Total length of express ways in China 2018

In the ten-year span between 2008 and 2018, the length of China’s major highways increased more than twofold. As of 2018, these expressways measured nearly 143 thousand kilometers in length.

China’s growing highway network

With the advent of the 1990s, the focus of urban development in China shifted to building a nationwide network of highways. Highway construction undertaken by the China Railway Group has been on the rise since 2015 with more than 2,500 kilometers of highway having been built in 2018 alone. In that year, regions such as Sichuan, Shandong and Hubei had the biggest highway networks with all of Sichuan’s highways spanning over 330 thousand kilometers in total.

Road transportation in China

One of the collaterals of the highway network expansion was the growth of the motor vehicle industry in China. 2018 saw the highest average volume of traffic on main highways that grossed 26,435 vehicles per day. The most populous region of China, that is the Guangdong province, boasted at least one billion drivers using the highway in 2018.

Total length of express ways in China from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Express ways are the highest classification for highways in China.

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