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.
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