The ancestors of the residents in Guoliang village had a good reason to build their homes on the edge of the cliff – the isolation kept them away from wars and bandits.
But the once secluded village located in Xinhui country, central China’s Henan Province, is no longer cut off from the rest of the world, thanks to the Guoliang Tunnel, which was carved through the cliffs.
Led by Shen Mingxin, head of the Guoliang village, 13 villagers spent five years to finish the 1,200-metre-long tunnel in the1970s, using more than 12 tons of drill rods and 4,000 hammers. The tunnel, which is about five meters high and four meters wide, can be accessed on foot, as well as transportation services.
And with the tunnel in use, the tiny hamlet high above the Taihang Mountain, with an elevation of 1,700 meters and boasting a breathtaking scenic view of the surrounding mountains, has become an attraction with thousands of visitors flocking to the place every year.Source=CCTVNews