Expressways of China

By the end of 2018, the total length of China’s expressway network reached 142,500 kilometers, the world’s largest expressway system by length, having surpassed the overall length of the American Interstate Highway System in 2011. The first modern at-grade China National Highways is the Shanghai–Jiading Expressway, opened in October 1988. The early 1990s saw the start of the country’s massive plan to upgrade its network of roads. The 7918 network, a grid of 7 radial expressways from Beijing, 9 north-south expressways, and 18 east-west expressways forms the backbone of the national expressway system. The 7918 network would be renamed the 71118 network when the number of north-south expressways were increased from 9 to 11. The names of the individual expressways are regularly composed of two characters representing start and end of expressway.

Speed Limits

The Road Traffic Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China stipulates the speed limit of 120 km/h (75 mph), effective since May 1, 2004. A minimum speed limit of 70 km/h is in force. On overtaking lanes, however, this could be as high as 100 km/h to 110 km/h. Penalties for driving both below and in excess of the prescribed speed limits are enforced. Some expressways have a lower design speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph).

Tollways

China has an extensive tollway system, which composed of nearly all expressways as well as having around 70% of the world’s tollways. Tolls are roughly around CNY 0.5 per kilometre, and minimum rates (e.g. CNY 5) usually apply regardless of distance. 

