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.

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. 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 became a tourist attraction.

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