Expressways of China

Expressways Of China

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The Expressway Network of the People's Republic of China () is one of the longest in the world. The network is also known as National Trunk Highway System (NTHS). The total length of China's expressways was at the end of 2010, the world's second longest only after the United States and slightly longer than the total expressway length in the European Union. In 2010, of expressways were added to the network. The length of China's expressway system is expected to surpass that of the Interstate Highway System in 2011, but will remain shorter than that country's National Highway System.

Expressways in China are a fairly recent addition to a complex network of roads. China's first expressway was built in 1988. Until 1993, very few expressways existed. One of the earliest expressways nationwide was the Jingshi Expressway between Beijing and Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. This expressway now forms part of the Jingzhu Expressway, currently one of the longest expressways nationwide at over 2,000 km.


Originally, China had been carrying out an ambitious plan to build up a 35,000 kilometer national trunk highway system. Construction of expressways began in 1988 and the network had been scheduled to be complete in 2020. The scale of the project can be seen by the fact that on January 1, 1989, the PRC had 147 km of freeways,...
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