The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is now considered the 8th wonder of the world.

At a height of 4714 metres above sea level, it is the highest paved international road.

It connects Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region to China’s Xinjiang region, which is why it has also been nicknamed the Friendship Highway in China.

Construction of the highway began in 1959 and was completed 20 years later in 1979.

But it was not opened to the public until 1986.

Almost 1000 Chinese and Pakistani workers lost their lives to the construction of this monument of a highway that people come to view.

Over 140 Chinese workers who died during the construction are buried in the Chinese cemetery in Gilgit.

The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road, a trade route that connected the East and West, stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea.

The beauty of the nature that can be seen from the highway and how the mountains were cut to reach such a height are beyond belief.

But very few westerners have ever travelled to the area.

In recent years the highway has been promoted as a niche adventure destination, although Pakistan attracts very few international tourists.

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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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