Incredible footage shows a 37-mile highway built across a RESERVOIR in China 2 min read

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Drivers travelling along this special expressway in Jiangxi province might just wish that their journey would never end. 

A 37-mile section of the Yongwu Expressway is built over the clear, turquoise waters of Zhelin Reservoir, located west of renowned scenic spot Lushan Mountain.

A series of recently emerged images of the breathtaking route that connects Yongxiu County and Wuning County show drivers literally travelling over water along a stunning jade belt.

A 37-mile section of the Yongwu Expressway is built over the Zhelin Reservoir, located west of Lushan Mountain in Jiangxi

A 37-mile section of the Yongwu Expressway is built over the Zhelin Reservoir, located west of Lushan Mountain in Jiangxi

A 37-mile section of the Yongwu Expressway is built over the Zhelin Reservoir, located west of Lushan Mountain in Jiangxi

A system is also currently in place to gather and filter surface runoff such as oil, chemicals and other pollutants off the bridge 

A system is also currently in place to gather and filter surface runoff such as oil, chemicals and other pollutants off the bridge 

A system is also currently in place to gather and filter surface runoff such as oil, chemicals and other pollutants off the bridge 

The special highway is built on top of 17 bridges submerged in water and follows the curve of the massive reservoir, which spans over an area of 248 square kilometers (95.7 square miles) and has a water capacity of 8 billion cubic meters, according to China Daily’s travel page.  

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Breathtaking aerial footage shows the expressway blending effortlessly into the gigantic reservoir, which appeared to stretch infinitely into the distance against the sky.

Visitors would find themselves driving around islands and small hills over deep, blue waters that resemble a watercolour landscape painting. The entire Yongwu Expressway stretches across 104 kilometres. 

Images of the route that connects Yongxiu County and Wuning County show drivers  travelling over water along a jade belt

Images of the route that connects Yongxiu County and Wuning County show drivers  travelling over water along a jade belt

Images of the route that connects Yongxiu County and Wuning County show drivers travelling over water along a jade belt

During the highway's construction back in 2011, a strict monitoring system was created to prevent any environmental damage

During the highway's construction back in 2011, a strict monitoring system was created to prevent any environmental damage

During the highway’s construction back in 2011, a strict monitoring system was created to prevent any environmental damage

During the highway’s construction back in 2011, a strict monitoring system was created to prevent any environmental damage from building materials, according to a previous CCTV report. 

The water and air quality of the area meet national first-grade standard, it added.

A collection system is also currently in place to gather and filter surface runoff such as oil, chemicals and other pollutants off the bridge to prevent them from contaminating the water.

The water and air quality of the area meet national first-grade standard, according to a previous CCTV report

The water and air quality of the area meet national first-grade standard, according to a previous CCTV report

The water and air quality of the area meet national first-grade standard, according to a previous CCTV report

The route is built near the renowned scenic spot Lushan Mountain, which is known as a spiritual symbol of Chinese civilisation

The route is built near the renowned scenic spot Lushan Mountain, which is known as a spiritual symbol of Chinese civilisation

The route is built near the renowned scenic spot Lushan Mountain, which is known as a spiritual symbol of Chinese civilisation

The Lushan Mountain National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 and is more than just a tourist attraction. 

Known as one of the spiritual symbols of Chinese culture and civilisation, more than 1,500 famed painters and poets from various periods of ancient and modern China, such as Li Bai (李白) of the Tang Dynasty and Xu Zhimo (徐志摩) in 1920s – have traveled here to be inspired by the mountain’s striking aesthetics, according to UNESCO.

More than 200 historic buildings are located in the Lushan National Park, including complexes of prayer halls that have been rebuilt and extended many times to create an ongoing centre for study and religion.