The road to Dabanshan Pass will take your breath away
Dabanshan Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.944m (12,939ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Haibei and Xining Prefectures, in Qinghai Province, China.
Set high in the Qilian Mountains, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called G227. It’s a challenging curvy road, with hairpin turns. This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. This road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year. There are assorted Silk Road memorials including a big statue purported to be of Marco Polo.
The road to the summit was bypassed by the Dabanshan tunnel: a toll road. The tunnel is 1.6 km long. There’s a lookout stop on the descent from the tunnel and traders who operate stands selling things there crowd around the cars.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson