Bridge Has Its Head In The Clouds - But There Are Some Even More Crazy

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Trust the Chinese to come up with yet another insane bridge. The Longjiang Grand Bridge in Yunnan province in western China will be thrown open to the general public on May 1, 2016.

When it opens, the 2.4-kilometre long bridge will ensure that 14 of the highest bridges in the world will be in China. Let's take a look at Asia's tallest and longest suspension bridge to be built across two mountains. and find its secrets.

Longjiang Grand Bridge

The Longjiang Grand Bridge connects the large cities of Baoshand and Tengchong in Western China and cost Rs. 14.46 Billion to build.

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High As A Kite

The suspension bridge is 2.4 kilometres long and runs 274 metres above the Longjiang River.

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That's Big But Not Big Enough

The central span of the bridge which is the distance between the two central towers on which the bridge is suspended is 1.1 kilometers long. However, that doesn't ensure that this bridge takes the world record for the Longest Central Span on a Suspension Bridge.

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The Island Connector

The central span record is held by the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. The Central span on this bridge is 1.99 kilometres long. The bridge itself is only 3.99 kilometers long.

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The Red Sun Rises Again

However, the Chinese do pull it back by claiming the record for the longest and highest bridges ever made by mankind.

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There Are Long Bridges And Then There's This Bridge

The longest bridge in the world is one that you can't actually drive on as it carries trains rather than cars and bikes.

The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge holds the official Guinness World record for the longest bridge in the world and at 164.8 kilometers long, it is as grand as its name.

The Bridge cost Rs. 565 Billion to build and trains started running on it on 30 June, 2011.

It is a part of the 1,305 kilometre long Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway which trains cover in 4 hours and 48 minutes running at an average speed of 300km/h.

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A Rocket Was Needed To Start This One Up

The highest bridge in the world is something that you can drive your car over. The record holder is the Sidu River Bridge which sits 500 meters above a deep valley cut by the Sidu River below.

The construction of the bridge was a rather crazy affair as the Chinese had to use a rocket to send the first part of the suspension cable installed, a rope known as the pilot cable.

It was the first-ever to be placed using a rocket as weather conditions at the bridge's location would not allow the use of boats or helicopters.

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Cinderella Would Have Been Proud Of This Bridge

However, if you really want the craziest experience possible you should check this crazy looking bridge.

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Don't Look Down

This is the world's longest and highest glass-bottom bridge and surprise, surprise it is located in China. It Spans two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area and stretches 430 meters long and 6 meters wide.

The bridge hovers over a 300-meter vertical drop and you can look down at the canyon below thanks to that insane glass floor.

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Story first published: Friday, April 22, 2016, 19:58 [IST]
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