Freeways in China

China has enjoyed a remarkable economic growth rate that has averaged 9.4 percent per annum over the last 20 years, based on data from the State Development Planning Commission. If you have never been in China, it will be hard to believe this amazing growth rate. But if you know how many freeways built over the last 10 years, you will at least have some idea of the dramatic changes in China.

China's first freeway was opened to traffic in 1988, an 18.5-km freeway from Shanghai to Jiading. Now 14 years later, the total length of freeways in China is over 19,000 km, ranked second in the world in terms of length. The following is the outline of the development of Chinese freeways. [The U.S. has over 61,000 km of Interstate Highways.] source:

U.S. Highways