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.
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.