Transport Network Opens Chengdu to the World

Authors: China Daily

2015-09-15

Chengdu, an exceptional large city in southwestern China with an area of 12, 390 square kilometers and a population of more than 14 million, was the first city in West China to have a subway system.
Chengdu, an exceptional large city in southwestern China with an area of 12, 390 square kilometers and a population of more than 14 million, was the first city in West China to have a subway system.
It also has the largest number of private cars and international air-routes in West China, and the fastest and most frequently used direct freight train from China to Europe.
"It's easier to reach heaven than to take the roads in Sichuan" is a line from a famous poem written during the Tang Dynasty (AD618-907).
That situation has changed totally today. With the booming of its economy and its opening up to the outside world during the past years, Chengdu has emerged as an important transportation hub.
"I think the biggest change of Chengdu during my stay here is the transportation," said Jonathan Kott from Seattle, who has lived in the city for 17 years.
Kott was first lured to the city by its delicious food, and fell in love with the location at first sight.
He speaks the Chengdu dialect fluently and is known to many locals as he often hosts local TV programs.
Kott said when he first arrived in Chengdu, the second ring road was mostly complete.
"Now Chengdu has wide roads, a growing subway system and an extensive bus system. These improvements greatly enhance Chengdu's transportation efficiency," he said.
"Furthermore, the newly opened international flights also add convenience and save time flying to other Asian and European cities. I think more foreigners will choose Chengdu as a travel destination and as a hub for other travel within Asia," he added.
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