Monday, February 5, 2007

Top 5 most dangerous roads of the world

#1: “Road of Death” - Bolivia

North Yungas Road is hands-down the most dangerous in the world for motorists. This one clearly endangers your life. It runs in the Bolivian Andes, 70 km from La Paz to Coroico, and plunges down almost 3,600 meters in an orgy of extremely narrow hairpin curves and 800-meter abyss near-misses. A fatal accident happens there every couple of weeks, 100-200 people perish there every year. In 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank named the La Paz-to-Coroico route “the world’s most dangerous road.”

#2: Guoliang Tunnel in Taihang mountains (China)

The wall of the tunnel is uneven and there are more than 30 “windows” of

different sizes and shapes. Some windows are round and some are square, and they range from dozens of metres long to standard-window-size. It is frightening to look down from the windows, where strange rocks hanging form the sheer cliff above and a seemingly bottomless pit lying below. A village, opposite the tunnel, appears to hang on the precipice.

#3: Most Dangerous Tourist Hiking Trail (China)

(already reported here)

This is a heavy-tourist traffic area in Xian (Mt.Huashan). See details here.

#4: Russian Siberian Road to Yakutsk

The official federal-government highway to Yakutsk, and it is also the only one to get there. This can turn into a major humanitarian disaster during rainy spells, when the usual clay covering of the road turns into impassable mud blanket, swallowing trucks and tractors alike.

The same road in winter:

#5: Taroko Gorge Road in Taiwan

Another road with tunnels carved in the mountain rock

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