World’s Longest Desert Highway Now Being Built

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900 kilometers of desert highway — the longest desert highway in the world — is now being built in Inner Mongolia, North China.

The highway is part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which is a plan to connect Asia with Europe: Beijing to Rotterdam, Holland.

More immediately, the desert highway will be part of the new route between Beijing and Urumqi in China’s far western Xinjiang Uyghur region, a distance of more than 2,000 kilometers. The new road is expected to cut 12 hours off the trip between these points.

The stretch of desert connects Linhe district in Bayan Nur City and Baigeda in Alxa League.

Longest Desert Highway