If just driving around China normally isn’t death defying enough for you, we’d like to suggest you cruise on up to Hubei Province and test out your nerve on something they call the “Sky Road.”
The Sky Road winds its way up the jagged hills of western Hubei’s Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. It’s 2.5 miles of harrowing zig-zags that overlook some terrifyingly steep precipices. The road was first constructed by local villagers some 30 years ago, fortunately they’ve thought to add some guard rails over the years.
As if typical Chinese traffic hazards like daredevil kids playing chicken, escaping actual chickens, spontaneous mid-highway dance-offs, road omelets and catfish spills aren’t enough, drivers also have to contend with snow and frost in the winter and fog in the spring as they make hairpin turns and generally try not to die.
Anyone up for a road trip?
Still, for the locals living in the mountains of Hubei, this is considered a pretty safe commute overall.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Tencent]