Kunshan Tunnel Road is a spectacular road located in the Taihang Mountains of China. It’s one of the famous Chinese tunnel roads.
The village of Kunshan was extremaly isolated from the rest of the world. To arrive to that place it was a small path, scary and dangerous. The only way to reach it was to walk through a valley surrounded by steep cliffs, and then climb a series of cut out stone steps. The road is much more dangerous than the Gouliang tunnel. A handful of local villagers built a tunnel to be hewn by hand for accessing this nearby clifftop village in remote Henan Province. The road takes vehicles from 1,000 to 1,300 meters above sea level, through a serie of tunnels.
This tunnel is part of the famous Chinese tunnel roads. It's much longer than the famous Guoliang tunnel, and much more dangerous. In 2009 the government rebuilt this road, and now it connects Wangmang Mountains Scenic Area entrance and the road to Kunshan Village (3 km north). The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! Because the tunnel is quite narrow, if two cars meet inside, it’s very difficult to get through. Do not go there in winter, because snow will cut the road off.
The tunnel is 1.6km long. It’s a single land and includes 6 small tunnels and is usually closed in winters, so the best time to visit is from May to November. The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. This tunnel connected this small town to the world. The road spirals across the surface of a cliff with windows along the way to remove the crushed rocks, just like the villagers in the nearby Guoliang had done it.
Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. Very little is known about it, but just as the other tunnels it was constructed by farmers to create an easy access to their village. It’s rather difficult to find these tunnel roads. They are located in a very remote region deep into China.
Pic: Alan Wang