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Road in China with breathtaking switchbacks is now a tourist attraction: highway reaches a height of more than 13,000 feet and has more than 200 turns in total

  • The 75 km long (46 mi) road is located in Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous Province, Xinjiang Province
  • The road reaches an elevation of 4,200 m (13,780 ft), with a maximum elevation gain of 1,000 m (3,280 ft)
  • One driver driving on the highway described the journey as ‘a thrilling challenge’

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The engineers behind this road clearly believe in the saying ‘one good turn deserves another’. A version of it anyway.

The recently constructed Panlong Ancient Road in western China contains so many curves – more than 200 – that it has quickly become a tourist attraction.

The most photogenic section features a breathtaking series of steep switchbacks, rising sharply from a plateau in snow-capped mountains. Heaven for car enthusiasts, hell for anyone who suffers from motion sickness.

The recently constructed Panlong Ancient Road in western China contains so many curves – more than 200 – that it has quickly become a tourist attraction. The most photogenic section (above) features a breathtaking series of steep switchbacks

The 75 km (46 mi) road - called the Plateau Sky Road by the locals - is located in Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang Province

The 75 km (46 mi) road – called the Plateau Sky Road by the locals – is located in Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang Province

Seen from the air, the road takes on a dragon-like shape, from which its name derives. Panlong is a water dragon in Chinese mythology.

The 75 km road (called Plateau Sky Road by the locals) is located in Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous Province of Xinjiang Province.

Its original purpose was to provide passage through the Kunlun Mountains to local farmers and herders.

Seen from the air, the road takes on a dragon-like shape, from which its name derives.  Panlong is a water dragon in Chinese mythology

Seen from the air, the road takes on a dragon-like shape, from which its name derives. Panlong is a water dragon in Chinese mythology

Police drones patrol the snow-covered Panlong Ancient Road, which reaches an elevation of 4,200 meters.

Police drones patrol the snow-covered Panlong Ancient Road, which reaches an elevation of 4,200 meters.

Since opening in July 2019, they’ve been sharing it with YouTubers, Instagrammers and drone operators eager to document its almost unreal aesthetic.

The road reaches an elevation of 4,200 meters (13,780 feet), with a maximum elevation gain of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).

have hundreds posted reviews of their journey along the road, describing the journey as ‘a thrilling challenge’, ‘unrivaled’ and ‘very beautiful’.

The original purpose of Panlong Ancient Road was to provide passage through the Kunlun Mountains for local farmers and herders.  Since opening in July 2019, they've been sharing it with YouTubers, Instagrammers and drone operators eager to document its almost unreal aesthetic.

The original purpose of Panlong Ancient Road was to provide passage through the Kunlun Mountains for local farmers and herders. Since opening in July 2019, they’ve been sharing it with YouTubers, Instagrammers and drone operators eager to document its almost unreal aesthetic.

However, www.dangerousroads.orgwhile calling the road a “car enthusiast’s dream,” warned drivers to be careful during rain and snow — and be aware that mudslides are possible.

Another notable winding road in China connects the villages of Jinxing and Jinganshao in Yunnan Province to the southwest.

The winding road has 68 hairpin bends over a distance of 6.3 kilometers (3.9 mi) along a mountain ridge.

Hundreds have posted reviews of their journey along the way, describing the journey as 'a thrilling challenge', 'unrivaled' and 'very beautiful'

Hundreds have posted reviews of their journey along the way, describing the journey as ‘a thrilling challenge’, ‘unrivaled’ and ‘very beautiful’

The road is heaven for car enthusiasts, hell for anyone who suffers from motion sickness

The road is heaven for car enthusiasts, hell for anyone who suffers from motion sickness

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