Beipanjiang Bridge: World’s Highest Bridge Opens In China

The world’s highest bridge has officially opened to traffic in southwest China. Stretching over a 1,854 feet above the Beipan River – part of the great Pearl River basin, the Beipanjiang Bridge sits a few miles away from the Guangzhao Dam and has a height equivalent to that of a 200-storey building.

Beipanjiang Bridge: World’s Highest Bridge Opens In China

Beipanjiang Bridge: World’s Highest Bridge Opens In China

Connecting the mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, the four-lane Beipanjiang Bridge costs approximately 1 Billion Yuan ($146.7 million) to build and took three years to be completed. Although works were completed back in September, the new bridge didn’t open to public traffic until yesterday.

The Beipanjiang Bridge is currently only the highest in the world but not the tallest. France’s Millau Viaduct Bridge remains the tallest (i.e the bridge with the tallest structure, regardless of distance from the valley floor) and the road deck here (890 feet) less than half the height of Beipanjiang.

Currently, China is home to the second- and third-highest bridges in the world – the Sidu River Bridge (1,627 feet high) and Puli Bridge (1,591 feet). In comparison, the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is 220 feet high while New York’s One World Trade Center – the tallest building in the U.S – is 1,776 feet high.

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