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This Winding Road In China Has A Staggering 68 Hairpin Turns

This Winding Road In China Has A Staggering 68 Hairpin Turns

This road in China is enough to give even the most experienced drivers a queasy feeling in their stomachs - over 6.3KM (3.9 miles), including not one difficult hairpin turn in the road, but 68. I know, right? SIXTY-EIGHT!

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The incredibly winding road is located in Yiliang, Kunming city, and was first constructed back 1995 to connect the two villages of Jinxing and Jinganshao. In fact, it's been named a 'wonder in the world history of construction', according to Xinhua News, and looking at it you can see why.

Although at first glance it looks like it'd be terrifying to drive across, it's made life so much more convenient for villagers nearby.

One person who'd benefitted Li Guogua told Xinhua News: "After the road opened, we no longer needed to carry our goods on our shoulders when we wanted to go to a market fair down the mountain.

This Road In China Has 68 Turns. Credit: PA
This Road In China Has 68 Turns. Credit: PA

Why not just build a straight road, I hear you ask? Well, the Yunnan province is known for its particularly mountainous and treacherous terrain, and the installation of the road highlights just how bad the area is.

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As difficult it looks to manoeuvre and despite the fact it's made lives easier the whole thing has become a bit of a tourist hotspot.

People often flock to the scenic area to get photos of the road - and some of the aerial photos are absolutely unreal.

If the shape of the winding road is enough to push you out of your comfort zone, you might not want to know the province's centre sits an uneasy 2,000 metres above sea-level.

Although if you think that's impressively tall, spare a thought for the glacier-capped Kawagebo mountain, which reaches heights of 6,740m (22,110 ft).

The whole area is pretty spectacular for its road networks - as of 2017, reports claim that the province's highway network reached a total distance of 242,500 kilometres (151,000 miles), which is 5.8 times larger than it was 40 years ago in 1978.

This now makes it the 5th longest highway network in all of the provincial regions of China.

Pretty impressive stuff, right? Well, as long as you have someone driving who doesn't take corners too sharply or passengers who get travel sickness, that is. And that's me off the list.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News, Interesting, China

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

 

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