Qingdao Haiwan Bridge
The 26.4 minle long Qingdao Haiwan Bridge would easily span the English Channel and is almost three miles longer than the previous record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in the American state of Louisiana. (Pics and video)
The vast structure links the centre of the booming port city of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province with the suburb of Huangdao, spanning the wide blue waters of Jiaozhou Bay.
The bridge is expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day and will cut the commute between the city of Qingdao and the sprawling suburb of Huangdao by between 20 and 30 minutes.
China is already home to seven of the world’s 10 lengthiest bridges, including the world’s longest, the 102-mile Danyang-Kunshan rail bridge, which runs over land and water near Shanghai.
World’s longest bridges
102.4 miles: Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, China (rail)
70.6 miles: Tianjin Grand Bridge, China (rail)
49.5 miles: Weinan Weihe Grand Bridge, China (rail)
33.5 miles: Bang Na Expressway, Thailand (road)
29.9 miles: Beijing Grand Bridge, China (rail)
26.4 miles: Qingdao Haiwan Bridge, China (road) – longest bridge over water
23.8 miles: Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, USA (road)
22.8 miles: Manchac Swamp bridge, USA (road)
22.2 miles: Yangcun Bridge, China (rail)
22.1 miles: Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China (road)
Photo credit: freshome