China opens 2,768 km Silk Road highway from Beijing to Mongolia
A new highway between Beijing and Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is now officially open traffic.
The 2,768 km Jingxin Expressway G7 links six provinces and regions – Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Gansu, and Xinjiang, and shortens the existing route by some 1,300 km.
The highway is the world’s longest to cross a desert by crossing the Badain Jaran Desert, the third largest desert in China, and will become the most convenient way for transhipments to the port of Tianjin.
The new highway is important to the economic future of west China, and a integral transportation segment for the Silk Road Economic Belt which will bring more exposure for the markets of the Kazakhstan border cities, as well upgrading overall access to central and west Asia.
Local experts on China’s remote border areas are excited by the development to the local economies that the expressway will bring, delivering new jobs and access to cheaper goods.