URUMQI, June 30 (Xinhua) — The Beijing-Urumqi Expressway, the longest desert-crossing expressway on the earth, totally opened to site visitors on Wednesday after the final part of the route in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Area was put into operation.
The expressway linking the Chinese language capital Beijing and Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang, has a complete size of two,800 km, with over 500 km passing by desert and no man’s land.
Apart from Beijing and Xinjiang, the expressway passes by 4 different provincial-level areas — Hebei, Shanxi, Interior Mongolia and Gansu within the north and northwest of China.
It cuts the highway distance between Urumqi and Beijing by 1,300 km, making it the quickest highway to cross north China.
Sections of the expressway in different provincial-level areas are already in operation. Because of the harsh pure surroundings and sophisticated geological situations, the desert-crossing a part of the expressway in Xinjiang was the final to be accomplished.