World's highest bridge opens in southwest China

Local transport authorities said the bridge soars 565 metres above a river and connects the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou in the mountainous southwest.

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The world's highest bridge, connecting two provinces in China, has opened to traffic, reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters.

The Beipanjiang Bridge in southwest China has opened after taking three years to complete the project, spending $146.7 million, media reports said.



Local transport authorities said the bridge soars 565 metres above a river and connects the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou in the mountainous southwest.

The new bridge is travel times between Xuanwei in Yunnan to Shuicheng in Guizhou from more than four hours to around one, the China’s official news agency Xinhua reported citing a truck driver surnamed Duan.

“[The Bridge is] very convenient for people who want to travel between these two places”, Duan was quoted as saying.

The bridge reportedly overtook the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei to become the world's highest bridge.