Guoliang Tunnel

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The Guoliang Tunnel (Chinese: 郭亮洞) is carved along the side of and through a mountain in China. The tunnel links the village of Guoliang[1] to the outside through the Taihang Mountains which are situated in Huixian, Xinxiang, Henan Province of China.

History[edit]

The village was named after a fugitive rebel during Han Dynasty, who had fought an overwhelming imperial force to a stand still utilized the extreme local terrain. Before the tunnel was constructed, access to the nearby village of Guoliang[1] was restricted to a difficult path carved into the mountainside. The village is nestled in a valley surrounded by towering mountains cut off from outside civilization.

To ease the villagers' access to outside world, in 1972 a group of villagers led by Shen Mingxin made plans to carve a road into the side of the mountain. They sold their live stock to raise fund to buy tools and materials, thirteen villagers began the project, with one died during construction. Without access to power tool, the construction was undertaken with mostly hammers and chisels, and at its most difficult stage, was progressed at a rate of one meter every three days. The tunnel is 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) long, 5 metres (16 ft) tall and 4 metres (13 ft) wide. On 1 May 1977 the tunnel was opened to traffic.[2] The tunnel and village have become a tourist attraction, with some popular movies staged in the area.

Trivia[edit]

Photos of the road are sometimes misidentified as photos of the "Road of Death" in Bolivia.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b zh:郭亮村 (Guoliang village article at zh.wiki)
  2. ^ a b The Guoliang Tunnel in China, often mistaken as a section of the Yungas Road

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°43′52″N 113°36′14″E / 35.7311°N 113.604°E / 35.7311; 113.604