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China’s Ancient Roadway

Tuesday, December 03, 2013


HEBEI PROVINCE, CHINA—The Jingxing Ancient Road, constructed through mountainous terrain in the third century B.C., was the main artery connecting Hebei and Shanxi provinces until the 1940s. “In ancient times, this flagging was a national road, bustling and crowded with people and vehicles. Since the distance between carriage wheels were made the same and this particular section of road was very narrow, repeated travel by carriages made grooves into the road. Workers were called on to flatten out the bulges left by wheeled vehicles of the time. As a result, the original was two meters higher than the current road,” explained tourist guide Jiang Chunxia. The road and the villages surrounding it will be preserved and developed for tourism.