Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

Guoliang Tunnel

High in the Taihang Mountains of the Henan Province, the village of Guoliang, China had a problem: its only access to civilization was a steep, narrow stairway embedded in the mountainside. For years, its 350 inhabitants pleaded with the government to build a roadway to connect them to the outside world, to no avail. So they decided to build one themselves.

Guoliang Tunnel Map

A team of 13 men, not an engineer among them, set about carving a 3/4-mile-long roadway inch by inch, using nothing but hand tools. Today, the road – about 15 feet high and 12 feet wide – is a tight squeeze twisting past the tunnel’s 30 “windows,” which provide views off the precipice down to a tumbling abyss hundreds of feet below. More terrifying is that the road was built on the path of least resistance: the tunnel twists, turns and dips in unpredictable places, making for what’s sure to be the white-knuckle ride of a lifetime.

We couldn’t find a video depicting a motorcycle ride along this legendary tunnel. But for a taste of what it’s like to ride the Guoliang Tunnel Road, click here.