National Highway 349: another road for driving to Tibet

By: China Tibet News
Updated: July 17, 2019

National Highway 318 and 317 have long been known as the most beautiful roads entering southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Now, between the two highways, here comes a new competitor, National Highway 349, which starts from Qamdo City's Chagyab County and ends in Xigaze City's Sagya County. This highway passes through Lhorong, Banbar and Lhari, beautiful natural scenery, along with numerous mountains, valleys and rivers, profound culture and history, which makes it become another golden road trip to Tibet.

The Ancient Tea-Horse Road has been forgotten for decades because of road diversion. Now with the construction of National Highway 349, it is about to usher in a complete new life.
The 118.79 km long section of National Highway 349 from Jinling Town of Qamdo's Banbar County to Niwu Town of Nagqu's Lhari County is under construction. Meanwhile, the reconstruction project of 91.304 km long section from Lhari to Lhasa's Maizhokunggar is expected to be completed in May 2021.
The section between Banbar and Lhari is also a part of the Provincial Highway 302 and 303 in Tibet Autonomous Region. In the National Highway Network Plan (2013-2030), it has been listed as a constituent section of National Highway 349.
Provincial Highway 302 and 303 connect National Highway 214, 317 and 318 into a network highway structure, forming a highway corridor extending in all directions in eastern Tibet, and providing basic guarantee for the leapfrog development of eastern Tibet economic zone. The reconstruction project of the Banbar-Lhari-Maizhokunggar section of National highway 349 is one of the key projects in the road transportation extraordinary development planning and construction of Tibet Autonomous Region from 2013 to 2017, which is of great significance to promote the economic and social development along the line, especially the development of tourism, and to improve the production and living conditions along the line.