World’s highest bridge opens in China

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The highest bridge in the world has been opened in China.

The Beipanjiang bridge is 565 meters tall and is constructed above the Beipan River gorge in southwestern China.

The bridge spans a distance of 720 meters and was constructed to connect the remote provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou.

At a cost of around $340NZD million the bridge took three years to complete.

The new bridge now means that the travel time between Xuanwei city and Shuicheng has been cut from four hours to just one.

Although the Beipanjiang now holds the world record for highest bridge, France’s Millau viaduct, which spans the the valley of the River Tarn, remains the world’s tallest bridge — the actual structure measuring 343 meters tall. The highest pylon of the Beipanjiang Bridge measures 269 meters tall.

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