World's highest bridge opens in China

Beipanjiang Bridge soars 1,854 feet above a gorge

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The highest bridge on the planet has opened in China.

Beipanjiang Bridge, which soars 1,854 feet above a gorge and is nearly a mile long, has opened to traffic, Chinese state media reported.

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It cost around $140 million to complete and sits between Xuanwei city in Yunnan province and Shuicheng county in Guizhou province.

The bridge shortens the journey between the two places to one hour from four hours.

In 2015, the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge was completed in China.

The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge in the Pingjiang county is 1,230ft long and 984ft high.

The £2.6million bridge was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan.

But just weeks after it opened in 2016, the bridge was closed.

Officials said urgent maintenance work had to be carried out but according to America's CNN Network, a spokesman told them that the record-breaking bridge was "overwhelmed by the volume of visitors".

When asked if the bridge was cracked or broken, the spokesperson reportedly said "there was no problem" and confirmed there had been no accidents.

Demand for the attraction was reportedly 10 times the daily allowance of 8,000 visitors.

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