Map: China’s Transportation Network

Monday, August 14, 2006 0:50

We hope you enjoy this week’s map entitled China’s Transportation Network.

Since the mid 1990s, the transportation network in China has grown and evolved immensely to support the growth of the country. The government has spent large sums of money to build sea ports, airports, rail heads, subways, and even a magnetic train in Shanghai to create what will become one of the world’s most complicated networks. It will take time, but with 18-20% of the cost of goods sold in China coming from logistics costs and with billions of people on the move, the need is there.

Traditionally, to support export oriented economy, the infrastructure on the East Coast was far ahead of the central or western regions. Fortunately, progress can be seen everyday as new rail lines ease traffic from Chengdu to Shanghai, airports open in third and fourth tier cities, and national highway systems are built to support long haul trucking. For many in the transportation and logistics industry, this is an exciting time for everyone as every day is a different one and the opportunities (and frustrations) seem sometime limitless…

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4 Responses to “Map: China’s Transportation Network”

  1. All Roads Lead To China » Forbes Review of Logistics Players in China says:

    October 3rd, 2006 at 2:00 am

    […] There are companies like APL and Maersk that will continue to focus on outbound traffic consolidation and companies that will focus only on inbound freight forwarding. however for DHL, UPS, FedEx, and TNT, the game is much more complicated. Creating a China-wide network (owned and outsourced) that will service global contracts and capture new ones is the brass ring that they are all reaching for. For more information, I encourage readers to view our reports on the logistics industry (Long Haul Logistics,Changing Nature of Distribution, and Logistics Overview ) and our map detailing China’s Domestic Transportation Network In addition, 3pl Wire and Asia Logistics Wrap are great blogs, and the China Supply Chain Management Council also offers very good information online Full disclosure: I was a former member of Emery Worldwide and UPS and I continue to work with providers in China and advise manufacturers in this area. […]


    January 12th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I am responding to a very confusing internet item about Forbes “Map: China’s Transportation Network,” dated August 14 2006 (perhaps). the undersigned is an American presently teaching (logistics) inKyiv Ukraine.

    Is it possible for me to obrain a copy of the above map, and any acompoanying article? If so, pleae advise cost and contact instructions.


    January 12th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Gentlemen: You are just a bit too esotleric for me! what does moderation mean? How about a reply instead?

  4. Rich says:

    January 12th, 2008 at 7:44 pm


    Thank you for your comments. The map was one that I created (not Forbes), and you can download the PDF version by saving the file found at China’s Transportation Network.

    Have a good week