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.

Shipki La

Shipki La is a high mountain pass and border post on the India-China border, at an elevation of 3.930 m (12,894ft) 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. 

China National Highway 217 (G217)

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.

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.

Torugart Pass

Torugart Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.752m (12,310ft) 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. 

Burma Road

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

Sichuan - Tibet Highway

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.

Over-Water Highway

Located in central China, the Over-Water Highway is one of the World’s Most Scenic Highways. In order to avoid cutting through the woods, about 4.4 kilometers of the 10.9-kilometer highway has been constructed above a river that runs through picturesque mountains.

Heaven's Gate

Located in the Tianmen Mountain National Park, in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, China, Heaven's Gate is one of China’s most famous landmarks.

Friendship Highway

The China-Nepal Highway (also known as the Friendship Highway) is a very scenic route on the Tibetan Plateau with a length of 753 km (467 miles). It’s regarded as one of the best overland journeys on the planet.

Tuen Mun Road

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 Haunted Roads in the world.

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 Guizhou Province, 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.

Semo La

Semo La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.578m (18,300ft) 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 roads of the country. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.

Tarim Desert Road

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.

China National Highway 219 (G219)

High altitude, thin, freezing dry air; intense harsh sunlight, galeforce winds with sub-zero windchill for hundreds and hundreds of kilometres. 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. Several stretches of the road are known to many as "no man's land." Its highest elevation is at 5.392m (17,690ft) above the sea level.

Irkeshtam Pass

Irkeshtam Pass is one of the world’s most remote border crossings. Located between Kyrgyzstan and China lies at an elevation of 3.005m (9,858ft) 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.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge

Located in the eastern coastal region of China, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge spans across the Hangzhou Bay and is one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.At 36 kilometers (23 miles) long and 14 meters (46 feet) wide, the bridge is the longest ocean-crossing bridge.

National Highway 318

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).

Khunjerab Pass

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.

Tanggu La

Tanggu La 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.

Gyatso La

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).

Tunnel roads in China

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.

Highest roads of China

Located in Southeast Asia, China is the world's third largest country, after Russia and Canada. China's mountains are a major feature of its physical geography with mountains, plateaus and hills accounting for about 65 percent of the country's landmass.

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.

Nathu La

Nathu La is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.310m (14,140ft) above the sea level, located in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India. 

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