Lines of China Expressways

7 Radial Expressways Leaving Beijing:

11 Vertical Expressways

  • Hegang-Dalian Expressway(鹤大高速公路)(G11): Hegang-Kiamusze-Qitaihe-Jixi-Mudanjiang-Yanbian-Dunhua-Tonghua-Benxi-Dandong-Dalian, then connecting G15(Shenyang-Haikou)
    Connecting Line 1: Hegang-Harbin Expressway(鹤哈高速公路)(G1111): Hegang-Yichun-Suihua-Harbin
    Connecting Line 2: Jian-Shuangliao Expressway(集双高速公路)(G1112): Jian-Tonghua-Meihekou-Liaoyuan-Siping-Shuangliao
    Connecting Line 3: Dandong-Fuxin Expressway(丹阜高速公路)(G1113): Dandong-Benxi-Shenyang-Xinmin-Fuxin
  • Shenyang-Haikou Expressway(沈海高速公路)(G15): Shenyang-Liaoyang-Anshan-Haicheng-Dalian-Yantai-Qingdao-Rizhao-Lianyungang-Yancheng-Nantong-Changshu-Taicang-Shanghai-Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou-Ningde-Fuzhou-Quanzhou-Xiamen-Shantou-Shanwei-Shenzhen-Guangzhou-Foshan-Kaiping-Yangjiang-Maoming-Zhanjiang-Haikou
    Parallel Line 1: Changshu-Taizhou  Expressway(常台高速公路)(G15W): Changshu-Suzhou-Jiaxing-Shaoxing-Taizhou
    Parallel Line 2: Changshu-Jiaxing Expressway(常嘉高速公路)(G15W2): Changshu-Shuzhou-Jiaxing
    Parallel Line 3: Ningbo-Dongguan Expressway(甬莞高速公路)(G15W3): Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou-Ningde-Fuzhou-Quanzhou-Zhangzhou-Chaozhou-Jieyang-Shanwei-Huizhou-Dongguan
    Connecting Line 1: Rizhao-Lankao Expressway(日兰高速公路)(G1511): Rizhao-Qufu-Jining-Heze-Lankao
    Connecting Line 2: Ningbo-Jinhua Expressway(甬金高速公路)(G1512): Ningbo-Shengzhou-Jinhua
    Connecting Line 3: Wenzhou-Lishui Expressway(温丽高速公路)(G1513): Wenzhou-Lishui
    Connecting Line 4: Ningde-Shangrao Expressway(宁上高速公路)(G1514): Ningde-Shangrao
    Connecting Line 5: Putian-Yanling Expressway(莆炎高速公路)(G1517): Meizhouwan-Putian-Sanming-Jianning-Guangchang-Jian-Taihe-Jingangshan-Yanling
  • Changchun-Shenzhen Expressway(长深高速公路)(G25): Changchun-Shuangliao-Fuxin-Chaoyang-Chengde-Tangshan-Tianjin-Huanghua-Binzhou-Qingzhou-Linyi-Lianyungang-Huaian-Tianchang-Nanjing-Liyang-Yixing-Huzhou-Hangzhou-Jinhua-Lishui-Nanping-Sanming-Longyan-Meizhou-Longchuan-Heyuan-Huizhou-Shenzhen
    Connecting Line 1: Xinmin-Lubei Expressway(新鲁高速公路)(G2511): Xinmin-Zhangwu-Tongliao-Lubei
    Connecting Line 2: Fuxin-Jinzhou Expressway(阜锦高速公路)(G2512): Fuxin-Jinzhou
    Connecting Line 3: Huaian-Xuzhou Expressway(淮徐高速公路)(G2513): Huaian-Suqian-Xuzhou
    Connecting Line 4: Dongying-Lvliang Expressway(东吕高速公路)(G2516): Dongying-Gaotang-Xingtai-Yushe-Pingyao-Lvliang
  • Jinan-Guangzhou Expressway(济广高速公路)(G35): Jinan-Heze-Shangqiu-Bozhou-Fuyang-Liuan-Anqing-Jingdezhen-Yingtan-Nancheng-Ruijin-Longchuan-Heyuan-Huizhou-Guangzhou, 2110km
  • Daqing-Guangzhou Expressway(大广高速公路)(G45): Daqing-Songyuan-Shuangliao-Tongliao-Chifeng-Chengde-Beijing-Bazhou-Hengshui-Puyang-Kaifeng-Zhoukou-Xinyang-Huanggang-Huangshi-Jiujiang-Yichun-Xinyu-Jian-Ganzhou-Longnan-Lianping-Conghua-Guangzhou
    Connecting Line: Longnan-Heyuan Expressway(龙河高速公路)(G4511): Longnan-Heyuan
  • Erenhot-Guangzhou  Expressway(二广高速公路)(G55): Erenhot-Jining-Datong-Taiyuan-Changzhi-Jicheng-Luoyang-Pingdingshan-Nanyang-Xiangyang-Jinmen-Jinzhou-Changde-Loudi-Shaoyang-Yongzhou-Lianzhou-Huaiji-Sanshui-Guangzhou
    Connecting Line 1: Jining-Arun Banner Expressway(集阿高速公路)(G5511): Jining-Lubei-Ulanhot-Arun Banner
    Connecting Line 2: Jincheng-Xinxiang Expressway(晋新高速公路)(G5512): Jincheng-Jiaozuo-Xinxiang
    Connecting Line 3: Changsha-Zhangjiajie Expressway(长张高速公路)(G5513): Changsha-Changde-Zhangjiajie
    Connecting Line 4: Zhangjiajie-Nanchong Expressway(张南高速公路)(G5515): Zhangjiajie-Laifeng-Qianjiang-Shizhu-Zhongxian-Liangping-Dazhu-Yingshan-Nanchong
  • Baotou-Maoming Expressway(包茂高速公路)(G65): Baotou-Erdos-Yulin-Yanan-Tongchuan-Xian-Ankang-Dazhou-Chongqing-Qianjiang-Jishou-Huaihua-Guilin-Wuzhou-Maoming
  • Yan’an-Xian Expressway(延西高速公路)(G65W): Yanan-Ganquan-Fuxian-Luochuan-Huangling-Yijun-Tongchuan-Sanyuan-Xian
  • Hohhot-Beihai Expressway(呼北高速公路)(G59): Hohhot-Horinger-Youyu-Shuozhou-Kelan-Lvliang-Jixian-Yuncheng-Lingbao-Lushi-Shiyan-Fangxian-Baokang-Yichang-Cili-Zhangjiajie-Xinhua-Wugang-Xinning-Ziyuan,Lipu-Pingnan-Yulin-Beihai
  • Yinchuan-Baise Expressway(银百高速公路)(G69): Yinchuan-Huianbu-Qingcheng-Xunyi-Xian-Ankang-Langao-Chengkou-Wanzhou-Zhongxian-Peiling-Nanchuan-Daozhen-Wengan-Guiyang-Luodian-Leye-Baise-Jinxi-Longbang
    Connecting Line: Ankang-Laifeng Expressway(安来高速公路)(G6911): Ankang-Pingli-Wuxi-Jianshi-Enshi-Laifeng
  • Lanzhou-Haikou Expressway(兰海高速公路)(G75): Lanzhou-Guangyuan-Nanchong-Chongqing-Zunyi-Guiyang-Majiang-Duyun-Hechi-Nanning-Qinzhou-Beihai-Zhanjiang-Haikou
    Connecting Line: Qinzhou-Dongxing Expressway(钦东高速公路)(G7511): Qinzhou-Fangcheng-Dongxing
  • Yinchuan-Kunming Expressway(银昆高速公路)(G85): Yinchuan-Zhongning-Pingliang-Baoji-Hanzhong-Bazhong-Guangan-Chongqing-Neijiang-Yibin-Zhaotong-Kunming
    Connecting Line: 1: Kunming-Mohan Expressway(昆磨高速公路)(G8511): Kunming-Yuanjiang-Simao-Mohan
    Connecting Line: 2: Pingliang-Mianyang Expressway(平绵高速公路)(G8513): Pingliang-Huating-Zhuanglang-Tianshui-Chengxian-Kangxian-Longnan-Wenxian-Jiuzhaigou-Pingwu-Beichuan-Jiangyou-Mianyang
    Connecting Line: 3: Guangan-Luzhou Expressway(广泸高速公路)(G8515): Guangan-Wosheng-Tongnan-Dazu-Rongchang-Luzhou

