Runyang Yangtze River Bridge, China
Situated in the Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, the Yangtze River is a famous river, often depicted in children’s tales and storybooks. Many bridges span this expansive river, but across the part of the river downstream of Nanjing, rises the majestic Runyang Yangtze River Bridge complex.
Part of the Yangzhou Liyang Expressway, this complex was meant to replace the ferries that were running across the river constantly when it opened to traffic in 2005. But some locals argue that the ferries are still quicker, hence why they still run. This bridge is a long one – just over 22 miles to be exact. Technically, the Runyang Yangtze River Bridge is two bridges – a south bridge and a north bridge. The south bridge is a suspension bridge that spans 1,490 metres. It’s six traffic lanes wide and is suspended 215 metres above sea level. The north bridge is different – it’s a cable stayed bridge that has a much smaller span of 406 metres. However, with a height of 3,000 metres above sea level, it’s much higher.
So if you’re afraid of heights, you’re better off sticking to the south bridge. But if you’re more scared of travelling across a bridge over (hopefully untroubled) waters, then we suggest you use the north bridge. Or, use the ferry!