G7 Expressway is the world's longest desert expressway
Stretching across the north and northwest of China the G7 Expressway is said to be the world’s longest highway across the desert.
The G7 Beijing–Ürümqi Expressway is a paved toll road running from Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, and Ürümqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the far northwest of the country. The road is 2.540km (1,580mi) long.
The road opened in July 2017 and will boost the exploitation of regional mineral resources and tourism. It’s a toll road crossing several deserts, including Gobi Desert, the world’s fifth largest desert. During its construction, workers needed to overcome severe working conditions: sandstorms, hot weather and water shortage.
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