18 Horizontal Expressways

  • Suifenhe-Manzhouli Expressway(绥满高速公路)(G10): Suifenhe-Mudanjiang-Harbin-Daqing-Tsitsihar-Arong-Manzhouli , 1520km
    Connecting Line: Harbin-Tongjiang Expressway(哈同高速公路)(G1011): Harbin-Kiamusze-Shuangyashan-Tongjiang
  • Huichuan-Ulanhot Expressway(珲乌高速公路)(G12): Huichuan-Dunhua-Jilin-Changchun-Songyuan-Baicheng-Ulanhot
    Connecting Line 1: Jilin-Heihe Expressway(吉黑高速公路)(G1211): Jilin-Shulan-Wuchang-Harbin-Mingshui-Heihe
    Connecting Line 2: Shenyang-Jilin Expressway(沈吉高速公路)(G1212): Shenyang-Jilin
  • Dandong-Xilinhot Expressway(丹锡高速公路)(G16): Dandong-Haicheng-Panjin-Jinzhou-Chaoyang-Chifeng-Xilinhot
  • Rongcheng-Wuhai Expressway(荣乌高速公路)(G18): Rongcheng-Wendeng-Weihai-Yantai-Dongying-Huanghua-Tianjin-Bazhou-Laiyuan-Shuozhou-Erdos-Wuhai
    Connecting Line: Huanghua-Shijiazhuang Expressway(黄石高速公路)(G1811): Huanghua-Cangzhou-Shijiazhuang
  • Qingdao-Yinchuan  Expressway(青银高速公路)(G20): Qingdao-Weifang-Zibo-Jinan-Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan-Lishi-Jinbian-Dingbian-Yinchuan
    Connecting Line 1: Qingdao-Xinhe Expressway(青新高速公路)(G2011): Qingdao-Xinhe
    Connecting Line 2: Dingbian-Wuwei Expressway(定武高速公路)(G2012): Dingbian-Zhongning-Wuwei
  • Qingdao-Lanzhou Expressway(青兰高速公路)(G22): Qingdao-Laiwu-Taian-Liaocheng-Handan-Changzhi-Linfen-Fuxian-Qingyang-Pingliang-Dingxi-Lanzhou
  • Lianyungang-Khorgos  Expressway(连霍高速公路)(G30): Lianyungang-Xuzhou-Shangqiu-Kaifeng-Zhengzhou-Luoyang-Xian-Baoji-Tianshui-Lanzhou-Wuwei-Jiayuguan-Hami-Turpan-Urumqi-Kuytun-Khorgos
    Connecting Line 1: Liuyuan-Golmud Expressway(柳格高速公路)(G3011): Liuyuan-Dunhuang-Golmud
    Connecting Line 2: Turpan-Hetian Expressway(吐和高速公路)(G3012): Turpan-Korla-Kuqa-Aksu-Kashgar-H
    Connecting Line 3: Kashgar-Irkeshtam Expressway(喀伊高速公路)(G3013): Kashgar-Irkeshtam
    Connecting Line 4: Kuitun-Altay Expressway(奎阿高速公路)(G3014): Kuitun-Karamay-Altay
    Connecting Line 5: Kuitun-Tacheng Expressway(奎塔高速公路)(G3015): Kuitun-Karamay-Tacheng-Bakhty
    Connecting Line 6: Qingshuihe-Yining Expressway(清伊高速公路)(G3016): Qingshuihe-Yining
    Connecting Line 7: Jinchang-Wuwei Expressway(金武高速公路)(G3017): Jinchang-Wuwei
  • Nanjing-Luoyang Expressway(宁洛高速公路)(G36): Nanjing-Bengbu-Fuyang-Zhoukou-Luohe-Pingdingshan-Luoyang
  • Shanghai-Xian Expressway(沪陕高速公路)(G40): Shanghai-Congming-Nantong-Taizhou-Yangzhou-Nanjing-Hefei-Liuan-Xinyang-Nanyang-Shangluo-Xian, 1490km
    Connecting Line 1: Yangzhou-Liyang Expressway(扬溧高速公路)(G4011): Yangzhou-Zhenjiang-Liyang
  • Shanghai-Chengdu  Expressway(沪蓉高速公路)(G42): Shanghai-Suzhou-Wuxi-Changzhou-Zhenjiang-Nanjing-Hefei-Liuan-Macheng-Wuhan-Xiaogan-Jingmen-Yichang-Wanzhou-Dianjiang-Nanchong-Suining-Chengdu
    Connecting Line 1: Nanchong-Wuhu Expressway(宁芜高速公路)(G4211): Nanjing-Ma’anshan-Wuhu
    Connecting Line 2: Hefei-Anqing Expressway(合安高速公路)(G4212): Hefei-Anqing
    Connecting Line 3: Chengdu-Zunyi Expressway(蓉遵高速公路)(4215): Chengdu-Zunyi
