period at an estimated cost of 2 trillion yuan, including one from Beijing to Taipei.

Chiang said that a Beijing-Taipei expressway would further facilitate the transportation of Taiwanese products to China, Russia and Eastern Europe.

The Taiwan Strait Crossing Route Academic Conference has been held twice a year for the past 12 years in China, with the participation of experts from Taiwan and China, but this is the first time that it is being held in Taiwan.

The conference will discuss basic aspects of the proposed Taiwan Strait expressway, including design philosophy, concept, and basic requirements. Such a route would involve the construction of infrastructure such as undersea tunnels and bridges. It would also require studies on weather, sea water depth, marine sediments and sea floor characteristics — topics that will be discussed at the conference in order to contribute to the preliminary planning and design stages of the proposed project.

According to Hsai Yang-fang, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, the term “Taiwan Strait Tunnel” was first coined in the summer of 1948 in Taipei by thousands of anti-civil war students who were marching to demand the coexistence of all Chinese people.

Since the Kuomintang (KMT) returned to power in May, President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration has been working to melt the ice between the two sides of the strait and forge links with China, particularly on the economic front.

The SEF and ARATS are quasi-official organizations responsible for handling cross-strait engagements in the absence of official relations between the two sides of the strait.

In their second round of their talks held in Taipei Nov. 3-7, Chiang and Chen signed four agreements to allow direct flights, shipping links, postal services and the establishment of a food safety mechanism between the two sides.

Chen was the highest-ranking Chinese official to have set foot on Taiwan since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/c...ts-discuss.htm
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Old December 28th, 2008, 03:20 PM   #1193
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China's first traffic tunnel under Yangtze River opens

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Vehicles runs through China's first traffic tunnel beneath the Yangtze River in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province, on December 28, 2008. The 3.63-km long tunnel, which has four lanes, began to go through on the morning of Sunday. The 2.05 billion yuan (299.6 million U.S. dollars) project began in November 2004. It was part of the city's efforts to improve transportation infrastructure and relieve congested roads.(Xinhua/Cheng Min)


WUHAN, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's first tunnel beneath the Yangtze River opened to traffic on Sunday in central China's Hubei Province.

It is 3.63-km long and has four lanes. Traffic began to go through the tunnel at about 10 a.m. in Wuhan City.

Travel time between the city's major areas -- Wuchang, where government offices and universities are based, and Hankou, the business center, is now seven minutes. It used to take half an hour.

Around 50,000 vehicles can travel through the tunnel going 50 kilometers per hour every day. It can withstand flooding (300 year-flood plain) and an earthquake measuring up to six on the Richter scale, according to Wuhan's vice mayor Yin Weizhen.

The 2.05 billion yuan (299.6 million U.S. dollars) project began in November 2004. It was part of the city's efforts to improve transportation infrastructure and relieve congested roads.



Vehicles runs through China's first traffic tunnel beneath the Yangtze River in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province, on December 28, 2008.(Xinhua/Xiong Jinchao)


Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, is one of the largest cities in central China with a population of eight million. It is the center of five railway lines, six expressways and several highways. The city serves as the gateway to China's hinterlands and is nicknamed the "thoroughfare to nine provinces".

Traffic in Wuhan relies on ground transportation networks and ferry service. Before 1957, people had to cross the river using only a ferry. After that time, the Wuhan highway-railway bridge was put into operation. However, the bridge has been overburdened with about 100,000 motor vehicles and 300 trains crossing it each day.

As a milestone in the history of transportation across the Yangtze River, the new road tunnel was constructed with the most advanced engineering technology in complicated geologic conditions, said Wang Mengshu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.



Photo taken on Dec. 28, 2008 shows an entrance of China's first traffic tunnel beneath the Yangtze River. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)


"The resources used in the construction will provide valuable references for other tunnel projects and will further promote China's river-crossing transport development," Wang said.

The 6,300-km long Yangtze River is a major transport link between west and east China. More than 100 bridges across the Yangtze River are currently in use.

Construction on another two tunnels beneath the Yangtze has been underway in Shanghai and Nanjing, the capital of the eastern Jiangsu Province.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 02:05 AM   #1194
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Old January 4th, 2009, 07:43 AM   #1195
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any expressway (tolled) link China with surrounding countries?

i mean something like Europe countries.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #1196
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any expressway (tolled) link China with surrounding countries?

i mean something like Europe countries.
There are actually quite a few. They are all under construction or proposed. Construction and development of all of these has progressed substantially on the Chinese side, but some counties like Laos and Burma have done practically nothing. Some examples:

Kunming - Bangokok
Kunming - Hanoi
Kunming - Mandalay
Nanning - Hanoi
Urumuchi - Alamty
Harbin - Vladivostok
Dandong - Pyongyang

See the Asian Highway website for more information, or the Wikipedia article.

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Old January 4th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #1197
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I guess it's gonna take decades before we can actually drive from Europe to China. Within like 10 years, it must be possible to drive via motorways to the east of Ukraine. What's left then is a long route through the steppes of Russia and the emptyness of Kazakhstan.

I doubt if there's a real need for such a connection, but hey, truckers drive from coast to coast in the United States too. Mongolian truckers have been spotted in the Netherlands though, but seeing trucks from such a distance is extremely rare. Russian truckers are very common on Dutch roads though. At least there's a market for long distance (2.500+ kilometers) trucking.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #1198
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Kazakhstan is getting money from the EU to improve their E-routes. If they spend that money in the right way, then there's just China left to cross
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Old January 4th, 2009, 08:31 PM   #1199
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If Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine build motorways connecting the Chinese network with the European one, I will be making a roadtrip to Lhasa !

Probably it will be done when I'm retired, which is good because it will probably take a few months.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 05:33 AM   #1200
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No need for motorways to do a road trip. I've travelled across central asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbeckistan) by bus and the roads are pretty drivable although most are single carriageway and theres plenty of trucks. On the Chinese side the roads are quite busy and theres a hot desert (along the G312), but the motorway will soon be continuous from Beijing to the Kazakstan border at Korgas.

The biggest issue i think is getting the car and driver across the China/Russia border. China still doesnt recognise the international drivers licence, and you still need whatever paperwork (Carnet de Passage etc) for the car. I am contemplating driving all the way from Europe to Bangkok in the next year or two. This has other problems like the 245 km road through Laos (route 3) and the right hand / left hand side driving issue.

The road to Lhasa from Golmud (G109) is in very good condition when I went there by bus. Its high altitude (up to 5180m at the Tanggula pass), so the air gets thin, cold and foggy. I am not sure of the progress of the motorway, but the railway has since been built. However, I think foreigners driving their own car would have plenty of hassle at the checkpoint, you'll need the visitor permit and goodness knows what else.

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