Infrastructure Development in Guizhou


Infrastructure Development in Guizhou

by Live in Guizhou

PUBLISHED August 20, 2021 • 3 MIN READ

Unlike other provinces in China, in recent years Guizhou has invested most of its fiscal revenue in infrastructure construction, a great part in transportation, as Guizhou’s development experienced the biggest bottleneck due to poor transport conditions.
The mountainous karst landscape caused transport inconvenience, impeding salt from being transported into the province; as a result, the locals had been obliged to consume plant ash as a substitute for salt. In recent years, Guizhou launched many projects to build highways, railways, as well as bridges, in an effort to overcome its shortcomings.

Expressways in Guizhou

Nowadays, many tourists like to take a road trip in Guizhou. It is indeed an enjoyable experience to drive through the mountains, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Due credit goes to the perfect highway network in Guizhou.
In 2015, Guizhou became the first province in western China, and one of the few provinces in the country, to guarantee highway access in all its counties.

Wujiang River: Golden Waterway in Guizhou

I will introduce to you the largest river in Guizhou: Wujiang River.
Wujiang River, anciently called Qianjiang River, is the right tributary of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It is one of the most important water passages in Guizhou. At l,050 kilometers from the origin to the estuary, it has abundant and stable flow pattern. Rich in mineral resources, it is a veritable “golden waterway”. The Wujiang River System is distributed in the shape of a feather. It is famed for its torrential waters, numerous shoals and gorgeous canyons and is known as a “natural danger”. The natural landscape in the basin goes through obvious vertical changes. Picturesque sceneries are everywhere along the river, and so are the ethnic cultures and attractions.

Bridges in Guizhou

From ancient times, the conundrum of connecting China’s southwest region was Guizhou, and yet, the key is also Guizhou. Zhao Ximai, a poet in Song Dynasty, wrote in Arrival in Guizhou, that “only after passing one and then another road-side pavilion in a journey of twenty days, did I finally make it to Guizhou!”
For a long time, Guizhou has been determined to do one thing to improve its traffic conditions — bridge building.
Nowadays, as the sole province in China that has no plains, Guizhou has built over 20,000 bridges in the karst plateau and has thus broken dozens of world records. Among the top100 high bridges in the world, 46 were located in Guizhou. For the 40 years of the reform and opening up, many generations of workers have forged the Bridge Spirit and constructed a “museum” that exhibits numerous, types of sophisticated and difficult bridges. Behind the miracle is the real-life endeavor of the Chinese people.

Across the Deep Chasm: Bridges in Guizhou

When talking about their impression of Guizhou, many friends of mine would always mention the transportation networks – the roads, the bridges and the high- speed railways in Guizhou!
Guizhou, as the only province in China that has no plains, has now built “high-speed plains” in the midst of mountains. It is the first province in the western region of the country to guarantee access to highways in all counties, to have paved asphalt or cement roads in all villages and hardened roads in all village groups, to provide passenger transport service in all villages, and to make civil aviation service and high-speed trains available in all its cities. In order to break the transport bottleneck, Guizhou has turned its deep chasms into a thoroughfare.