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World’s Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic in Remote China

Image: Beipanjiang Bridge, near Bijie in southwest China's Guizhou province
The Beipanjiang Bridge, near Bijie in southwest China's Guizhou province on Dec. 28, 2016. The world's highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two southwestern provinces and reducing travel time by three quarters, local authorities said on December 30. AFP - Getty Images
World\'s Highest Bridge Completes Connection In Guizhou
An aerial view of the Beipanjiang bridge under construction on Sept. 10, 2016. VCG via Getty Images

The world's highest bridge opened to traffic in China, connecting two southwestern provinces and reducing travel time in the region by three quarters.

The 4400-foot-long Beipanjiang bridge has a height equivalent to a 200-story building, which makes it the world's highest bridge down to the ground or water surface.

Construction on the bridge spanning the Beipanjiang Valley began in 2013. The two sides were connected in September 2016.

Image: Vehicles making their way through the Beipanjiang Bridge
Vehicles cross the Beipanjiang Bridge on Dec. 29. AFP - Getty Images
Image: Beipanjiang Bridge, near Bijie in southwest China's Guizhou province
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