The Jingkai Expressway
(京开高速公路, Hanyu Pinyin
: Jīngkāi Gāosù Gōnglù) is an expressway
which links Beijing
. At present, it is approximately 40 km in length in the Beijing section.
Opened just after the turn of the century, the relatively new expressway links Beijing south of Yuquanying (on the Southern 3rd Ring Road) to the ancient Chinese capital of Kaifeng. Only the segment running through Yufa, South Beijing, is complete. The expressway runs directly south and is particularly easily accessible heading south from the western 2nd Ring Road.
The Jingkai Expressway gets its name by the combination of two one-character Chinese abbreviations of both Beijing and Kaifeng (Beijing -> jing, Kaifeng -> kai).
The Jingkai Expressway, in its Beijing portion, runs within the confines of the municipality of Beijing
Basic Route: Beijing (Yuquanying - Daxing - Huangcun - Panggezhuang - Yufa) - China National Highway 106
Status: The Beijing portion is complete through Yufa, where it becomes China National Highway 106 after the Yufa Toll Gate.
Note: Some maps of the expressway incorrectly show it ending after a bridge near Gu'an in Hebei province. The actual terminus for the moment comes earlier, at Yufa. In 2004, an additional 7 kilometres of the Jingkai Expressway was announced.
The expressway was opened ahead of time from Yuquanying
through to Yufa
Its construction was of great importance as it quickly sped development in south Beijing, which was previously lacklustre territory.
Late on October 7, 2004, an accident occurred on the stretch heading south, near Lihua Bridge, as a large passenger vehicle collided with a lorry carrying coal. Twenty police offers from Hebei were injured.
Portions under construction or projection
The entire expressway is expected to link to Kaifeng; however, only a meagre 40-odd kilometres have been built in the Beijing section. Kaifeng is over 700 kilometres away from Beijing (to the south).
In 2004, an additional 7 kilometres of the Jingkai Expressway was announced, possibly finally linking it to Gu'an. China National Highway 106 coming into Beijing after Gu'an already has portions of the national highway redone as an expressway, albeit only for a kilometre or two.
Before Xihongmen Toll Gate, minimum 50 km/h, maximum 70 - 90 km/h; after Xihongmen Toll Gate, minimum 60 km/h, maximum 110 km/h. Speed checks are concentrated in the Yuquanying
- 5th Ring Road
area and get less after that.
CNY 0.5/km as of 5th Ring Road
intersection for sections south of the toll gate. (The 5th Ring Road intersection is free only for vehicles heading south toward Kaifeng.) Entire stretch from Yuquanying
costs CNY 20 (price for small passenger cars). Networked with 6th Ring Road
6 lanes (3 up, 3 down) from Yuquanying
- S. 6th Ring Road
; 4 lanes (2 up, 2 down) thereafter.
Good; portions further south are better.
: S. 3rd Ring Road
, S. 4th Ring Road
, S. 5th Ring Road
, S. 6th Ring Road
: None signposted, but one appears (both directions) near Tianguanmen.
Ring Roads of Beijing
: Connects with the S. 3rd Ring Road
, the S. 4th Ring Road
, the S. 5th Ring Road
, and the S. 6th Ring Road
The southern part of the expressway is linked to the Beijing Wildlife Park.
List of exits
[In operation now, heading south]
- Continues as China National Highway 106