Drone footage shows the longest and tallest suspension bridge in China

The bridge is one of the largest in Asia

Will Worley@willrworley
Thursday 21 April 2016 00:09
Longjiang bridge

This drone footage shows the longest and tallest bridge in China, which is set to open next month.

The Longjiang Grand Bridge sits 280 metres above the Nujiang river valley and has a span of 2,438 metres (2.4 km). The distance between the central towers is 1,196 metres.

The bridge is the highest to be built between two mountains in Asia, according to People's Daily.

It was built in the western Yunan province to improve connections between the cities of Baoshan and Tengchong, which are located close to the border with Myanmar.

The bridge is believed to have cost around 1.5 billion yuan (£151 million) to build, and will open on 1 May after passing load bearing tests.

However, despite its great size, the bridge does not match the Akashi Kaikyō suspension bridge in Japan, which measures 3.9km in length, with a central span of 1,991 metres. The mammoth structure links Kobe on the mainland to Awaji Island in Osaka bay in the central region of the country.

Meanwhile, the world’s tallest suspension bridge is France’s Millau Viaduct, which measures 343 meters high at the summit of the tallest mast. The deck of the bridge itself is 270 metres off the ground.

The bridge was completed at a cost of €400 million and stretches 2,460 meters across the Tarn Valley in southern France.

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