The Beipanjiang bridge is a modern marvel of technological innovation as the world’s highest bridge

China is huge, this we know. It’s also a diverse land, with incredibly varied topography to prove it. Because of this, the country has had to learn to adapt to the changing landscape in a way that works best for them. Whether it’s constructing towering skyscrapers in its bustling cities to meet the increasing demand for housing and commerce or, as in the case here, building crazy bridges to connect its more remote regions in convenient and safe ways.1hfuyiThe Beipanjiang bridge opened to the public on December 30th, 2016, after construction began in 2011. The bridge is now the highest in the world, standing 1,854 feet above the ground. The structure connects Guizhou and Yunnan and shortens the time between the two rural provinces from five hours to only two. 2dfghprfv

The bridge spans a distance of an impression 4,400 feet across the Beipan river valley between the mountainous landscapes and is a major feat in providing the area’s residents and workers with a safe, convenient travel option. The bridge is part of the G56 Hangzhou-Ruili roadway and links the cities of Qujing and Liupanshui.3uyftyseopIt’s reported that the bridge cost $144 million dollars to build; China is also home to 15 of the 20 highest bridges in the world. The Sidu River Bridge and the Puli Bridge come in at numbers two and three though they hundreds of feet shorter than the Beipanjiang. 4ghaaskopBefore these crazy high bridges, travel across these remote regions were dangerous, grueling and took days on winding, small roadways. It was an outdated, unsafe and inconvenient way of traveling and China has done well by their citizens to invest in their infrastructure by building these series of bridges. 5hgfiuIn contrast, the highest bridge in the United States is the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado and is almost 1,000 feet shorter than the Beipanjiang. In 2001, the Royal Gorge was actually the tallest in the world but has been pushed to 17 in intervening 16 years.6ewqobThere’s a difference between the tallest and the highest, however. While the Beipanjiang Bridge is the highest — meaning it has the most distance from the deck to the ground — France’s Millau Viaduct is the tallest, which measures the height of the structure itself.7kphgvasFor perspective, the 1,854 feet that the bridge comes off the ground is roughly equivalent to a 200 story building!8hpjhbwsSources: USA Today, Mother Nature Network, Newser, Highest Bridges