Is this the world's most unusual bridge?

Is this the world's most unusual bridge?

Chinese culture has no shortage of symbols of good luck and fortune - so it's no wonder that NEXT Architects designed a red 'Lucky Knot Bridge'.

In the Chinese city of Changsha, over the Dragon King Harbour River, stands a 600ft long and 78ft high bridge that's setting a high standard for everyday infrastructure.

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The bridge is covered in the luckiest colour in China that also symbolises happiness - red.

Its unusual shape combines the principles behind Chinese knotting, a craft usually made with red rope and ancient decorative Chinese folk art.

The knot symbolises luck and prosperity.

Besides connecting the two banks of the river, it's expected to become a symbol of the city with recreational, ecological and tourist activities.

The bridge is an original design with unexpected cutouts, multiple levels offering different views of the city and at night an LED show brings the bridge to life.

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Art critic and philosopher Alain de Botton likened this bridge in England's south west to a 'stocky middle-aged man who hoists his trousers and loudly solicits the attention of others before making a jump between two points.' Hmm....

Overlooking Bristol and the Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was completed in 1864, five years after his death. It spans 702 feet and is considered one of the finest engineering feats in British history.

For hundreds of years this bridge in Northern Ireland was used by fishermen to gain access to a small island whose waters were brimming with salmon...

These days flocks of tourists have replaced hopeful fishermen on Country Antrim’s Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge- whose name means ‘rock in the road’. The salmon have dwindled, but fine coastal views attract ramblers from all over the UK.

The rural Shropshire valley dominated by this bridge - the first of its kind in the world - has been granted UNESCO status, owing to its historical significance as ‘The Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’.

Upon its completion on New Year’s Day, 1781, Ironbridge became the world’s first, ahem, iron bridge. It overlooks the Ironbridge Gorge and village, whose factories used to produce more engines, wheels, rails and iron goods than anywhere else in the world.

This historic suspension bridge hops over to a barren island known in the local language as ‘Ynys Môn’. In the background looms the tallest mountain range south of Scotland.

The island is Anglesey, the mountain range is Snowdonia and the bridge is Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge, completed in 1826, which straddles the Menai Straits in Wales’s north-west.

An iconic dome and one of the world’s trendiest art galleries are connected by this pedestrian-only affair, made of steel, and designed by one of our most eminent contemporary architects...

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This toll bridge links a Welsh border town famous for its horse races to an English county notable for an orange-coloured cheese.

Severn Bridge spans the Severn Estuary, linking the Welsh town of Chepstow and the English county of Gloucestershire. Strangely, passengers are only charged upon crossing from the English side.

One of the great London icons, it was constructed in 1894, has big neo-Gothic towers and looms over the River Thames beside the Tower of London...

Tower Bridge, made from Cornish granite, Portland stone and 11,000 tonnes of steel. At the time of construction, its trademark raising bascules- allowing river traffic to flow underneath- were a technological revelation. 

This compression arch suspended-deck bridge is the best known of seven bridges crossing a famously foggy river...

Tyne Bridge overlooks the trendy BALTIC art gallery on Newcastle’s Quayside. Although there has been a bridge here since Roman times, the current structure dates back to 1928.

This bridge dominates the riverfront of a city forever associated with its Roman baths and Georgian townhouses. Based on a famous Italian bridge, it is one of only four in the world spanned by shops on either side.

The city of Bath is home to Pulteney Bridge. Designed by Robert Adam and inspired by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, it was completed in 1773.

It might look like a row of giant tin openers, but this rotating boat-lift bridge ingeniously connects two of Scotland’s main canals.

The Falkirk Wheel makes it possible to transfer shipping between the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. The bridge is now such a national landmark that you can see a picture of it on one side of a Scottish £50 note.

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