BEIJING – The Beipanjiang Bidge, now the highest bridge in the world, opened in Guizhou province in southwest China, which is already home to seven of the 10 highest bridges in the country, CCTV reported.
This adds yet another architectural wonder to a country which already has more than its fair share of construction wonders. Situated in rugged mountains and gorges, the 1,341-meter-long structure, soars 565 meters above the Baipanjiang Valley.
Equivalent to a 200-storey building, Beipanjiang has just overtaken the Sidu River Bridge in Hubei province to become the world’s highest.
Construction of the 4,400 foot long suspension bridge started in 2013, costing about $150 million dollars.
The bridge connects the mountainous provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan. It’s expected to shorten the travel time between the two places to an hour and a half from five hours in the past.