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Nanjing Transportation

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Nanjing’s major avenue of commerce is the Yangtze River, which connects the city with the Yangtze delta and with central China. The port of Nanjing is equipped with specialized coal, oil, container, and automobile roll-on/roll-off wharves. In addition to the major ports at Xiaguan and Pukou, there is a large port facility at Xinshengyu, some 6 miles (10 km) downstream from Xiaguan, that opened in the mid-1980s to directly handle foreign trade.

Nanjing is connected by rail to Shanghai to the southeast and to other major Chinese cities to the north. Intercity commuter rail service between Shanghai and Nanjing now takes less than 21/2hours one way. Another rail line, leading south and southwest, extends to Wuhu and Tongling in Anhui province; a loop line through the eastern suburban districts links it with the Shanghai-Nanjing line. In 1968 the rail ferry between Pukou and Xiaguan was replaced by the city’s first bridge across the Yangtze. More than 20,000 feet (6,100 metres) in length, it has a double-track railroad on its lower deck and a four-lane highway on the upper deck. Two more bridges have been built downstream of the first (opened in 2001 and 2005, respectively), the latter having a main span of 2,126 feet (648 metres).

While bicycles and buses are still major means of transport within Nanjing, the city streets have become increasingly crowded with cars and trucks that add significantly to traffic congestion in the downtown area. To help relieve this congestion, the city began construction of an extensive light-rail transit system, the first line of which opened in 2005. Major highways, including expressways, fan out from Nanjing to Shanghai and other cities in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Anhui provinces. Nanjing Lukou International Airport, located in a southern suburban district some 22 miles (35 km) from the city centre, has regular flights to other major cities in China and to some international destinations.

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