Jiashao Cross-Sea Bridge [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Jiaxing is an important city of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) city cluster and the Shanghai metropolis circle, and is the sub-center of the Hangzhou metropolis circle. Boasting favorable geographical location and convenient transport, Jiaxing is accelerating the construction of major transportation infrastructure including intercity railways, high-speed railways and airport improvements to build itself into a strategic hub among the YRD cities integrating railway, aviation and river-sea intermodal transport.
Situated at the geographic center of the YRD, Jiaxing's traffic arteries extend in all directions, and include the Shanghai-Hangzhou railway, Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway, national highway 320 and Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway (G60). The Hangzhou-Pudong, Zhapu-Jiaxing-Suzhou and Shanghai-Jiaxing-Huzhou expressways pass through Jiaxing. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Hangzhou-Shanghai and Zhapu-Jiaxing-Suzhou watercourses are interconnected with the Changxing-Huzhou-Shanghai, Hangzhou-Huzhou-Wuxi waterways and the Qiantang River, forming a waterway network in northern Zhejiang. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge links Jiaxing with Ningbo while the Jiashao Cross-Sea Bridge connects Jiaxing with Shaoxing. Upon completion of major transport projects including the Nantong-Suzhou-Jiaxing-Ningbo high-speed railway, Shanghai-Zhapu-Hangzhou high-speed railway, Shanghai-Jiaxing intercity railway and Jiaxing Airport, Jiaxing will possess a 30-minute high-speed railway circle and a one-hour commuting circle between major cities in the YRD and play a more important role as a city hub in the YRD region.