World’s Highest Bridge Opens in China

Today saw the official opening of the Beipan River Bridge Duge in China’s remote Western Province of Guizhou. It marks a world record with a height of 564 meters from the bridge-deck to the Beipan River below.

The river marks the border between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces and is part of the G56 Hangzhou–Ruili Expressway between Qujing and Liupanshui.

The eastern tower has a height of 269 meters, which also makes it the 10th tallest bridge in the world.

Construction of the cable-stayed bridge began in 2011 and was completed in September 2016. It is the first cable-stayed bridge to achieve world’s highest bridge.

The mountainous terrain of Guizhou Province coupled with China’s drive to develop has seen a series of high bridges which have smashed world records. According to, this single Chinese province has more high bridges than any other country in the world.

Beipan River Bridge under construction in 2016 the world's highest bridge
The Beipan River Bridge Duge, shown under constuction earlier in 2016, was opened December 29, 2016. Photo:

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