An enormous mountain overpass standing at a whopping 565 metres high (1,854 feet) opened to traffic today in south-west China.
The Beipanjiang Bridge, which reportedly cost 1.023 billion yuan (£120 million) to build, overtook the 560-metre-high (1,837 feet) Sidu River Bridge, also in China, to become the highest bridge in the world.
At 1,340 metres (4,396 feet) long, the four-lane structure links two of China most remote provinces, Yunnan and Guizhou.
Suspended over a deep gorge, the Beipanjiang Bridge is built at a height nearly twice as much as that of The Shard, a 95-storey skyscraper in London.
Engineers joined the last set of decks on September 10, marking the completion of the structure which has cost three years to build.
Named after Beipan River, the waterway it crosses, the incredible structure has a 720-metre-wide span (2,363 feet) and is a part of the Hangrui Highway, a 3,405-kilometre-long (2,115 miles) national motorway linking Hangzhou city in southern China with Ruili city on the China-Myanmar border.
The newly opened project is not to be confused with another Beipanjiang Bridge on Guanxing Highway, which stands at 363 metres high (1,200 feet) and opened in 2003.
The completion of the ambitious project means that eight of the world’s 10 highest completed bridges are now located in China – almost all are situated in remote mountainous provinces, according to highestbridges.com.
Among the top ten, the other two bridges are in Papua New Guinea and Mexico, claimed the same website.
The Beipanjiang Bridge overtook the previous record holder, Sidu River Bridge, situated in central China’s Hubei Province.