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China Over-Water Highway one of the World’s Most Scenic Roads

Over-Water Highway, one of the World’s Most Scenic Roads

Located in central China, the Over-Water Highway is one of the World’s Most Scenic Highways. In order to avoid cutting through the woods, about 4.4 kilometers of the 10.9-kilometer highway has been constructed above a river that runs through picturesque mountains.

The new road links Xingshang County and the Zhaojun Bridge in Hubei province, near the G42, a high-speed route that connects Shanghai in eastern China to Chengdu in south west China. The new road is paved. Works began in 2013 and finished in 2015.

The total cost of the project is estimated around 70 million dollars. The new road shows that drivers are literally travelling over water as the motorway is built in the middle of a river valley. The road is built on top of a bridge that follows the curve of the river valley.China emerged as one of the world's first civilizations in the fertile basin of the Yellow River in the North China Plain. China was one of the world's foremost economic powers for most of the two millennia from the 1st until the 19th century. For millennia, China's political system was based on absolute hereditary monarchies, or dynasties, beginning with the semi-legendary Xia dynasty in 21st century BCE. Since then, China has expanded, fractured, and re-unified numerous times. In the 3rd century BCE, the Qin reunited core China and established the first Chinese empire. The succeeding Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE) saw some of the most advanced technology at that time, including papermaking and the compass, along with agricultural and medical improvements. The invention of gunpowder and movable type in the Tang dynasty (618–907) and Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) completed the Four Great Inventions. Tang culture spread widely in Asia, as the new Silk Route brought traders to as far as Mesopotamia and the Horn of Africa.

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