The world’s highest bridge officially opened Thursday in China, spanning a gorge that’s almost 2,000 feet deep ( 565 metres). The bridge stretches across a 1,341-metre (4,400-foot) span.
The Beipanjiang Bridge in southwest China took 3 years to build, and cost $146.7 million (1 billion yuan). The four-lane structure stands 1,854 feet above the Beipan River below. For comparison’s sake, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is 220 feet high, and New York’s One World Trade Center — the tallest building in the U.S. — is 1,776 feet high.
Construction was actually completed in September, but the bridge was not opened to traffic until Thursday. Tall-bridge aficionados should be drawn to China — it also has the second- and third-highest bridges in the world, the Sidu River Bridge (1,627 feet high) and Puli Bridge (1,591 feet).
Technically, France’s Millau Viaduct bridge still holds the title of world’s tallest bridge, thanks to the height of its towers rising from the valley floor. But its road bed is a mere 890 feet above the ground.