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China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« on: December 30, 2016, 01:58:08 PM »

China opened the world's highest bridge yesterday. It is the Beipanjiang Bridge, which is located on the border of Guizhou and Yunnan provinces. The bridge deck is no less than 565 m / 1,850 ft above the valley floor. This dwarfs previous highest bridges. For example, the bridge deck is over twice as high as the Millau Viaduct in France. It is part of the G56 Hangzhou - Ruili Expressway (also known as the Hangrui Expressway).

Guizhou is the epicenter of high bridges. It is claimed that this province has more bridges over 100 m / 330 ft than all other countries on earth combined. Guizhou consists entirely of highlands which are crossed by deep gorges. There are several other bridges in excess of 1,000 ft high.












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Re: China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2016, 03:49:32 PM »

Nice. China has a lot of interesting highways and bridges. You'll never see me going over there to check them out though. It's too bad that GSV is banned in China.

It looks pretty similar to this bridge (Puente Baluarte) that I still want to drive on in Mexico. I just haven't gotten the chance or had the time to get down there yet. It is the highest in North America.
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Re: China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2016, 07:48:18 PM »

Don't look down...LOL!  We could use some of that terrain taming technique on I-5 between Roseburg and Grants Pass in Oregon.  I wonder how many tunnels there are to go along with those bridges? 

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Re: China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2016, 11:52:23 PM »

Don't look down...LOL!  We could use some of that terrain taming technique on I-5 between Roseburg and Grants Pass in Oregon.  I wonder how many tunnels there are to go along with those bridges? 

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There are 62 tunnels along the Mexican highway. I don't know anything about the Chinese route.
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Re: China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 01:09:06 PM »

There are several high bridges over the North Pan river. This one is located at Duge.
It's too bad that GSV is banned in China.

There are some Street View services that cover China, such as Baidu or Tencent (although the former has still to get out of the cities).
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Re: China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2016, 07:53:54 PM »

Just a few kilometers west of the Beipanjiang Bridge is the 485 meter (1,591 ft) high Puli Bridge. It was completed in 2015, but couldn't open until the Beipanjiang Bridge opened to traffic.



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Re: China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2017, 01:51:37 AM »

Wow, that is quite the bridge! I guess China has hundreds of places like this that would require really high bridges.

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Re: China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 08:54:51 PM »

China probably goes out of the way to build roads in the craziest places so they can claim the records for shit.
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Re: China opens world's highest bridge (Beipanjiang Bridge)
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2017, 12:08:35 AM »

China probably goes out of the way to build roads in the craziest places so they can claim the records for shit.

Perhaps. That said it's worth noting that this bridge has no supports *in* the gorge itself and the structural height is much less than the 1850 ft between the deck and the floor of the gorge underneath. So the height is purely a product of the location, not an engineering achievement.

That said, the 2362 ft horizontal span is impressive (albeit not record setting) for a cable stay structure.
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