In Hunan, 99 Ways To Heaven… On The Highway To Hell
Via the tourism website Zhangjiajie.gov.cn
Hunan, already known for its spicy food and being the birthplace of Mao Zedong, will soon have another claim to fame: the most dangerous place for drivers. Check out the images of Tianmenshan Heaven-Linking Avenue, which has 99 turns to symbolize Heaven’s nine palaces. It’s a positively Arcadian paradise in which to veer off the road down a steep mountain slope to a fiery death.
In a country that consistently strives to be No. 1 in every category, let’s see how long it takes before this road is officially enshrined for its dangerous status (please note that these pictures come from a tourism website with a .gov.cn domain). Nothing says soft culture like a hard landing after a 500-meter plunge.
Come to think of it, maybe next year’s Shanghai Formula 1 race should be held here.
More pictures after the jump.
Alicia is a BJC contributor. (H/T Buzzfeed)