The Old Hongtiguan Tunnel Road is not for the faint of heart
Located in Pingshun County, in the southeast of Shanxi province, China, the old Hongtiguan Tunnel Road is a scary drive with an incline of about 30 degrees. It’s one of the famous Chinese tunnel roads.
Tucked away in the South Taihang Mountains, the road is totally unpaved and remains in its original state as a dirt road. It is made up of 5 road tunnels on cliffs and the height difference between the top and bottom tunnels is 200 meters. The road, famous for its steepness (30%), was built in 1968 by 800 villagers digging five culverts with the most primitive tools.
The tunnel links Tihou-Cun Village and Hongtiguan Pass. This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. The landscapes are magnificent, with numerous springs and waterfalls as well as quiet villages. In 2013, the old road was bypassed by the Hongtiguan Tunnel, part of the S76 Shanxi Changzhi-Pingshun Expressway.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez