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China has built the world’s highest bridge and it’s surrounded by clouds

Harley Tamplin
In this photo taken Saturday Sept. 10, 2016, an aerial view of Beipanjiang Bridge across the Beipanjiang valley is seen in Shuicheng county in southwest China's Guizhou province. According to local media, the cable-stayed bridge under construction then features a 720-meter span, world's second longest span of this kind of bridge, and measures 565 meters above the river surface beneath it which makes it the world's highest bridge. (Chinatopix Via AP)
Would you be brave enough to drive across it? (Picture: AP)
The highest bridge in the world has opened to traffic – and pictures of the construction are simply stunning.
Images of China’s Beipanjiang Bridge show it shrouded by clouds and surrounded by mountains.
It stands an incredible 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects mountainous provinces Yunnan and Guizhou, the Guizhou provincial transport department said in a statement.
As well as looking impressive, the bridge has a practical purpose, cutting travel times by as much as three quarters.
One truck driver said it meant the journey between the two areas was a one hour drive instead of four hours.
This picture taken on December 28, 2016 shows the Beipanjiang Bridge, near Bijie in southwest China's Guizhou province.  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 PHOTO / STR / China OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images
It is seriously impressive (Picture: Getty)
TOPSHOT - This picture taken on December 28, 2016 shows the Beipanjiang Bridge, near Bijie in southwest China's Guizhou province.  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 PHOTO / STR / China OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images
It’s reduced journey times by a huge amount (Picture: Getty)
He added that it is ‘very convenient for people who want to travel between these two places’.
It is 1,341 metres long and cost 1 billion yuan (£117 million) to build, according to local newspaper Guizhou Daily.
The previous record holder for the world’s highest bridge is also in China – the Si Du River Bridge in Hubei.

But the world’s tallest bridge – measured by the height of its own structure rather than the distance to the ground – is France’s Millau viaduct at 343 metres.

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