A video going viral on social media claims that China has opened an 880 km-long highway which connects their country directly to Pakistan.
Almost four minute long, the video shows an aerial view of a swanky elevated corridor, with several vehicles passing through it. The “highway” passes through several terrains, right from mountains laden with snow to a river beneath it.
The video has received close to two million views.
No, China has not opened any 880 km highway linking it to Pakistan. The video being used make the fake claim belongs to Yaxi Highway, a 240 km-long highway with 270 viaducts and 25 tunnels, which connects Ya’an and Xichang in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
Extracting frames from the video using InVid Google Chrome extension and using them to do a reverse-image search, we were led to a post on Chinese social media platform ‘Weibo’.
The post when translated to English revealed that the screengrab belonged to 240 km Yakang expressway, the first section of which was opened to motorists in year 2012.
Touted to be world’s highest highway, it cost over RMB20 billion (S$4.14 billion) and took around five years to build. The skyroad, since it was opened to the public, became a major tourist attraction as it snakes through spectacular scenery in Sichuan Province.
We then searched on Google with keywords ‘Yakang expressway’, and this led us to a YouTube video tited ‘CHINA Expressway—–The video is extremely shocking’. The video was uploaded on January 6, 2019 by ‘’JOMOTECH-BEST E CIG MANUFACTURE IN CHINA’ channel.[embedded content]
To confirm, we checked if there was indeed any direct highway between China and Pakistan. As per Wikipedia, there exists a 1300 km long Karakoram Highway, also known as China-Pakistan friendship highway. We also found BBC videos on this highway.
It extends from Hasan Abdal in the Punjab province of Pakistan to the Khunjerab Pass in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir’s Gilgit-Baltistan, where it crosses into China and becomes China National Highway 314.
The highway was completed in 1979 and opened to public in 1986. About 887 km-long portion of the highway is in Pakistan, while remaining 413 km is in China.
Times Fact Check has found claim of China opening a 880 km-long highway to Pakistan to be false. The video used to make this claim shows visuals of Yakang expressway in China.