Heads up: The bridge that suspends belief

World's highest and longest valley suspension bridge opens in China

Wednesday 04 April 2012 13:24 BST

After five years in the making, the highest and longest valley suspension bridge in the world opened in southern China's Hunan Province on Saturday.

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The Aizhai suspension bridge, with its main span of 1,176 meters 335m above the ground, links China's Congqing Municipality to Changsha city in Hunan, forming part of an expressway that reduces journey time between the two locations from several days to just eight hours.

Work started on the engineering feat in October 2007 and it has now finally opened to traffic.

Driving across the bridge, which links two tunnels together, drivers are offered a breathtaking view of the Dehang Canyon.

Pedestrians can also walk across the bridge, which is lit up at night with 1,888 lights, using a special walkway.

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