Gorgeous Photos Of The Chinese Airports Putting America To Shame Right Now

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China’s air system is absolutely booming, with around 200 airports constructed or planned in the past two decades.

These airports aren’t made out of plywood, either. Hong Kong and Beijing’s airports are ranked among the top 10 in the world for customer service.

Where does China get the money for infrastructure? They don’t start wars or hand out trillion dollar tax cuts.

Since 1990, China has built nearly 70 new airports and upgraded over 90 existing airports

A Chinese worker walks inside the cavernous hall of the No. 3 terminal of Beijing's Capital airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 7, 2007. According to a Chinese website, the 79.3-meter-high terminal covers an area of 986,000 square meters making it twice as large as the total area of terminal 1 and 2. The new terminal, being built at a cost of 25 billion yuan (US$3.2 billion), is part of efforts to double the airport's capacity to 60 million passengers a year in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (AP Photo/EyePress) **CHINA OUT**

Source: McGraw Hill and UK Trade & Investment and Business Traveller

China will build another 70 airports over the next decade, reaching 244 by 2020

A worker rides an escalator during preparations at the new Terminal 3 building at Beijing Airport Tuesday Feb. 26, 2008. The terminal, which opens Friday, is a centrepiece project for the 2008 Olympics and is designed to relieve the overloaded airport's other two terminals and accommodate expected rapid growth in the number of visitors to Beijing. The huge, airy terminal will have 64 Western and Chinese restaurants, 84 retail shops, and a state-of-the-art-baggage handling system. Six airlines will begin flying into the terminal Friday, while others will switch over in March. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Source: UK Trade & Investment and Business Traveller

China will have 300 airports by 2030

COMPARISON: America has built one major airport since 9/11, the Indiana International Airport

COMPARISON: Maybe America doesn't need new airports... but we could really use some upgrades

COMPARISON: The three airports serving New York City were ranked #7, #5, and #1 on JD Power's list of the WORST AIRPORTS IN AMERICA

COMPARISON: Los Angeles International airport was ranked the second worst in America

Beijing Capital International Airport received a $3.2 billion expansion in time for the '08 Olympics

Chinese workers planting grass near the third terminal under construction for the Beijing Capital International airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, July 19, 2006. The new terminal, being built at a cost of 25 billion yuan (US$ 3.2 billion; euro 2.7 billion), is part of efforts to double the airport's capacity to 60 million passengers a year in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Upgrades include high tech security like these $200,000 liquid scanners

Liang Yinpeng, Deputy General Manager of Nuctech Co., demonstrates a new liquid scanner at a press conference in Beijing Tuesday Dec. 12, 2006. Nuctech, a company headed by the son of Chinese president Hu Jintao, has won a hefty government deal to supply airports throughout China with the scanners, which use X-rays to detect flammable or explosive liquids. The scanners, with an export price of US$200,000 each, are to be deployed in each of China's 147 airports in a deal worth at least tens of millions of dollars for Nuctech. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

It's also got a special terminal for the WORLD'S FASTEST TRAIN

A worker cleans at the high speed rail terminal at the new Terminal 3 building at Beijing Airport Tuesday Feb. 26, 2008. The terminal, which opens Friday, is a centrepiece project for the 2008 Olympics and is designed to relieve the overloaded airport's other two terminals and accommodate expected rapid growth in the number of visitors to Beijing. The huge, airy terminal will have 64 Western and Chinese restaurants, 84 retail shops, and a state-of-the-art-baggage handling system. Six airlines will begin flying into the terminal Friday, while others will switch over in March. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

COMPARISON: Here's how you get to LaGuardia

Beijing Airport is now the second busiest in the world, up from 10th in 2008

Workers walk through the new Terminal 3 building at Beijing Airport Tuesday Feb. 26, 2008. The terminal, which opens Friday, is a centrepiece project for the 2008 Olympics and is designed to relieve the overloaded airport's other two terminals and accommodate expected rapid growth in the number of visitors to Beijing. The huge, airy terminal will have 64 Western and Chinese restaurants, 84 retail shops, and a state-of-the-art-baggage handling system. Six airlines will begin flying into the terminal Friday, while others will switch over in March. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Shanghai's Pudong Airport was third in cargo movement in 2009

Hong Kong's airport ranked second in cargo traffic, behind only Memphis

Hong Kong and Beijing airports ranked second among global airports for passenger satisfaction, according to Skytrax

Source: SkyTrax

COMPARISON: None of America's airports made the list

Chinese airports will experience a 11.4 per cent increase in passengers and a 14 per cent increase in cargo

Chinese airports serving 30 million passengers a year will jump from 3 to 13 by 2020

Security guards walk past windows during preparations at the new Terminal 3 building at Beijing Airport Tuesday Feb. 26, 2008. The terminal, which opens Friday, is a centrepiece project for the 2008 Olympics and is designed to relieve the overloaded airport's other two terminals and accommodate expected rapid growth in the number of visitors to Beijing. The huge, airy terminal will have 64 Western and Chinese restaurants, 84 retail shops, and a state-of-the-art-baggage handling system. Six airlines will begin flying into the terminal Friday, while others will switch over in March. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Here's a beautiful runway picture from one of those rural airports

Here's another look at Beijing's airport

Here's a last look at Hong Kong's resplendent airport

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