China National Highway 209
|Length:||3,435 km (2,134 mi)|
|From:||Hohhot, Inner Mongolia|
China National Highway 209 (G209) runs from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia to Beihai, Guangxi province. It is 3,435 kilometres in length and runs south from Huhhot towards Shanxi province, Henan province, Hubei province, Hunan province, and ends in Guangxi province.
Despite the "National Highway" designation, G209 is not of uniform quality throughout its length. For example, as of 2009, the 20-kilometer section north of Badong is nothing but a very poor dirt road. Nonetheless, even that section is of importance for the national highway system: it is used e.g. by long-distance buses plying the route between Badong and points east. Many parts of the Muyu to Hongping section (in Hubei's Shennongjia Forestry District) are not much better. On the other hand, the section from the Shennongjia National Park entry to Muyu to Baishahe Village (in Nanyang Town, Xingshan County) is part of a recently upgraded Yichang-Shennongjia Highway.
Route and distance
|Route and distance|
Victory Bridge (built 1970, on the Yema He River, south of Hongping Town, Shennongjia) glorifies the victory of the Cultural Revolution
Hairpin turns are equipped with mirrors on the well-maintained section south of Yazikou Junction (main access to Shennongjia National Nature Reserve)
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