World's longest cable-stayed bridge opens in China
Jiashao Bridge is the world's longest and widest cable-stayed bridge
Shanghai, which is located to the northeast of Jiaxing, would normally be a three hour trip for drivers coming from Shaoxing. Jiashao Bridge was estimated to cut this travel time down to one and a half hours, Zhejiang News reported.
Photos of Jiashao Bridge and Li Xinqiao appeared on Sina Weibo after the bridge’s opening. Many posters were quick to point out that it was an ironic coincidence that a man named “Xinqiao”, which can mean “new bridge” in Chinese, was the first to cross. Some also expressed interest in crossing the bridge and visiting Jiaxing and Shanghai more easily.
“[China] has the world’s longest and the world’s finest [bridge],” one poster wrote. “This makes me proud.”
Others argued that the bridge toll was too expensive and it would not cut travel time down significantly.
“The reports are too ridiculous,” one netizen said. “After Jiashao Bridge opens up and faces traffic, the amount of time it’ll take to get from Shaoxing to Shanghai will be cut short by only … 30 minutes at most… To say that the trip will be shortened to one and a half hours is misleading.”
China has built many cable-stayed bridges, which are usually measured and ranked by the distance between their suspension towers. Amongst these are the Jingyue Bridge and Sutong Bridge, which both cross the Yangtze River and measure about five and eight kilometres respectively.