remote places and communities barrow alaska DREAMSTIME

This was the last county in China to gain road access when in December 2010 the Chinese government announced completion of a highway to Mêdog County. China’s renowned for having the largest population in the world. However, Mêdog only has 12,000 residents across the whole county – a tiny number compared with the rest of the country. Until the highway (and by highway we mean single carriageway that’s open for nine months a year) opened, the only access was by traversing a fairly challenging mountain range.