PHOTOS: Hubei's daunting 'Sky Road' may be one of the world's most impressive drives

By Ryan Kilpatrick, April 24, 2015

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Debating and enumerating the best driving roads in the world is a frequent topic of discussion for petrolheads the world over

Is it Italy's Stelvio Pass? Colorado's San Juan Highway? Australia's Great Ocean Road?

China's champions in the great debate are typically the Friendship Highway between BFFs China and Pakistan, the Guoliang Tunnel Road carved into Henan's Taihang Mountains, and the Tianmen Mountain Pass in Hunan

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Well, looks like there's a new sheriff in town - in the form of Hubei Province's 'Sky Road' mountain pass. Located in western Hubei's Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, the Sky Road hugs the jagged hills as it slices its way down into the valley. 

Enshi Tianlu

Enshi Tianlu

Enshi Tianlu

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Fog curls around the switchbacks in springtime and in winter the daunting hairpin turns are made even more treacherous by snow and frost upon the surface. 

Navigating the snaking path definitely takes above-average driving skills, so if you take on the Sky Road challenge just pray one of these cretins isn't behind the wheel as well...

[Images via Sina]

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