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Scott5114:
AH1: Bulgaria to Tokyo via Tehran, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing, and Pyongyang. Clinch that if you dare.

Bruce:

--- Quote from: SkyPesos on April 25, 2021, 11:35:50 AM ---I'm not sure if Korea or Japan signs their Asian Highways, but I'm guessing no.

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There are a handful of signs in Japan and South Korea, but mostly for ceremonial points.

The eastern terminus at Nihonbashi in Tokyo:



Also, the North Korea-South Korea crossing was once opened for occasional use for South Korean companies to access the Kaseong Industrial Area, but that has since shut down.

bing101:

--- Quote from: Chris on April 25, 2021, 10:06:04 AM ---I don't really see the point of the Asian Highway network. They appear random and international travel by road remains limited in much of Asia. China has a huge network of expressways and only a few routes, while there is a big density of routes in Iran and surrounding areas.  Japan is served by only one route, Borneo Island has none.

The Asian Highway Network looks more like a hobby project than a useful and functional route numbering system. Some of the world's largest cities are not connected by Asian Highways on that map (like Beijing - Shanghai or Wuhan - Chengdu) while other routes aren't even paved, like in Mongolia.

European E road network was also extended into Central Asia but doesn't appear to be signed anywhere.

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True and Taiwan is not even connected by this Asian Highway system according to the OP map.

SkyPesos:

--- Quote from: bing101 on April 25, 2021, 06:50:35 PM ---
--- Quote from: Chris on April 25, 2021, 10:06:04 AM ---I don't really see the point of the Asian Highway network. They appear random and international travel by road remains limited in much of Asia. China has a huge network of expressways and only a few routes, while there is a big density of routes in Iran and surrounding areas.  Japan is served by only one route, Borneo Island has none.

The Asian Highway Network looks more like a hobby project than a useful and functional route numbering system. Some of the world's largest cities are not connected by Asian Highways on that map (like Beijing - Shanghai or Wuhan - Chengdu) while other routes aren't even paved, like in Mongolia.

European E road network was also extended into Central Asia but doesn't appear to be signed anywhere.

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True and Taiwan is not even connected by this Asian Highway system according to the OP map.

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Either that whoever created the system thought that China is 'good enough' for Taiwan, or that Taiwan sees no value in the Asian Highways. I'm leaning towards the latter for this one. Though (big if) Taiwan gets an AH route, I think it will be an isolated route like A26 in the Philippines, and the Freeway 1 route in Taiwan may get used for it, as it's a major route between Taiwan's major cities

TheStranger:

--- Quote from: Rothman on April 25, 2021, 01:26:29 PM ---I doubt the numbers assigned have much to do with buy-in into the system by the individual countries.

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In the case of the Philippines, all route numbering (both local and Asian Highway systems) is sparse at best.  While the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways has a numbering system, for most urban arterial roads there is one to two signs total for the entirety of the road, and for the expressways, no signage.  (It doesn't help that the expressway numbering system has logic issues, i.e. E2 assigned to at least 3 or 4 different connecting expressways if I am not mistaken).

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