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7 of the World’s Scariest Roads (Slideshow)

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5. Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

The Guoliang Tunnel Road is carved into the side of China’s steep Taihang Mountains. It weaves in and out of the rock face, interspersed with occasional open curves where only a low rock barrier separates you from a staggering drop. Even more amazing than its honeycombed appearance is the story of its construction: after the Chinese government refused to build a road to the isolated village of Guoliang, the villagers carved the tunnel road themselves. It took them five years, and several villagers died in the process, but when it was finally completed in 1977, it was a boon to the continued survival of the village. Thirty years later, the road has become a tourist attraction, bringing only the most adventurous travelers to the tiny community.

Photo Credit: FANG Chen

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Molly Allison-Baker

Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.


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3:01PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

id love to walk that lat one. wow

4:49AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Goodness, they sure are scary.

5:20PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Wow....these roads make the theme parks I've visited in the past few years seem pretty tame!!

11:18AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

spectacular! I would say Needles Highway made my hair stand on end, also, the switchback roads in Alaska, in March, made me pull my hat over my eyes and pray.

8:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I would NEVER drive on one of these roads! They are all scarry except the one in Russia which just a mud trail. I wouldn't drive on it either.

8:25AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

oh wow- scary...

4:30AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:02PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

wow, thanks for sharing.

11:00AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I'll take scared roads over stupid drivers.

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