Tuesday, April 15, 2014
China bridges the gap
China has more of the world’s biggest and longest suspension bridges than any other country in the world, with five of its bridges among the world’s top 10, according to a recent C NN article.
One of its bridges, the Aizhai Bridge, ranks as the highest suspension bridges in the world, at 1,150 feet high, yet is only 15th among the longest suspension bridges. Located on the Jishou-Chadong Expressway, it bridges the Dehong Canyon.
The article also lists the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, as the longest rail bridge in the world at 102.4 miles. It connects Shanghai with Nanjing. This elevated was named the world’s longest bridge by Guinness World Records when it opened in 2011.
The Fairy Bridge in Guangxi Province is the world’s longest natural bridge, though only 400 feet long. Mother Nature made this bridge out of rock archways. The article notes China is home to three of the world’s longest natural bridges, including another 400-foot span that crosses a river near the border with Vietnam.