China National Highway 219
China National Highway 219 (G219) is a highway which runs along the entire western and southern border of the People's Republic of China, from Kom-Kanas Mongolian ethnic township in Xinjiang to Dongxing in Guangxi. At over 10,000 kilometres (6,214 mi) long, it will be the longest National Highway once completed.
|Length||10,000 km (10,000 mi)|
|north-west end||Kom-Kanas Mongolian Ethnic Township|
|China National Highways|
Construction of this road was started in 1951. It was completed in 1957. The road passes through disputed area of Aksai Chin, an area administered by the People's Republic of China but also claimed by India, and its construction was one of the triggers for the Sino-Indian War of 1962. Originally made of gravel, it was fully paved with asphalt in 2013.
As one of the highest motorable roads in the world, the breathtaking scenery of Rutog County also ranks as some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet. Domar township—a town of concrete blocks and nomad tents—is one of the bleakest and most remote outposts of the People's Liberation Army at the edge of the Aksai Chin. Near the town of Mazar many trekkers turn off for both the Karakorum range and K2 base camp. Approaching the Xinjiang border, past the final Tibetan settlement of Tserang Daban is a dangerous 5,050-meter-high pass. Tibetan nomads in the area herd both yaks and two-humped camels. Descending through the western Kunlun Shan, the road crosses additional passes of 4,000 and 3,000 meters, and the final pass offers brilliant views of the Taklamakan Desert far below before descending into the Karakax River basin.
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Route and distanceEdit
This section needs to be updated. The reason given is: Repaving changed the route at various locations..January 2020)(
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The route was expanded in the China National Highway Network Planning (2013–2030) both northward and eastward to span the entire Chinese western and southern border. The new route will measure over 10,000 kilometres (6,214 mi), making it by far the longest National Highway.
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- Xinjiang-Tibet Highway (Yecheng-Burang)
- The Highway 219 from Yecheng over Western Tibet to Kathmandu Description and profile of the route.
- From Kashgar to Lhassa Photos along highway 219 (text in French).
- Some photos along the Highway 219
- A detailed description of a bicycle ride along highway 219 with many photos