A 75-kilometer stretch of mountain road in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has been affectionately dubbed “a car sick person’s worst nightmare” for its hundreds of hairpin turns.
Known as Pamir Plateau Sky road or the Panlong Ancient Road, the one traversing the Kunlun Mountains of Xinjiang is one of the most visually impressive roads in the world: seen from above, it looks like a giant grey dragon slithering through the Kashgar region of the Uygur Autonomous Region.
It officially opened in July of 2019 to facilitate the passage through the Kunlun Mountains for the region’s farmers, but soon became a tourist attraction for driving enthusiasts wanting to test their skills.
Ome thing is for sure, though: with its about 600 hairpin turns, this road isn’t for the faint of heart or for the car sick!
At its highest point, the Pamir Plateau Sky Road is 4.269m above sea level, at the summit of Wuguliyate Daban. The climb is steep, htting an 11,8% through some of the ramps. The eastern side of the summit is mostly paved and its western side is unpaved.
It initially measured 36 kilometers (22 miles) long, but has since been extended to 75 kilometers.
The winding road is particularly difficult to run when wet or covered with snow, but even in regular conditions, extreme caution is required.
Although not technically known as one of the world’s most dangerous roads to drive on, but rather as a tourist attraction for motorists, the 600 hairpin turns of the Pamir Plateau Sky Road can be really hard to swallow.
Either way, with its breathtaking views and multiple hairpin bends, it’s a driving enthusiast’s dream.