People often get confused between the highest and the tallest bridges in the world. The highest bridge in the world is not the tallest. The highest bridges in the world are marked by measuring the distance between the bridge deck and the ground or water surface beneath the bridge. While the tallest bridges are measured by their structural height. Out of the top 10 highest bridges in the world 8 belongs to China. Most of these iconic man-made structures have been completed in recent years. Here is the list of 10 Highest Bridges In The world that only connects people but also offers mesmerizing views.
1. Duge Bridge- 565 m (1,854 ft):
Spanning between Xuanwei city in Yunnan province and Shuicheng county in Guizhou province of China, the Duge Bridge is the world’s highest. The cable-stayed bridge was inaugurated on 29 December 2016. The bridge near Liupanshui in China crosse the Beipan River spanning 1.34 km. The longest span of the bridge is 720 m (2,360 ft) and the total length is 1,340 m (4,400 ft).
2. Sidu River Bridge- 496 m (1,627 ft):
Crossing the valley of the Sidu River near Yesanguan in Badong County of China, the Sidu River Bridge is the second-highest bridge in the world. The suspension bridge is 1,222 m-long (4,009 ft) and it cost 720 million yuan (approximately US$100 million) to build. The deck height of the bridge is 1,627 ft (496 m) while its longest span is 3,000 ft (900 m).
3. Puli Bridge- 485 m (1,591 ft):
Build over the Puli River, the Puli Bridge, also located in China near Xuanwei, Qujing, is the third-highest bridge in the world. The 1,591 ft high bridge crosses a small stream beside the Gexiang River gorge. It cost 440 million yuan (about US$71 million) to build this fascinating bridge. The main span of the bridge is 628 meters (2,060 feet) and the total length is 1,040 meters (3,410 feet).
4. Yachi River Bridge- 434 m (1,424 ft):
The fourth highest bridge in the world is the Yachi River Bridge located over the Wu River in Guizhou, China. One of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world, the Yachi River Bridge has a deck height of 434 m (1,424 ft). The main span of the bridge is 800 m (2,600 ft) and the western and the eastern towers of the bridge are 258.2 m (847 ft) and 243.2 m (798 ft) respectively.
5. Qingshui River Bridge- 406 m (1,332 ft):
Built over the Qingshui River, the Qingshui River Bridge has a deck height of 406 m (1,332 ft) with the longest span being 1,130 m (3,710 ft). Qingshui River Bridge is the third-highest suspension bridge in the world and the fifth-highest bridge overall located in Guizhou, China. The main span of the bridge is 1,130 m (3,710 ft) which makes it one of the longest bridges in the world. It cost ¥1.54billion to built this bridge and it was opened on December 31, 2015.
6. Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Bridge- 393 m (1,289 ft):
The Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Bridge is the world’s sixth-highest bridge with a deck height of 393 m (1,289 ft) and the longest span of 470 m (1,540 ft). This suspension bridge opened in 2005 over the Hegigio River. It is the highest pipeline bridge used for transporting petroleum oil in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.
7. Baluarte Bridge- 390 m (1,280 ft):
Crossing the Baluarte River in Mexico the Baluarte Bridge has a deck height of 390 m (1,280 ft) and the main span of 520 m (1,710 ft). The seventh highest bridge in the world is a Cable-stayed bridge is located between the municipalities of Concordia in Sinaloa and Pueblo Nuevo in Durango, Mexico. It is the highest bridge in the Americas and the third-highest cable-stayed bridge in the world.
8. Liuguanghe Xiqian Expressway Bridge- 375 m (1,230 ft):
The eighth highest bridge in the world is the Liuguanghe Xiqian Expressway Bridge which is located above the Yachi River between Xiuwen, Guiyang, and Qianxi, Bijie in Guizhou in China. The bridge has a deck height of 375 m (1,230 ft) and the main span of 580 m (1,900 ft). The highest tower od the bridge is 245 metres high making it one of the tallest bridges in the world.
9. Baling River Bridge- 370 m (1,210 ft):
Located in Guanling County in Guizhou Province of China, the Baling River Bridge spanning the Baling River Valley is the ninth highest bridge in the world. The bridge has a total length of 2,237 m (7,339 ft) and the clearance of 370 m (1,210 ft) above the river. In July 2012 the China Bridge Parachuting International Challenge was held here, 30 base jumpers from 15 different countries participated.
10. Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge- 366 m (1,201 ft):
The last bridge on the list is the Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge, the tenth highest bridge in the world. The suspension bridge was the highest bridge in the world when it was opened in 2003. The total length of the bridge is 388 m (1,273 ft) and it has a clearance of 366 m (1,201 ft) above the river.