China, country of costly infrastructure projects

China has costly infrastructure projects. The country is planning on building a $36 billion tunnel twice the length of the one under the English Channel. It will be the world’s longest underwater tunnel, creating a rail link between two northern port cities.

The world’s largest bridge, the biggest airport, the longest gas pipeline. Enormous infrastructure projects are a Chinese tradition, the New York Times reports.

The newspaper has compiled a list of China’s ambitious multi-billion projects, is based on plans that China’s National Development and Reform Commission approved in November for nearly $115 billion. The projects include on 21 supersize infrastructure projects.

Some great examples in the NYT report:

  • Gansu Wind Farm - This is expected to be the world’s biggest wind turbine farm, with a capacity of 20,000 megawatts by 2020. Cost: $17.5 billion.
  • Jiaozhou Bay Bridge - At 26.4 miles long, the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, with six lanes for car traffic. Cost: $ 2.3 billion.
  • Shanghai Yangshan Deepwater Port - Built 20 miles out to sea, on a group of islands connected by one of the world’s longest bridges. This project makes Shanghai port system the world’s largest container shipping port. Cost: $ 18 billion.

Further reading on nytimes.com

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