The first attempt resulted in a trail that zigzags along the cliff.
Only daredevils would take it. Villagers once tried to drive 27 pigs to an outside market, and 13 plummeted off the cliff before they had gone a kilometer.
They chose another route the second time but were halted midway by impossible logistical difficulties. Wolves, rather than supplies, started entering the village on this unfinished path.
On the third try, they drilled a hole in a giant rock that turned out to be so hard that it would not yield gravel.
A technician from the transport bureau said it would take 80 years to build the road at this speed. The hole was later used as a sheep shelter.
In 1982, a new design was conceived: This road would spiral across the surface of a cliff, with windows along the way to remove the crushed rocks. Every villager pitched in.
What scarce assets they had – including dowries for soon-to-be newlyweds – they sold to buy tools and dynamite.
A band of young men spent years dangling from ropes to dig into the rock face. Women provided backup support, including cooking and sewing.
From the China Daily.