8 most dangerous roads in the world! From automobile accidents to truck crashes, these are the world's most dangerous roads you would never want to drive on.
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8: The Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
Located in the Taihang Mountains in the Henan Province of China, the remote village of Guoliang was almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. Getting in and out was extremely difficult for the villagers, having to walk across steep cliffs and climb an almost vertical set of 720 mountain steps. Guoliang was doomed to become a ghost town, and the Chinese government refused to invest millions building a road for just a few hundred people. In 1972, the villagers decided to take things into their own hands, and carve out a road into the mountain's side. With basic tools like hammers and chisels, 13 villagers worked tirelessly for over 5 years, hollowing out the side of the mountain, with one of them dyeing in the process. The one mile long Guoliang Tunnel was finally open for traffic in 1977, and is currently Guoliang Village's only access to the outside world. It does not see much traffic, although it is still dangerous. The locals call it the "road that tolerates no mistakes", as one requires monk-like focus to drive through the steep and narrow lanes that tend to twist, turn and dip unexpectedly. During the rainy season, fog and rain hamper visibility greatly, and the roads get really slippery. In the summer, drivers have to worry about falling rocks and dust. Amazingly, the road has become a tourist attraction due to its unique design and the breathtaking view it offers. About 30 square shaped holes have been carved out of the cliff, to serve as windows, providing light and offering insanely stunning views of the Chinese landscape from inside the tunnel.
7: The Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
Pictures of the Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan have been widely circulated across the internet, and is popularly known by the nickname "Roller Coaster Bridge". One look at it, and you'll immediately understand why. The one mile long concrete road bridge connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato over Nakaumi Lake, and has an incredible slope with a gradient of 6.1% on one side, and 5.1% on the other. Like a roller coaster, it seems to go straight into the sky before dropping off suddenly. The reason behind its seemingly crazy design is so that fishing boats can safely pass underneath without disrupting traffic. The road bridge is enough to send chills to even the most confident drivers. After reaching the top, drivers have to descend gradually and carefully in order to prevent loss of control. The Eshima Ohashi Bridge was featured in a Japanese commercial for Daihatsu's Tanto minivan, in which they purposely exaggerated the slope to make it steeper than it really is.
6: Zoji La Pass, India
The Zoji La Pass is an extremely high mountain pass in India that serves as a vital link between the cities of Ladakh and Kashmir, and without it the people of Ladakh would be totally cut off from the outside world. The road stretches 9 kilometers long, and runs as high as 3.5 kilometers above sea level. At some sections, you could hardly call it a road, as it appears as nothing more than a crumbling narrow lane hugging the side of a mountain, with no safety barriers whatsoever. The roads are often closed during winter, and for very good reason. The snowfall could get so intense, reaching 20 meters deep, making the route impassable for months. The heavy snowfalls and landslides often cause people to get stuck and stranded for long periods before rescuers could arrive. Although the road reopens in spring when the snow has melted away, vicious winds are still present all year long due to the valley's unique conical shape. These violent breezes at high altitudes can easily knock vehicles off the road into the deep gorges below. Conquering the pass not only requires skill, but also a reliable set of wheels that won't get stuck easily in the thick mud – a task that even the best 4 wheel drives sometimes fail to do. On top of that, local herders bring many livestock across the pass, making the task of driving through that much harder.
5: Karakoram Highway, Pakistan & China
Karakoram Highway the highest paved international roadway in the world, is the link between the two countries of Pakistan and China. Construction of the road took almost 2 decades of efforts between the two countries