China to reinforce expressway, high-speed railway networks
Updated: 2011-03-05 10:45
BEIJING - China will reinforce its networks of expressways and high-speed railways during the 2010-2015 period to facilitate the nation's economic growth, the draft 12th Five-Year Plan unveiled Saturday.
By the end of 2015, total length of the high-speed railway network will reach 45,000 kilometers, covering almost all cities with a population of more than 500,000.
The construction of a railway linking Tibet autonomous region and Sichuan province in Southwest China will be considered, said the document.
The total length of expressways will reach 83,000 km, covering cities with a population of more than 200,000.
Megacities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou will have complete urban light rail networks by 2015.
A new airport will be constructed in Beijing. A number of airports will also be built or expanded across the country.
Lawmakers and political advisers gather in Beijing to discuss major issues.
An automobile mechanic in Northeast China made a test flight of his self-made aircraft which cost about US$395.
Masked revellers celebrate in Saint Mark's Square in Venice.