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Does the phrase "vast distances" seem a little too breathlessly superlative to anyone else? "Vast distances" makes me think of the Trans-Siberian Railroad or something like that. If I read the article right, it's only (roughly) a square 40km on a side, or about twice the distance (a little more allowing for its more rectangular shape) of I270 around Columbus, which I have never heard called a long road, to say nothing of "vast distances". Are most roads in China very short in comparison, or is the article just being overly dramatic? -- jonadab
Locally, sure. If compared with the 2nd Ring Road, which has exits every 500-1000 metres, it's huge. It's all relative, however, and if you feel it's too breathlessly superlative, be bold and make it less dramatic. ;-) --DF08 15:23, 28 Feb 2005 (UTC)
Okay, I can see that. I toned the wording down just a little, adding "in comparison to the inner ring roads" for perspective. This is an interesting point because it highlights a cultural difference: around here, many people would consider the whole distance around the thing to be a reasonable distance to drive to work each morning, a practice known as commuting. --jonadab
It might be the difference between urban and non urban areas? If you have a square 40km a side around NYC, for example, it is still pretty big. But it is true the a lot of people in the States drive an hour or two to work. (This doesn't really happen in Canada though, even though it's just to the north) Beginner 16:47, 14 December 2006 (UTC)