Five most beau­ti­ful high­ways in Hubei

As the say­ing goes, the most beau­ti­ful scenery is what you see on the road. Now let us take you on a tour of the five most amaz­ing roads in Hubei. A driv­ing and cus­tom­ized trip is your best way to ap­pre­ci­ate the land­scape.

Changjiang Weekly - - TRAVEL -

Sidu River Bridge (四渡河大桥)

Sidu River Bridge, lo­cated at the junc­tion of Yichang and En­shi, sits among the high moun­tains and val­leys in western Hubei. It al­ways ranks at the top of the most thrilling bridges in the world list as se­lected by many travel mag­a­zines and it is the only such bridge in China. As the first 900-me­ter-long sus­pen­sion bridge in the world, the height from the tip of the bridge to the bot­tom of the val­ley reaches 650 me­ters. Stand­ing on the moun­tain shrouded by mist, you will feel as if you are fly­ing in a fairy­land.

En­shi Cliff Road (恩施挂壁公路)

The En­shi Cliff Road is an ad­ven­tur­ous drive as it is built on the cliff faces of moun­tains. It cir­cles around the moun­tain like a silk rib­bon. Seen from a dis­tance, it seems like it is hang­ing onto the cliff. The road goes around a large cliff, with a length of 4.4 kilo­me­ters at 1600 me­ters above sea level. It is made up of seven Z-shaped sec­tions and thir­teen U-shaped sec­tions.

High­way around Dan­jiangkou Dam (丹江口环库公路)

Lo­cated in Shiyan, the high­way fea­tures a ring road en­cir­cling Dan­jiangkou Dam, cov­er­ing 429 kilo­me­ters and go­ing across 17 coun­ties.It is flanked by the clear wa­ter of the dam and small is­lands on one side and the na­tional for­est park on the other side. Ver­dant trees and flow­ers are spread out along the road. The scenic ar­eas along this high­way in­clude Wu­dang Moun­tain, Dan­jiangkou Dam and a vast tract of rape­seed flower fields. Yun County, which was the an­cient cap­i­tal of Jun State of the Spring and Au­tumn Pe­riod, is also worth vis­it­ing.

Guzhao High­way (古昭公路)

Guzhao High­way is the first over­wa­ter high­way in China. As it links many beau­ti­ful scenic ar­eas like Baidi City, Lit­tle Three Gorges, Shen­nongjia and Xil­ing Gorge, it is praised as the most beau­ti­ful over­wa­ter high­way in China. About four kilo­me­ters of it me­an­der in val­leys and along­side rivers.

Yichang-Badong Ex­press­way (宜巴高速)

Yichang-Badong Ex­press­way is lo­cated in the moun­tain­ous area in western Hubei. It goes across the Three Gorges Reser­voir re­gion, which in­cludes a num­ber of scenic spots like Three Gorges Na­tional Ge­o­log­i­cal Park, Badong Ge­o­log­i­cal Land­slide area, Hang­ing Cof­fin Scenic Area, Sany­oudong Lime­stone Caves and Shen­nong Brook, mak­ing it a nat­u­ral ge­o­log­i­cal mu­seum.

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