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Architectural Marvels – I [Bridges]

The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge

The chinese are fast becoming the frontier state around the world, starting to lead with its economy, policies and now, even architecture! To this day, China and its neighbor Taiwan have some of the best architectural structures to boast about; the Taipei 101 and Shanghai World Trade Center, alongside many others. Another addition to this list of achievements is now the longest Sea Bridge in the World; The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge!

Don’t think about crossing it on foot, it’s the length of a marathon. At 26.4 miles long, it is five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais. The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26.4 miles long and links China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao. The road bridge, which is 110ft wide and is the longest of its kind, cost nearly £1billion to build.

A bridge over misty waters: The immense £1billion structure which is supported by more than 5,000 pillars stretches for 24 miles along China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao, cost £960million and took four years to build!!
Stretching beyond where the eyes can see!
 The suspension beams form an imposing sight as the reach through the clouds and look down upon colourful flags marking the bridge’s grand opening
Twenty-four miles of fresh untouched tarmac stretch from Qingdao to Hungdao
Map of the Bridge and its running area

Yet the Chinese are not to be outdone by themselves! As they would have it, this marvelous engineering feat will only hold the record as the longest sea bridge for a few years – it will be beaten by another Chinese bridge in the next decade. Last December officials announced workers had begun constructing a bridge to link southern Guangdong province with Hong Kong and Macau. Set to be completed in 2016, officials said the £6.5billion bridge will span nearly 30 miles. It will be designed to cope with earthquakes up to magnitude 8.0, strong typhoons and the impact of a 300,000 tonne vessel.
Yet again, both structures will still be dwarfed by the longest bridge in the world, also in China. The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is an astonishing 102 miles in length.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the next best marvel that China will bring us!  ^_^

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