Balinghe Bridge Video

Balinghe Bridge Video

Aerial view of Balinghe bridge 航拍坝陵河大桥 / G60 Hukun Expressway, Anshun, Guizhou, China/Balinghe bridge is located in a hot spot of high Chinese bridges and is less than 100 miles (161 km) from 4 others in the region, including the three great crossings of the Beipanjiang river. The closest of the Beipanjiang bridges is on the same highway as Balinghe about 20 miles (32 km) east and is among the world’s ten highest bridges at 1,080 feet (330 mtrs). Also be sure to visit nearby Huangguoshu waterfalls, one of the largest in China with a drop of 243 feet (74 mtrs). Of all of China’s provinces, Guizhou (pronounced Gooey-Joe) will probably have the greatest number of high bridges as there are still several major and minor highways to be constructed in the next decade. If you are wondering why Balinghe bridge has the unusual span length of 1088 meters, it relates to the luck the Chinese associate with the number 8 which sounds like the Mandarin word for “prosperity”. It was no coincidence that the Beijing Olympics began at 8:08 pm on the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008. Several other high suspension bridges also have metric span lengths that end with the number 8 including the Beipanjiang 2003 bridge with a span of 388 meters and the Xixi suspension bridge with a span of 338 meters. There is, however, no superstition related to the number 13, so watch out or you may find yourself on the 13th floor of a Chinese hotel!

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