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China Travel News and Events (April. 3rd, 2001)

Highways to Total 16,800 Miles In Tibet

According to the development plan of China's Tibet Autonomous Region for the next five years, the total length of highways in the region will be 16,800 miles by 2005.

In addition, 97 percent of Tibet's townships and 74 percent of its villages will have access to gravel roads by 2005.

As the only region in China that has no railways, Tibet's highways now transport 80 percent of the cargo coming in and going out of this autonomous region.

Statistics show that by the end of last year, Tibet's highways totaled 15,720 miles. About 80 percent of the region's townships and 67 percent of its villages have access to gravel roads.

Guangdong to Spend US$14.2 billion on Transportation Infrastructure

South China's Guangdong Province will spend 117.6 billion yuan (US$14.2 billion) in the next five years on the constructions of transportation infrastructure.

Main efforts will be taken to improve road networks in the province, including highways to east, west Guangdong and mountainous areas and roads between undeveloped districts.

The province planned to spend 22.2 billion yuan this year including 14.9 billion yuan on 400-kilometer highways. In addition, railways and water transportation will also be developed coordinately.

New Airport Running in Yunnan

With the landing of a Boeing 737 passenger plane, a new airport went into operation last week in Lincang County of Yunnan Province, southwest China.

As the 10th civilian airport in Yunnan, Lincang Airport is located in the town of Boshang, 22.5 kilometers away from the seat of the Lincang County government.

Lincang, with a population of 2.2 million, is a prefecture in southwest Yunnan as well as a major producer of tea and sugar cane.

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