Yunnan Transportations

Located south China, Yunnan Province has highly developed transportation, It can be reachable by air, by train, by land and by water all around.

Because of its special location, Yunnan Province was first connected by railway not to the rest of China, but to the Vietnamese port of Haiphong by a French engineered narrow gauge railway, the Sino-Vietnamese Railway completed in 1910. As for connecting the rest of China, it took another fifty years for the province to be connected by rail to the rest of China with the completion of the Chengdu–Kunming line. Now, more and more lines have been added: a southern line connecting to Nanning and a north-eastern line connecting to Sichuan via Yibin. In addition, an extension now also links Kunming to Dali, with the stretch to Lijiang is under construction and nearing completion. There are two ambitious plans to extend the railway lines. One of the plans is to link from Dali to Ruili has been announced in 2006. The other is to extend the railway line from Kunming all the way to Singapore, with connections to the other South East Asian countries, will be opened in 2017. So, it is really convenient to travel by rail.

The road construction in Yunnan has never stoped: over the last years the province has added more new roads than any other province. Today expressways link Kunming through Dali to Baoshan, Kunming to Mojiang (on the way to Jinghong), Kunming to Qujing, Kunming to Shilin (Stone Forest).According to the official plan, all major towns and neighbouring capitals are all connected with expressways by 2010, and to complete a high-speed road network by 2020.

Be differ from other province, rivers are obstacles to transport in Yunnan. Only a few of them are navigable. To solve this problem, China is constructing s series of dams on the Mekong to develop it as a waterway and source of power. The first one was completed at Manwan in 1993. Another 807 km of navigation lines is added by the province. In other words, it is much convenient to travel by waterway in Yunnan Province.

There are ten provincial air routes from Kunming to Jinghong, Mangshi, Lincang, Tengchong, Lijiang, Dali, Zhongdian (Shangri-la), Zhaotong, Baoshan and Simao; twenty domestic air routes from Kunming to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Haikou, Chongqing, Shenyang, Harbin, Wuhan, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Nanning, Shenzhen, Guiyang, Changsha, Guilin, Lhasa and Hong Kong; and ten international air routes from Kunming to Bangkok, Calcutta, Chiang Mai, Yangon, Singapore, Seoul, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Vientiane. Among them, the Wujiaba Airport in Kunming is a national first-class airport and the other airports are second-class terminals. In east of city at dabanqiao, there is a new airport for Kunming, began construction in 2006, but is not expected to be completed until 2015. You will enjoy the trip for the convenient transportation.

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