An Unexpected Border

The world’s most unexpected border: these two countries seem to be a world apart, but high in the Hindu Kush mountains is a curvy 50-mile border between Afghanistan and China.

A screenshot of Google Earth showing the Afghanistan-China border

The only sane place to cross is the illegal unmarked border at Wakhjir Pass (15,780 feet), used only by the occasional drug smuggler:


This is also the largest time zone jump in the world (excluding the International Date Line) – cross into China at noon, and suddenly it’s 3:30 PM.

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