With the opening of the world’s highest bridge in Beipanjiang, China, we look at 7 bridges that are as clever as they are beautiful
Morning mist over Millau Viaduct (Dreamstime)
Designed by British architect Norman Foster and French structural engineer Michel Virloguex, the Millau Viaduct spans the entire valley of the River Tarn in France and is one of the tallest bridges in the world.
Marina Bay, featuring Helix Bridge, at sunset (Dreamstime)
Canopies are incorporated to provide shade and, at night, pairs of coloured letters are lit up to represent the four bases of DNA: cytosine, guanine, adenine and thymine. It's not just a bridge, but a biology lesson too.
Confederation Bridge in Spring (Dreamstime)
The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge to span ice-covered waters in the world.
Joining the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, it is 12.9 kilometres long and is the culmination of a century of protest, debate and proposals. Locals call it ‘The Fixed Link.’
Curled up like the letter ‘C’ for most of the week, it unfurls like a chrysalis every Friday at noon, providing a shortcut across the canal, albeit for a brief time.
The JK Bridge reflected in Lake Paranoá (Dreamstime)
The bridge’s distinctive, overlapping arches are anchored deep under the lake to support the span. On completion, it’s silhouette instantly became a symbol of the city.
Storseisundet Bridge at sunset (Dreamstime)
While much of its curviness is an optical illusion, the wild weather here makes crossing the bridge a terrifying experience.
564 metres above the Beipan River in mountainous southwest China, the Beipanjiang Bridge is the highest bridge in the world.
Opened to traffic in late 2016, the four lane, 1,341-metre-long structure has cut the travelling time between the cities of Liupanshui and Xuianwei by three hours.
Main image: The Confederation Bridge, Canada (Dreamstime)