Chinese Borders (Part I): Khunjerab Pass

In this series, we are taking a look at some of the China's unique and interesting borders.  Today, we are trekking to the mountain tops to view China's border with Pakistan. 

Nobody borders more countries than China.  It ties Russia in bordering fourteen other nations.*  With that many borders, there are bound to arise conflicts, international meddling, and unique circumstances.  This journey into some of China's borders begins in the Himalayas.

The Kunjerab Pass is NOT the highest border in the world.  That title belongs to Mt. Everest, which separates China and Nepal.  However, at over 15,300 feet, the Khunjerab Pass is the world's highest paved border. 

Image created by Lucio Andreetto
Logical Logistics
When deciding where exactly to build the roadway, China looked even further into the skies.  Fearful of bombardments, the communist nation wanted the vital road to be a difficult target.  Other dirt roadways already existed and were in better condition, but Chinese leadership decided the safest bet was to instead develop the little-used, more-tucked-away Khunjerab Pass.  Thus, the world's highest paved border road was built to avoid aerial attacks.

Thanks for reading.

*Some cartographers consider China as bordering 16 nations.  The additional two places are Macau and Hong Kong.  Officially they are a part of China, but currently govern with much autonomy.

While you're here, read this article on how the people of Zimbabwe used the nation's flag to protest their government.

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Image 1: By Sheikh Danish Ejaz - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Image 2: By Lucio Andreetto - originally posted to Flickr as Cina-Pakistan Khunjerab piccola, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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