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Updated: 2021-10-09 09:00 ( China Daily Global )
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The Duku Highway in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region takes drivers through lofty mountains and deep canyons to offer spectacular sights of beautiful natural landscapes and ethnic settlements. ZHANG BO/FOR CHINA DAILY

China's wide range of diverse landscapes has given rise to roads that are destinations in themselves for the breathtaking views on offer. The following 10 roads take visitors through worlds of wonder, thrill, fantasy and grandeur.

Taihang Mountains Highway

The tunnel road hangs on a cliff wall high in the Taihang Mountains in Central China's Henan province. It runs 1.2 kilometers and is 5 meters high and 4 meters wide. One of the known tunnel roads in China, it has windows of various sizes and shapes. It is said that drivers should not be distracted or they could make fatal mistakes. The precipitous Taihang Mountains were not ideal for developing spiralling roads, so locals dug tunnels instead. It took villagers about five years to build the tunnel, which offers an adrenaline-pumping journey, with its twists, turns and dips in unpredictable places. Seen from inside the tunnel road, the outside world looks like a landscape painting.

Tarim Basin Highway

For those who dream of crossing the Taklimakan Desert, the highway in Tarim Basin in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is possibly the best option. It crisscrosses the desert from north to south and puts one in surroundings that might be expected in a movie about another planet. Drivers can enjoy exotic desert landscapes along the road that are often covered in sand and where barely any human settlement is visible. It usually takes about 5 hours to travel across the desert.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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