A sensational drive to Xuebaoding Snow Mountain Pass
Xuebaoding Snow Mountain Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.015m (13,172ft) above the sea level, located in Songpan county of northwestern Sichuan province, in China.
Located near the scenic Mt.Xuebaoding, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called X120, also known as Pingsong Road. The winding and curvy road is not easy: swinging curves and hairpin bends frequently cause motion sickness. The road features 30 hairpin turns.
The pass, also known as Liang Yakou, is 41km (25.47 miles) long, running from Chuanzhusizhen to Huanglong. There’s a car park at the summit. The most challenging part of the road was bypassed by a tunnel called Xueshanliang Tunnel. The road is very steep, hitting a 25% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: zhuang lao