China opens world’s highest bridge to traffic

China has opened Beipanjiang towering bridge hanging 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a gorge in southwestern China to traffic. It is claimed to be the world’s highest bridge. The Beipanjiang bridge spans 1.34 km between Xuanwei city in Yunnan province and Shuicheng county in Guizhou province. The four lane bridge will cut journey time between Xuanwei and Shuicheng county from more than four hours to about an hour. It took three years to build the bridge at cost 1.023 billion yuan (about $140 million).

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