10 recommended places for self-driving tours on the most curvy roads in China

The hot summer is slowly passing, and the cool autumn is about to come! Let's have a spontaneous road trip and enjoy a unique "twisting" scenic road. Here are 10 roads claimed to be the most twisting and beautiful. Let's take a look together!

Kunming: Jing'an Checkpoint 68 Turns

There is a mountain road leading to Jing'an Post in the west of Yiliang County, Kunming City, Yunnan Province. The road is built along the mountain ridge with many twists and turns. This winding road, with a length of only 7 kilometers, has a total of 68 bends. This meandering road is considered a miracle in the history of world roads by experts.

Zhangjiajie: Chongshan Road

This is a hidden gem unknown to most visitors, and it is also the birthplace of Zhangjiajie's historical and cultural heritage. It is said that the Eight Diagrams originated from the sacred mountains of Zhangjiajie. What makes it particularly special is that unlike commercialized tourist attractions, private vehicles can enter for free. The most stunning view from above is the winding and treacherous road that seems to pass through the clouds.

Beijing: Hongjing Road

Hongjing Road in Fangshan District is a winding rural road that meanders through the steep mountains of Fangshan District, Beijing. It starts at Honggangkou in Wolong Village, Shidu Town and ends at Jingeryu in Xiayunling Township along the 108 National Highway, with a total length of 18.94 kilometers. Hongjing Road is the road with the most bends and the most beautiful scenery in Beijing.

Xiangxi: Aizhai Highway

Known as the marvel of Aizhai Road, which is closely intertwined with the famous Aizhai Bridge, it is a unique attraction in western Hunan and holds the title of the country's most ingenious highway in terms of its treacherous terrain and engineering design. This road is approximately six kilometers long but is built on slopes with a vertical height of 440 meters and a gradient of 70-90 degrees, with a horizontal distance of less than 100 meters. This constrained space forces the road to shift laterally, creating thirteen sharp turns and a total of twenty-six almost parallel, overlapping road sections.

Aba Prefecture: Balang Mountain Pass Road

Balang Mountain Pass is not a niche destination. Whether cycling the Sichuan-Tibet Highway or driving to Mount Siguniang, it is a must-pass route. It is the highest road pass in the eastern part of the Qionglai Mountains and is considered one of the most beautiful mountain passes in China. With an altitude of 4481 meters, it is often surrounded by clouds. As you approach, the lack of oxygen may make you feel drowsy, but once you cross it, you will be suddenly awakened by the breathtaking sight of the winding mountain road, resembling a "stairway to heaven," cutting through the alpine meadow, creating an unreal beauty.

Changdu: Nujiang Seventy-Two Turns

The "Nujiang 72 turns" is a road located in Baxoi County, Changdu area, Tibet Autonomous Region. It is also part of the South Sichuan-Tibet Highway from Banda to Baxoi. This road is also known as the "99 turns of Sichuan-Tibet Highway." It starts at an altitude of 3,100 meters and climbs up to the highest point, Yela Pass, at an altitude of 4,651 meters, before descending to an altitude of 4,100 meters in Banda Town. It is about 12 kilometers long. As a must-pass route on the South Sichuan-Tibet Highway, it is considered challenging and many riders or drivers find it highly impressive.

Zhangjiajie: Tianmen Mountain "Heaven-Linking Avenue."

The Tiantian Road is a mountain road located in the famous Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park. Tianmen Cave, with its connection to the sky, has become the gateway to the sky in people's hearts, and the mountain road leading to Tianmen Cave is therefore called "Tiantian Road". Tiantian Road has a total of 99 bends, symbolizing the nine layers of heaven and the nine layers of clouds. It is over 10 kilometers long, with an elevation ranging from 200 meters to over 1200 meters. The road features numerous 180-degree hairpin bends and is known as the "top wonder of roads in the world". It is recognized as one of the top ten mountain roads in China.

Enshi: Hanging Tianlu

Cliffside Skywalk, located in Xintang Township, Enshi City, Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei Province, stretches about 4.4 kilometers, resembling a jade ribbon hanging on a cliff with a vertical drop of over 800 meters, soaring up into the clouds.

Zunyi: Tongzi 72 turns

Tongzi 72 Curves is a famous "devilish" section of road in China. Due to the steep mountain terrain around Liangfengya, the road was built following the natural contours of the mountains, leading to a large number of sharp and closely spaced curves. It is known as the "most dense mountainous road with curves in Guizhou Province".

Qianxinan: Qinglong 24 bends

The Qinglong Twenty-Four Turns Anti-Japanese Highway is the iconic symbol of the "Stilwell Road". Formerly known as "Yaguan", it is majestic, extraordinary, dangerous, and steep, with the power to withstand one man but not ten thousand. The straight-line distance from the foot of the mountain to the mountaintop is about 350 meters, with a vertical height of about 260 meters. It is built in an "S" shape along the slope with an inclination of about 60 degrees, winding and circling to the pass, with a total length of about 4 kilometers.

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