10 World’s Most Extreme Bridges

The Immortal Bridge (China) – Mount Tai in the Shandon Province of China has had cultural and religioussignificance for thousands of years. It is one of the five sacred mountains of China and is associated with the dawn, birth and renaissance.

The Immortal Bridge (China)

As you progress up the mountain you will come across this – The Immortal Bridge. This Bridge is composed of three huge rocks and several smaller ones. Below it is a valley and to the south is a seemingly bottomless abyss. No one knows quite when these enormous rocks fell into their current place but it is quite likely they have been like this since the last ice age.

The Old Bridge of Konitsa (Greece)

The Old Bridge of Konitsa (Greece)

This centuries-old bridge in Greece spans the river Aoos, which is full in winter. If you look carefully to the right under the top of the bridge, you can see a small bell. Villagers say that when there is enough wind to make the bell sound, it is too dangerous to cross the bridge.

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (Ireland)

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (Ireland)Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island. The site is owned and maintained by the National Trust, spans twenty metres and is thirty metres above the rocks below. Today the bridge is mainly a tourist attraction, with 247,000 visitors in 2009. When it’s windy, this is truly an exhilarating experience – terrifying (if you’re afraid of heights) but exhilarating.

Royal Gorge Bridge (Colorado)
Royal Gorge Bridge (Colorado)The Royal Gorge Bridge is a tourist attraction near Cañon City, Colorado, within a 360-acre (150 ha) theme park. The bridge deck hangs 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas River, and held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2003, when it was surpassed by the Beipanjiang River 2003 Bridge in China. It is a suspension bridge with a main span of 938 feet (286 m). The bridge is 1,260 feet (384 m) long and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide, with a wooden walkway with 1292 planks. The bridge is suspended from towers that are 150 feet (46 m) high.

Inca Rope Bridge (Inca Empire, Peru)
Inca Rope Bridge (Inca Empire, Peru)Inca rope bridges were simple suspension bridges over canyons and gorges (pongos) to provide access for the Inca Empire. Bridges of this type were suitable for use since the Inca people did not use wheeled transport – traffic was limited to pedestrians and livestock. These bridges were an integral part on the Inca road system and are an example of Inca innovation in engineering. They were frequently used by Chasqui runners delivering messages throughout the Inca Empire.

Pulau Langkawi’s Suspended Bridge (Malaysia)

Pulau Langkawi's Suspended Bridge (Malaysia)This sky bridge spans around the gorge on Pulau Langkawi, which is the largest island in the Langkawi archipelago, Malaysia. It’s suspended at 687 m above sea level, offering magnificent views of the Andaman Sea and Thailand’s Tarutao Island. The view from the bridge is really breathtaking – its curves provide different perspectives of the landscapes. The Sky Bridge is one of the most spectacular bridges in the world that delivers quite a pump of adrenaline.

Puente de Ojuela (Mexico)
Puente de Ojuela (Mexico)Ojuela was a small mining settlement located northwest of the city of Durango, Durango, in northern Mexico. The settlement is now well known as a ghost town as a result of the mineral ore being exhausted. The only surviving and functional structure is a suspension bridge. The bridge is known as “Puente de Ojuela” (Ojuela Bridge) by the locals. The original bridge was designed by the famous Roebling brothers, who also designed the Brooklyn Bridge.

Hussaini Hanging Bridge (Pakistan)
Hussaini Hanging Bridge (Pakistan)Known as the most dangerous bridge in the world, the Hussaini Hanging Bridge is only one of many precarious rope bridges in Northern Pakistan. For most of the citizens, the only way to travel was by walking across mountain passes to Rawalpindi. In 1978, the Karakoram Highway was completed and the region was connected, but inter-region travel remains as difficult as it was 100 years ago.

Vitim River Bridge (Siberia)

Vitim River Bridge (Siberia)This broad river is the Vitim River in Siberia, Russia. The bridge that’s provided to get you across is made of wood and not in a very goodcondition. It’s only wide enough for one car but it’s 570 meter (1870 feet) so it takes good 3 minutes to drive across it if you’re a skilled driver. If you’re not so skilled, you could be looking at a 15 meters drop into the Vitim River, which ain’t no fun. And that’s really nothing. Vitim River Bridge is in Russian Siberia.

Bryce Canyon’s Natural Bridge (Utah, US)
Bryce Canyon's Natural Bridge (Utah, US)Natural Bridge, the most popular arch in Bryce Canyon, is located 1.7 miles past Fairview Point and is visible from the Natural Bridge turn-out. The naming of Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon caused a slight uproar in the geology circles. Even though the natural-made structure looks like a bridge, it is in fact an arch.

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