Ranking of the world’s top 10 most famous bridges, with multiple Chinese bridges and the London Tower Bridge on the list.
China is the birthplace of many well-known bridges and has many famous bridges. However, in the world, there are also many historic, magnificent bridges that have made huge contributions to economic and cultural exchanges between countries, and have extremely high visibility in the world. This article will introduce the top ten most famous bridges in the world.
Ranking of the world’s top 10 most famous bridges:
- Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is located in the Lingdingyang waters of the Pearl River Estuary in Guangdong, China. It is a large bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau. It was built in 2009 with a total length of 55 kilometers and a cost of 126.9 billion yuan. The construction of the bridge reflects the advanced level of China’s bridge construction and comprehensive strength, and is known as the Mount Everest in the bridge industry.
2. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was completed in 1988. It is the most important sea bridge between Kobe City and Awaji Island in Japan. The bridge is 3,910 meters long and cost 4.3 billion US dollars. It not only has a dual six-lane highway, but also has visitor viewing corridors at both ends of the bridge.
3. Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge was built in 1960 and is one of the third bridges across the Yangtze River. It is mainly located between Gulou District and Pukou District. Since its establishment, it has made important achievements for China’s economy and is a milestone in China’s bridge history. It has extremely significant implications for China and even the world’s bridge history.
4. Xihoumen Bridge
The Xihoumen Bridge is located above the Xihoumen Waterway in Zhoushan, Zhejiang. It was built in 2005 and is 5,045 meters long. It is the world’s largest steel box girder suspension bridge. The construction of the bridge has greatly improved domestic economic benefits and is also one of the world’s top 10 most famous bridges.
5. Denmark’s Great Belt Bridge
The Great Belt Bridge is a bridge connecting Zealand and Funen in Denmark. The bridge is mainly composed of three parts: the West Bridge, the undersea tunnel, and the East Bridge, with a total length of 17.5 kilometers and a total cost of 4.8 billion US dollars. It is one of the highest-budget bridge projects in Europe.
6. UK’s Humber Bridge
The Humber Bridge in the UK was built in 1973 and took eight years to officially open. It mainly spans the Humber River and is located between Hessle and Barton. It has a span of 1,410 meters and cost more than 250 million US dollars. It is also one of the top 10 most famous modern bridges in the world.
7. Hong Kong Tsing Ma Bridge
The Hong Kong Tsing Ma Bridge was built in 1992 and was completed in 1997. The bridge spans Tsing Yi Island and Ma Wan and is 2,160 meters long. It once broke the record for the longest dual-use suspension bridge for vehicles and railways in the world and won the 20th Century Building Achievement Award. The bridge is also a very famous landmark in Hong Kong and attracts many tourists.
8. Golden Gate Bridge in the United States
The Golden Gate Bridge is located in the Golden Gate Strait, connecting San Francisco and California. It was built in 1933 and took four years to complete, becoming one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. It is over 1,900 meters long and has been hailed as a miracle of 20th-century bridge engineering, as well as one of the top ten famous bridges in the world.
9. Tower Bridge in London
The Tower Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the River Thames and was built in 1886. It has two levels, with shops and bars inside the bridge, providing a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery of both sides of the river while shopping. It also holds a certain status in the world’s bridge construction industry.
10. Mackinac Bridge in the United States
The Mackinac Bridge was built in 1957 in the United States and is located in the Mackinac Strait. It mainly uses truss structure and required 49,500 tons of building steel, with a total length of 2,626 meters. It is also one of the top ten famous bridges in the world.