November 1, 2003，Beijing opened 5th Ring Road. Beijing's 5th Ring Road is a ring road encircling the city about 10 kilometers away from the city centre. It takes the form of an expressway (although it is being modified in part as a city express road) and is 98 kilometres in length. Being a ring road, it has no natural start or end point, although the "0 km" mark is found near the northeastern stretch at Laiguangying, at the intersection with the Jingcheng Expressway. The expressway ring road is a provincial-level road in Beijing municipality.
All of Beijing's expressways, except for the Jingha Expressway, are interlinked with the 5th Ring Road. Being close to the Olympic venues for the games of summer 2008, it earns itself a nickname -- "Olympic Avenue".
Portions of the expressway have a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h, with the remainder imposing a speed limit of 100 km/h. There is a universal minimum speed limit of 50 km/h.
Six lanes (three up, three down) form the expressway ring road.
Originally Posted: China Business Daily
Author: Angulo Fu