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‘World’s highest bridge’ opens in China

Beipanjiang Bridge soars 565 metres above the valley floor between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, state media report

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 December, 2016, 11:14am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 December, 2016, 11:14am

What is claimed to be the world’s highest bridge has opened in southwest China.

The Beipanjiang Bridge, which spans a gorge between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, opened on Thursday, the China News Service reported.

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The structure stands 565 metres above the valley floor and stretches 1.34 km, the report said.

The four-lane bridge cost just over 1 billion yuan (HK$1.1 billion) to build and took four years to complete, according to the article.

It could shorten travelling times from Xuanwei in Yunnan to Liupanshui in Guizhou from five hours to one hour.

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The structure was designed to resist strong winds and has overcome a number of technical challenges to span the steep gorge, the report said.

The bridge is expected to serve as a major transportation hub linking impoverished Guizhou to highway networks in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces.