The China National Highway 318
China's quake-relief armed police restore cross-border highway with Nepal
BARABISE - The road-repair and rescue detachment of China's armed police forces have restored a cross-border highway linkling earthquake-hit Nepal with China, Chinese and Nepali officers said on Friday. Officers of the Chinese armed police forces told Xinhua that some 200 Chinese armed police personnel have jointed the reparation efforts since May 3. The Chinese team has repaired 31 km of the severely damaged parts of the 114-km Araniko Highway, which connects with the China National Highway 318 to Lhasa, the capital of China's Tibet autonomous region. Traffic of the highway has been halted as the road was damaged at many locations since the April 25 earthquake, which has left more than 8,400 people dead in Nepal. Extremely steep slopes on the sides of the road and the potential landslides have been posing threats to the Chinese team. The team is expected to be stationed on the highway for more days on a maintenance mission.
Landslide blocks national highway in central China
WUHAN -- No casualties were reported when a landslide blocked a national highway in central China's Hubei province, local authorities said on Saturday. The landslide occurred at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday in Yesanguan Town,Badong County, in Enshi Tujia, Miao Autonomous Prefecture, said Xiang Dingyong, leader of the traffic police team under the Public Security Bureau of Badong County More than 2,000 cubic meters of rock and mud blocked a 50-meter section of the No. 318 National Highway that connects Shanghai and Tibet, stranding more than 1,000 vehicles, he said. "All the stranded vehicles have been evacuated by Saturday," he said. During the blockage, vehicles were forced to make a 30-minute detour more than 10 kilometers away. Efforts to clear the highway were hindered by heavy rain that started on Friday. It was expected to continue until Wednesday, he said "It needs a week to resume the traffic." The hills in Yesanguan Town are fragile and have seen many landslides. A slide at the entrance of a rail tunnel of Yiwan Railway killed 31 on November 20.
National highway to Tibet blocked after mud-rock flows
NYINGCHI, Tibet : One of the three national highways to southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region was blocked Monday after mud-rock flows. No casualties were reported. The landslide occurred Monday morning in Sumzom Township in Powo County, Nyingchi Prefecture, on the Sichuan-Tibet highway, part of the No. 318 National Highway from eastern Shanghai to Tibet, said Chen Jun, a police officer in charge of maintaining the section. Related readings: National highway to Tibet blocked after mud-rock flows Storms cripple Tibet highway, 2 dead in Sichuan National highway to Tibet blocked after mud-rock flows Highway to reach China's last county of no road National highway to Tibet blocked after mud-rock flowsTraffic resumes on Sichuan-Tibet Highway after avalanche National highway to Tibet blocked after mud-rock flows Mountain collapse halts traffic on Chengdu-Tibet road National highway to Tibet blocked after mud-rock flows $857m for highway construction in Tibet More than 100 vehicles were stranded by rocks and mud extending more than 70 meters on the road. A bridge was also destroyed, he said. A rescue team of more than 20 people as well as grabs and loaders were dispatched to the site, but it was difficult to repair the road as lots of huge rocks had fallen, he said. The team prepared to explode the huge rocks, while some officers were distributing food to the stranded passengers. It needed at least 20 hours to resume the traffic, rescuers said. The Sichuan-Tibet highway, along with Qinghai-Tibet highway and Xinjiang-Tibet highway, are the three major roads to Tibet. Heavy rains hit most part of southwest China these days, triggering floods, landslides and mud-rock flows. A landslide in Sichuan Province on Saturday killed at least six people and damaged a bridge that is a key link for reconstruction of Wenchuan County, epicenter of the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in May last year.
1 During the expo, the China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corporation will sell its book A Guide to China's Caravanning Life, claimed to be the first guidebook of its kind in China. The corporation is planning to expand its chain campsites named "318" to 25 to 30, covering provinces such as Guizhou and Gansu along the national 318 highway.
2 The tragedy happened when a truck collided head-on with a motorcycle at about 12 am on Wednesday on the Zhijiang section of the National Highway 318.
3 The Sichuan-Tibet National Highway 318 and Yunnan-Tibet National Highway 214 converge in Mangkam County, and there are many stops on long-distance coach routes at both Mangkam and Yanjing. Transportation to the area is convenient but it's a long journey, and a bumpy road.