China is known for its innovation all over the world, in all fields of life. It has completed many noteworthy feats of engineering in recent years. In terms of architecture, it has the famous Beijing National Stadium and also the Great Wall of China. But now this country has beaten its own record of having the highest bridge in the entire world. The Duge Beipanjiang Bridge in China, is now the world’s highest bridge.
This Bridge is in the southwest part of China, it was declared the highest in the world once it opened to automotive traffic on Thursday. The time taken to build this bridge is almost three years. With the advent of this bridge, Chinese engineering has earned great value and recognition on a global scale. Experts consider such engineering to be among the best in the world. Not only are the Chinese engineers efficient at their job, but they also have the skill of creating commendable architecture at relatively cheaper costs. The bridge cost the Chinese government abt $146 million. This is much cheaper than the cost of constructing other such grand bridges in different parts of the world. Such as, Akashi Kaikyō Bridge which took the Japanese government $3.6 billion to build.
It is a 1,341 meter-long structure, which is 565 meters above the Beipanjiang Valley. The bridge has derived its name from this valley. It has a four-lane roadway which is located nearly two thousand feet above the Beipan River. This is equivalent to the height of a 200-storey building. Even though one can enjoy a walk on the bridge, this might prove to be a dizzying experience due to the tremendous height and the steep valley.
This bridge in China was constructed with the motive of reducing the travel time between Hangzhou and Ruili. Earlier, the time taken to cover the distance was five hours but this bridge will reduce it to almost one and a half hours. Therefore, this is important to the residents and tourists that have to cross the Beipan River by car.
The bridge is 2,363 feet long, which does not make it the longest in the world, but It’s still impressive. The longest bridge in the world is also located in China, the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge; it’s abt 540,672 feet long.
It’s amazing to see what technology has made possible. The bridge connects the mountainous provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan. It’s 2,363 feet long and 1853.67 feet high. It reduces the time it takes to travel from one side to other by half.