Total length of public roads in China 2008-2019

China’s urban and economic development was tied to the enhancement of its road systems. The expanse of its public road network developed an ascending trend since 2008 and measured 5.01 million kilometers as of 2019.

China’s road network

The country’s road network constitutes various categories of roads, namely, national roads, provincial roads, county roads and township roads. As of 2018, the country’s national roads measured 363 thousand kilometers while the township roads spanned over 1.1 million kilometers. This caused the road network density to tip over 50 kilometers per 100 square kilometers.

Daily commute on Chinese roads

China’s rapidly growing economy also resulted in the volume of daily traffic to drastically increasing. However, while the average daily traffic on national highways rose consistently, the traffic volume on national roads dipped in 2017 and increased only marginally in 2018. Moreover, the lowest number of passengers on public road transport, figuring around 13.7 billion people, was also recorded in that year.

Total length of public roads in China from 2008 to 2019

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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