Do you ever just feel like driving out into the distance without a backwards glance? It might be time to visit China. Impressively hosting 5 of the longest bridges in the world, the country revolutionized causeways in a manner that changed the way we can look at transport. Check out these crazy bridges that were certainly no small feat to complete.
1. Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge: 102.4 Miles
It’s held the title of longest bridge in the world since 2010, stretching a massive 102.4 miles across the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. The building of the Danyang-Kunshan lasted 4 years and utilized a massive work force. The bridge spans over rough, uneven terrain, lakes, and mountain ranges making the time frame of its construction pretty amazing. There’s also a 5.6-mile length of the bridge reaching over the open water of Yangcheng Lake that was designed to withstand typhoons and magnitude-8 earthquakes. That’s reassuring.
2. Changhua-Kaohsiung Viaduct: 97.8 Miles
Coming up close behind the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge at 97.8 miles, this bridge built over a series of viaducts is also known as the Taiwan High Speed Rail. It runs from the capital of Taiwan, Taipei, to southern Kaohsiung. It was designed in segments for ease of repair in case part of it is destroyed by an earthquake. One might think you wouldn’t want to build a bunch of ridiculously long bridges when there’s the constant threat of a massive earthquake, but no one’s ever gotten anywhere (literally) playing it safe.
3. Tianjin Grand Bridge: 70.6 Miles
Like the Danyang, the Tianjin Grand Bridge is part of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway. It stretches 70.6 miles and was opened in 2011. It’s still recognized as one of the longest bridges in the world.
4. Cangde Grand Bridge: 65.75 Miles
The fourth largest bridge in the world, the Cangde Grand Bridge is, you guessed it, part of the Beijing-Shanghai Railway. It is 65.75 miles long and has a whopping 3092 pillars (and spectacular water views).
5. Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge: 49.5 Miles
Yep still in China! With the Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge hanging out at 49.5 miles long. Considering the 24-mile length of the Pontchartrain Bridge in New Orleans had it holding the title of the longest water-spanning bridge for over 40 years, this is still a ridiculously long bridge. It also differs from its viaduct partners on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway by being a detached structure, although it was still built over viaducts. This bridge is part of the Zhengzhou – Xi’an High-Speed Railway.
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