#Travel: World’s highest bridge opens in China

The world’s highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two provinces in the mountainous southwest and reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters, local authorities said Friday.

The Beipanjiang Bridge soars 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects the two mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, the Guizhou provincial transport department said in a statement on its official website.

The bridge cut travel times between Xuanwei in Yunnan to Shuicheng in Guizhou from more than four hours to around one, a truck driver surnamed Duan was quoted by the official news agency Xinhua as saying after the bridge opened Thursday.

It was “very convenient for people who want to travel between these two places”, he added.

The 1,341-metre span cost over 1 billion yuan ($144 million) to build, according to local newspaper Guizhou Daily.

It overtook the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei to become the world’s highest bridge, a separate statement by the provincial transport department said earlier.

Several of the world’s highest bridges are in China, although the world’s tallest bridge — measured in terms of the height of its own structure, rather than the distance to the ground — remains France’s Millau viaduct at 343 metres.

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  1. Avatar Aminata Kanu November 18th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I am disappointed with an African radio station like yours that would report misleading things about Sierra Leone. It is a well documented fact that 50,000 people died during the civil war and not 120,000. I hope you will amend your story.

    1. Avatar Dee November 18th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      And your point is? Were you there counting? 50,000 makes it OK, or what?

      1. Avatar Dee November 18th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        Type your reply…

        1. Avatar Lordoasis November 19th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

          The number does not necessarily make it any better or justify it…yes! but the facts need not me blurred or distorted. I dont know the the facts but if its well documented to be 50,000 then a report indicating 120,000 is certainly misleading and inappropriate.
          Do the honorable thing of correcting the facts…if only for the sake of posterity.

  2. Avatar George Kennedy November 18th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I am George Kennedy, a Liberian journalist living in Monrovia. I pray for my Sierra Leonean neighbors and hope that GOD ALMIGHTY be with them and protect them as they elect their new government. God Bless Sierra Leone and Liberia and God bless mama Africa. Lets Go Africa….What are we waiting for? DEMOCRACY!!!!!! Oh Yes; that’s the people!!!!!!!! Our People!


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