    Connecting Line 4: Panzhihua-Lijiang Expressway(丽攀高速公路)(G4216): Panzhihua-Lijiang
    Connecting Line 5: Chengdu-Qamdo Expressway(蓉昌高速公路)(G4217): Chengdu-Wenchuan-Barkan-Jomda-Qamdo
    Connecting Line 6: Ya’an-Yecheng Expressway(雅叶高速公路)(G4218): Ya’an-Kangding-Litang-Mangkang-Nyingchi-Lhasa-Shigatse-Gar-Yecheng
    Connecting Line 7: Qushui-Naidong Expressway(曲乃高速公路)(G4219): Qushui-Gongga-Zhanang-Nêdong
  • Shanghai-Chongqing Expressway(沪渝高速公路)(G50): Shanghai-Huzhou-Xuancheng-Wufu-Tongling-Anqing-Huangmei-Huangshi-Wuhan-Jingzhou-Yichang-Enshi-Zhongxian-Dianjiang-Changshou-Chongqing
    Connecting Line 1: Chongqing-Shizhu Expressway(沪渝南线高速公路((G50S): Chongqing-Peiling-Fengdu-Shizhu
    Connecting Line 2: Wuhu-Hefei Expressway(芜合高速公路)(G5011): Wuhu-Chaohu-Hefei
    Connecting Line 3: Enshi-Guangyuan Expressway(恩广高速公路)(G5012): Enshi-Wanzhou-Zhongxian-Dazhou-Bazhong-Guangyuan
    Connecting Line 4: Chongqing-Chengdu Expressway(渝蓉高速公路)(G5013): Chongqing-Bishan-Tongliang-Dazu-Anyue-Jianyang-Chengdu
  • Hagnzhou-Ruili Expressway(杭瑞高速公路)(G56): Hangzhou-Huangshan-Jingdezhen-Jiujiang-Xianning-Yueyang-Changde-Jishou-Zunyi-Bijie-Liupanshui-Qujing-Kunming-Chuxiong-Dali-Baoshan-Ruili
    Connecting Line 1: Daloi-Lijiang Expressway(大丽高速公路)(G5611): Dali-Lijiang
    Connecting Line 2: Baoshan-Lushui Expressway(保泸高速公路)(G5613): Baoshan-Lushui
    Connecting Line 3: Tianbao-Houqiao Expressway(天猴高速公路)(5615): Tianbao-Wenshan-Mengzi-Lincang-Baoshan-Tengchong-Houqiao
  • Shanghai-Kunming Expressway(沪昆高速公路)(G60): Shanghai-Hangzhou-Jinhua-Quzhou-Shangrao-Yingtan-Fuzhou-Nanchang-Yichun-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan-Shaoyang-Huaihua-Kaili-Guiyang-Anshun-Qujing-Kunming
    Connecting Line: Hangzhou-Changsha Expressway(杭长高速公路)(G60N): Hangzhou-Jiande-Dexing-Nanchang-Yifeng-Liuyang-Changsha
  • Fuzhou-Yinchuan Expressway(福银高速公路)(G70): Fuzhou-Nanping-Fuzhou-Nanchang-Jiujiang-Huanggang-Huangshi-Wuhan-Xiaogan-Xiangyang-Shiyan-Shangzhou-Xian-Pingliang-Zhongning-Yinchuan
    Connecting Line: Shiyan-Tianshui Expressway(十天高速公路)(G7011): Shiyan-Ankang-Hanzhong-Tianshui
  • Quanzhou-Nanning Expressway(泉南高速公路)(G72): Quanzhou-Yongan-Jian-Hengyang-Yongzhou-Guilin-Liuzhou-Nanning
    Connecting Line: Nanning-Youyiguan Expressway(南友高速公路)(G7211): Nanning-Youyiguan
  • Xiamen-Chengdu Expressway(厦蓉高速公路)(G76): Xiamen-Zhanghzou-Longyan-Ruijin-Ganzhou-Chenzhou-Guilin-Majiang-Guiyang-Bijie-Luzhou-Longchang-Neijiang-Chengdu厦
  • Shantou-Kunming  Expressway(汕昆高速公路)(G78): Shantou-Meizhou-Longchuan-Lian[ing-Wengyuan-Yingde-Huaiji-Hezhou-Liuzhou-Hechi-Baide-Xingyi-Shilin-Kunming
  • Guangzhou-Kunming Expressway(广昆高速公路(G80)Guangzhou-Sanshui-Zhaoqing-Yunfu-Wuzhou-Yulin-Nanning-Baise0-Funing-Yanshan-Mile-Shilin-Kunming
    Connecting Line 1: Kaiyuan-Hekou Expressway(开河高速公路)(G8011): Kaiyuan-Mengzi-Hekou
    Connecting Line 2: Mile-Chuxiong Expressway(弥楚高速公路)(G8012): Mile-Chuxiong
    Connecting Line 3: Yanshan-Wenshan Expressway(砚文高速公路)(G8013): Yanshan-Wenshan

