dangerousroads.org

the world's most spectacular roads

Guoliang Tunnel is one of the most famous tunnels in the world. It’s 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) long, 5 metres (16 ft) tall and 4 metres (13 ft) wide, located high in the Taihang Mountains of the Henan Province, China.

The tunnel, carved along the side of and through a mountain, opened to traffic on May 1, 1977, it's quite a tourist attraction, giving the village a little too much unwanted attention, but some very welcome revenue.  

 

Before its construction in 1972, the only access to civilization of the village of Guoliang, located high in the Taihang Mountains of the Henan Province, was some steep, narrow stairs embedded in the mountainside called the “Sky Ladder”, a treacherous, slippery climb even for the most nimble and sure-footed of the villagers or their rare company callers. Thirteen villagers headed by their chief, Shen Mingxin began the project, but several died during construction, so the others continued relentlessly. It took five years to finish this spooky tunnel. 

 

Nowadays, the tunnel is an extremely scenic route and is a key destination on the Chinese tourism map as it became a tourist attraction when China opened its borders to international tourists. The tunnel is pretty scary with 30 windows of various sizes and shapes and it has been dubbed as the road that does not tolerate any mistakes. Most accidents in the tunnel are primarily caused by the neglect of the traveller. 

 

In Turkey there’s a road called Kemaliye Taş Yolu, probably more spectacular than this road, but less famous. It’s located in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, and it includes several tunnels on a gravel surface. The Turkish road is extreme, bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails.

This road has been heralded as one of the most spectaculars roads in the world by the dangerousroads.org users. It’s only wide enough for the very slow, careful passing of oncoming cars. This is made terrifying by the fact that the road was built on the path of least resistance. The tunnel twists, turns and dips in unpredictable places, enough to leave any driver white-knuckled in terror at what could be coming at them around the slippery blind spot of a bend. 

Share this road

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

Comments   

0 #3 Kelle 2014-09-13 11:12
I'll immediately snatch your rss feed as I can not in finding your
email subscription link or newsletter service.
Do you have any? Please permit me recognize so that I may just subscribe.

Thanks.

My web blog :: lawyers.theppma ttorney.com - Kelle: http://lawyers.theppma ttorney.com/,
0 #2 los angeles car oil 2014-08-13 10:05
This is the perfect site for everyone who realy wanys to understand thus topic.
You know so much its alost tough to argue with you (not that
I actually would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject which has been discussed for a
long time. Excellent stuff, just wonderful!

Feel free to surf to my web blog los angeles car oil
change: http://www.amjautorepair.com/map
0 #1 Patricia 2014-05-15 05:45
Great article, totally what I needed.

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Find the roads on your country

Newest roads

Kings Canyon Scenic Byway (California 180)
Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is a byway located in California, USA, goingh within the Sequoia National Forest, with a total length of 50.0 mi (80.5 k…

Read More

SH20 (Hani i Hotit-Vermosh)
SH20 is a mountain road in northwestern part of Albania with a length of 20.7 miles. The road starts in Hani i Hotit, where a border crossing point be…

Read More

Monte Jafferau
The Monte Jafferau is a mountain in the Hautes Alpes,with a highest peak of 2,805 m above sea level. It’s located in front of the town of Dora di…

Read More

Shipki La
Shipki La is a high mountain pass and border post on the India-China border, at an elevation of 5.669m (18599 ft) above the sea level. The border…

Read More

Shipki La
Shipki La is a high mountain pass and border post on the India-China border, at an elevation of 5,669m (18,599 ft) above the sea level. The border…

Read More

National Highway 22
National Highway 22 is one of the world's deadliest roads. Located in India, the road has dangerous cliffs, poor bridges and tunnels, heavy traffic an…

Read More

Chinook Pass
  Chinook Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5,430 ft (1,655 m) above the sea level, located in the Cascade Range, between the towns o…

Read More

Cayuse Pass
  Cayuse Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,675 ft. (1,425 m.) above the sea level, located in the Cascade Mountains in the state of…

Read More

Sonora Pass
Sonora Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 9,624 ft. (2,933 m.) above the sea level, located in the Sierra Nevada, in California, United S…

Read More

North Pass
  North Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 10,149 ft (3,093 m) above the sea level, located in Saguache County, Colorado, in USA.…

Read More

D943-Gorges du Hourat
  D943 road through the Gorges du Hourat is one of the great drives in south-western France.…

Read More

Т1421
  Т1421 is a short road with a length of 28km located in the Lviv Oblast (province), in western Ukraine.…

Read More

Share YOUR roads!
We've more than 1,550 roads but we want more. We want your experiences too! Do you know any spectacular roadClick here to send us all the info, and we'll publish it