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World's highest bridge opens to traffic in China

Updated Dec 31, 2016 09:35am

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An aerial view of Beipanjiang Bridge across the Beipanjiang valley is seen in Shuicheng county in southwest China's Guizhou province. —AP
An aerial view of Beipanjiang Bridge across the Beipanjiang valley is seen in Shuicheng county in southwest China's Guizhou province. —AP
The Beipanjiang Bridge, near Bijie in southwest China's Guizhou province. —AFP
The Beipanjiang Bridge, near Bijie in southwest China's Guizhou province. —AFP

The world's highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two provinces in the mountainous southwest and reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters, local authorities said Friday.

The Beipanjiang Bridge soars 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects the two mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, the Guizhou provincial transport department said in a statement on its official website.

The bridge cut travel times between Xuanwei in Yunnan to Shuicheng in Guizhou from more than four hours to around one, a truck driver surnamed Duan was quoted by the official news agency Xinhua as saying after the bridge opened Thursday.

The bridge connects two southwestern provinces and reduces travel time by three quarters. —AFP
The bridge connects two southwestern provinces and reduces travel time by three quarters. —AFP

It was “very convenient for people who want to travel between these two places”, he added.

The 1,341-metre span cost over 1 billion yuan ($144 million) to build, according to local newspaper Guizhou Daily.

It overtook the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei to become the world's highest bridge, a separate statement by the provincial transport department said earlier.

Several of the world's highest bridges are in China, although the world's tallest bridge — measured in terms of the height of its own structure, rather than the distance to the ground — remains France's Millau viaduct at 343 metres.

The world's highest bridge has opened to traffic in China. —AFP
The world's highest bridge has opened to traffic in China. —AFP

An aerial view of the completed Beipanjiang Bridge across the Beipanjiang valley is seen in Shuicheng county.—AP
An aerial view of the completed Beipanjiang Bridge across the Beipanjiang valley is seen in Shuicheng county.—AP

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Comments (34) Closed



M.Saeed Dec 30, 2016 06:57pm

Breathtaking achievements!

Hamaad Dec 30, 2016 07:20pm

Amazing architecture and engineering model.

Desi Dimag Dec 30, 2016 07:31pm

Great achievement by China, Congratulations.

Mehar Dec 30, 2016 08:08pm

Marvelous

LM Dec 30, 2016 08:12pm

Wow. Super nice!

aslam shaikh1 Dec 30, 2016 08:38pm

Very cool!!

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 30, 2016 08:37pm

The most beautiful and fascinating panoramic landscape added with the manmade engineering skills...

U-Like it or not. Dec 30, 2016 08:54pm

Congratulations to our Chinese friends. We appreciate your capabilities.And we need your help to built better road communications in Northern areas,right upto Siachin Glaciers,and elevated as well as tunnel logistics road parallel all along the LOC.Such roads will boost the defence,as well as civic needs.

Mustafa R. Dec 30, 2016 09:33pm

Very nice pictures too.

Bishumullaah Dec 30, 2016 09:57pm

Chinese are hard working and do not tolerate any non-sense from anybody in their projects.

tatara Dec 30, 2016 10:01pm

amazing engineering feat.

Zak Dec 30, 2016 10:19pm

The Chinese are surpassing all in achieving excellence. What a technical feat to build this bridge which is near suspension for a major part of the span.

SAEED MASOOD Dec 30, 2016 10:18pm

Beautiful...Everything you do will be great in the future...keep it up.

Iftikhar ahmed Dec 30, 2016 10:19pm

It's Chinese made.Let's see how long it stays up.

Masoud Dec 30, 2016 10:22pm

WOW! What an achievement. If allowed to do so China will transform the world into a beautiful & peaceful place to live in, the beauty is China never interferes in others internal affairs.

a Dec 30, 2016 10:35pm

Breathtaking !! India's own Chenab bridge is nearing completion. Power be to the poor folks.

Iftikhar ahmed Dec 30, 2016 10:59pm

A true engineering marvel.A stunning achievement by great China.

AlfaMavrick Dec 31, 2016 12:36am

Since time is money, therefore, cutting down four hours from travelling time is commendable. Kudos to China!

ROSHAN ali Dec 31, 2016 01:31am

Engineering and Advancement at its best .

ak4pk Dec 31, 2016 01:52am

And all that for a miserly 144 million dollars, no wonder China is where it is today. I am sure the world envies their achievements.

Anees Dec 31, 2016 04:42am

Superpower

Shahid Dec 31, 2016 08:30am

The earliest sign of a rising economy are its infrastructure achievements

Dr.Arshad Dec 31, 2016 09:12am

Great! China was,is and will remain the only super power on this planet.Others come and go!

Sachin Dec 31, 2016 09:43am

Amazing achievement and engineering. China is superb. Great people

AM Dec 31, 2016 09:51am

Engineering marvel

kamran Dec 31, 2016 11:07am

Amazing

kamran Dec 31, 2016 11:11am

only chines can do this thing

Sunnyboy1 Dec 31, 2016 11:14am

@U-Like it or not. When Pakistan will stand on it's own feet and not dependent on others?

nuzhat nisar Dec 31, 2016 11:54am

oh my my! i want to go there

Vikas Dec 31, 2016 01:49pm

Congratulations to all Pakistanis. Your Iron brothers have done well and as I see all Pakistanis in the absence of any indigenous achievements have to take pride in someone else's achievements. Sort of outsourced uh? Anyways many congratulations an a happy new year.

Khwarezmi Dec 31, 2016 06:50pm

Just beautiful. But does it beat our Sukkur bridge? :-P

SDA Jan 01, 2017 09:44am

Great Achievement! I am glad Pakistan is friends with China where Pakistan can learn the tech ingenuity from them.

farhat abbas advocate Jan 02, 2017 10:48am

great nations do great things .

Taimur Jan 02, 2017 05:52pm

@Vikas Feeling jealous? Brother appreciate achievements else will get high BP. I think Taj Mahal was the last presentable structure from India. Lets hope for the best