Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
Thinking about taking a road trip? The Sichuan-Tibet Highway makes for a journey with a difference, but be warned: it’s not for the faint of heart.
More than 2,000km long and linking Chengdu and Lhasa, great skill — not to mention nerve — is required to travel here, with the road winding over 14 high mountains, and landslides and rock avalanches all too common.
This is a place of dramatic hairpin bends and dreadful road surfaces, where the drops are vast, and wrecked and abandoned vehicles litter the landscape. Linking East and West, truck drivers risk their lives to reach the roof of the world, whilst less skilled motorists are often unable to continue and the jams and queues can stretch for mile upon mile.
Theft, harassment and even kidnapping are not uncommon, with bandits often lying in wait, making this a place to avoid. Thinking about taking a road trip? You might want to pick an alternative route.