the world's most spectacular roads


Tian Men Shan Big Gate Road

Located within the Tianmen Mountain National Park, in northwestern Hunan Province, China, the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road (also called the Tianmen Winding Mountain Road) is 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) long from the bottom to the top. The highest point of the road is at 1.300m above sea level, and the lowest point is 200m. The construction of the road took eight years, finishing in 2006.

Irkeshtam Pass is one of the world’s most remote border crossings. Located between Kyrgyzstan and China lies at an elevation of 3.005 m above the sea level. This is a popular border crossing for travelers journeying across Central Asia. It’s located east of the Alay Valley in southern Osh Province, Kyrgyzstan.

Guoliang Tunnel

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. It’s one of the famous Chinese tunnel roadsRoad requires monk-like focus to drive. Even one mistake, locals say, means big trouble in little China.


Khunjerab Pass (sometimes called Khunerjab Pass) is a high mountain pass on the northern border of Pakistan with China, at an elevation of 4,733 meters (15,528 feet) above the sea level. It's the highest border-crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway.

The Burma Road was a very important road during the WW2 linking Lashio, in eastern Burma (now Myanmar), with Kunming, in Yunnan province, China.

The Sichuan-Tibet Highway is a high-elevation road that begins in Chengdu of Sichuan on the east and ends at Lhasa in Tibet on the west. The road is 2,142km long. None-the-less it’s a regular route for truck drivers heading to the roof of the world.


Some small villages in the Taihang Mountains of China were extremely isolated from the rest of the world by the cliffs and mountains. It was necessary to walk by small scary and dangerous paths to arrive there.

The China-Nepal Highway (also known as the Friendship Highway) is a scenic route on the Tibetan Plateau with a length of 1.000km. This gravel road includes seven 3,500 meters passes, with one pass as high as 5,000 meters.

Suge La

Suge La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.430m (17,815 feet) above the sea level, located in the Nyenchen Dangla Mountains about 110kms northwest of Lhasa. It’s one of the highest motorable road passes of the world. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.


High altitude, thin, freezing dry air; intense harsh sunlight, galeforce winds with sub-zero windchill, hundreds and hundreds of kilometres of the worst road surface imaginable. China National Highway 219 (G219) runs along the southwestern border of the People's Republic of China, from Yecheng (Karghilik) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to Lhatse in the Tibet Autonomous Region. It is 1,296 miles (2,086 kilometers) in length. 


China National Highway 217 (G217) is an asphalted and lonely road with a length of 1,753 km (1,089 mi) located in southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China.

China National Highway 318 (G318) runs from Shanghai to Zhangmu on the China-Nepal border and is the longest highway in China, crossing over eight provinces, with a length of 5,476 kilometres (3,403 mi).


Tuen Mun Road is a very congested highway located in Hong Kong. It links Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan. Local folkore says it’s haunted by the ghosts of those who have been killed while traveling it. It's one of the Top#18 Haunted Roads in the world.

Gyatso La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.220m (17,125ft) above the sea level, located in Lhazê County, a county of the Xigazê Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China. The pass is the highest point on the Friendship Highway (China-Nepal).

Torugart Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,752 m (12,310 ft) above the sea level, located in the Tian Shan mountain range on the border between the Naryn Province of Kyrgyzstan and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China. This remote mountain pass it’s one of two border crossing between Kyrgyzstan and China and it’s billed as one of the most logistically difficult international borders to cross in the world. 


Tanggu La Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.231m (17,162ft) above the sea level, located in the Tanggula Mountains, a mountain range in the central part of the Tibetan Plateau in the People's Republic of China. The pass is traversed by the China National Highway 109, the road between Beijing and Lhasa. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

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 is no longer open for non-residents. The pass is traversed by the National Highway 5, the former NH22. It’s one of the world’s highest motorable road passes.


Nathu La is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above the sea level, located in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

Semo La

Semo La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.565m (18,259ft) above the sea level, located in Tsochen county in Ngari Prefecture, in the central part of Tibet, in China. It gives access to the Chang Tang region. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.

24-Zig Road

The 24-Zig Road is one of the most spectacular roads in China. This winding mountain road is located near Qinglong town in GuizhouProvince, in the southwest of the country. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world. The road was built by the Chinese during WWII to transport supplies to help resist the Japanese invasion.


Tarim Desert Road is an asphalted road crossing the Taklamakan Desert from North to South in China. The 552-kilometer-long desert crossing highway is the world's longest highway across a shifting-sand desert.

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