Regional Ring Road

  • Liaozhong Ring Road(辽中环线高速公路)(G91): Tieling-Fushun-Benxi-Liaoyang-Liaozhong-Xinmin-Tieling
  • Hangzhou Bay Ring Road(杭州湾环线高速公路)(G92): Shanghai-Jiaxing-Hangzhou-Shaoxing-Ningbo-Jiaxing-Shanghai
    Connecting Line: Ningbo-Zhoushan Expressway(甬舟高速公路)(G9211): Ningbo-Zhoushan
  • Chengdu-Chongqing Ring Road(成渝环线高速公路)(G93): Chengdu-Deyang-Mianyang-Suining-Chongqing-Luzhou-Yibin-Leshan-Ya’an-Chengdu
  • Pearl River Delta Ring Road(珠三角环线高速公路)(G94): Hong Kong-Macao-Zhuhai-Zhongshan-Jiangmen-Foshan-Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen-Hong Kong
    Connecting Line: Dongguan-Foshan Expressway(莞佛高速公路)(G9411): Dongguan-Foshan
  • Capital City Beltway(北京大外环高速公路)(G95): Miyun-Langfang-Zhuozhou-Zhangjiakou-Congli-Chengde-Pinggu-Miyun
  • Hainan Ring Road(海南环线高速公路)(G98): Haikou-Qionghai-Sanya-Dongfang-Haikou
  • Taiwan Ring Road(台湾环线高速公路)(G99): Taipei-Taichung-Kaohsiung-Taitung-Hualien-Taipei

City Ring Road

Beijing: G4501 Zhengzhou: G3001 Tianjin: G2501 Shanghai: G1501
Jinan: G2001 Hefei: G4001 Fuzhou: G1501  Shijiazhuang: G2001
Wuhan: G4201 Changsha: G0401 Taiyuan: G2001 Xian: G3001
Kunming: G56S, G5601 Yinchuan: G0601 Lanzhou: G2201 Xining: G0612
Hohhot: G0601 Urumqi: G3001 Shenyang: G1501 Changchun: G2501
Dalian: G1101 Qingdao: G1501 Ningbo: G1501 Xiamen: G1503
Hangzhou: G2501 Shenzhen: G2501 Guiyang: G6001 Nanning: G7201
Nanchang: G6001 Guangzhou: G1508 Chengdu:G4201, G4202, G4203 Chongqing: G5001
Lhasa: G0601 Harbin: G1001 Nanjing: G2501 Haikou: G7201

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