The World’s Highest Suspension Bridge
The Anzhaite Long-span Suspension Bridge in Jishou, Hunan Province, China, officially opened to traffic on 3 April 2012. It is the world’s longest and highest suspension bridge, measuring 1176 meters long and 336 meters above the valley floor (or 1102 ft up and 3858 ft long). Construction has taken nearly five years, with most of the work finished by the end of 2011. It was built to ease traffic in the area mainly caused by its numerous narrow, steep roads. Pedestrians can walk along it on a special walkway and take in views of the Dehang Canyon.
Worker getting bridge ready for the Official Opening.
Worker applying finishing touches to paintwork.
The bridge, which connects to two tunnels, was built to ease traffic.
It offers stunning views of the Dehang Canyon.
The bridge is a key part of the Jishou-Chadong Expressway, a 64-kilometre road which has 18 different tunnels which cover about half of its length.
The ambitious structure is 336m high and 1176m long.
The bridge is lit up at night with 1,888 lights, is the fourth suspension bridge to cross a valley so wide. It seems to hang between two mountain ranges.
Once on the bridge cars and lorries can motor along a two-way, four-lane motorway at about 50 mph. Pedestrians can also walk along it on a special walkway under the road.
People and traffic stream across the Anzhaite Bridge during the opening ceremony on Tuesday 3 April 2012.