Guoliang Tunnel

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The Guoliang Tunnel 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 the Huixian, Xinxiang, Henan Province of China. Photos of the road are often misidentified as photos of the "Road of Death" in Bolivia.[2]

History[edit]

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. In 1972 a group of villagers led by Shen Mingxin made plans to carve a road into the side of the mountain. Thirteen villagers began the project, but several died during construction.[2] 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 completion of the tunnel was a major leap forward for the villagers, as it became a tourist attraction when China opened its borders to international tourists.

References[edit]

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

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