A look into the craziest built bridges in the world:
1. Dragon bridge, Da Nang, Vietnam
It is 666 m long, 6 lane bridge over the river Han. The bridge was designed and built in the shape of a dragon and to breathe fire each Saturday and Sunday night at 9 PM. Bridge designers are the most creative engineers :P
2. Roller coaster bridge.
ESHIMA OHASHI BRIDGE, Honshu, Japan
Gradients- 6.1 % on one side and 5.1 % on the other. It spans over a mile.
One hell of a ride!
Another view of this masterpiece of art and engineering!
3. The bridge that ends at the sea!
Oresund bridge, a double track railway and motorway bridge crossing the oresund strait between Scania, Sweden and Denmark. But what about that island where it seems to end?
Before that let's know something, The Oresund strait is roughly 12 Km in length and bridge engineers planned for only 8 Km bridge and were looking for unique alternate solutions! They came up with this concept of a bridge merging into a tunnel to connect Denmark and Sweden (Existing routes took thrice the time than this planned route)
They created an artificial island called Peberholm( Pepper Island) and constructed a 4 Km long tunnel under Baltic sea!
Drodgen Tunnel that links the end of Oresund bridge to Denmark under water. What a journey that would be!
4. The bridge that is here since 40 AD!
Pont Du Gard Aqueduct, Gard, France was built in 40 AD over river Gardon with three decks and a total length of 275 meters. This arch bridge is an UNESCO world heritage site. Roman engineers built it with the aim to transport water from a nearby spring to their city. Awesome!
5. Who would have thought to combine Bridge+Fountain = Fountain Bridge!
Banpo bridge rainbow fountain is world's longest bridge fountain over Han river in Seoul, S.Korea. 180 Water jets shoot 190 Tonnes of 'Recycled' river water per minute forming amazing view. An array of multi coloured lights amplifies the experience.
6. Yes, That is a bridge in the air!
This engineering marvel is Slaurhoffbrug, also known as flying drawbridge is one of its kind. It is a small movable bridge in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands that uses two arms to swing a section of the road in and out of place to let ships through.
Credits- Flickr/Erik Tjallinks
7. World's only tilting bridge!
Millennium bridge over Tyne river, England has this design to allow boats to pass through. It is meant for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the river. It takes 4 minutes to come into position by rotating.
Photo- Stu Forster/Getty Images
The Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in São Paulo, Brazil over the Pinheiros River. The bridge deck is unusual due to its form, which is similar to an 'X,' crossing at the tower.
It is the only bridge in the world that has two curved tracks supported by a single concrete mast.
Photo- Flickr/Stephen Pace
9. A multipurpose bridge!
Khaju bridge in Isfhahan, Iran was built by persian king in 1650 is a bridge, a dam and a place to hold public meetings. It is 12 meters wide and is a beautiful sight at night.
10. Bridge in the sky!
Milau Viaduct in France is the tallest bridge in the world at a height of 343 m from base. It is over river Tarn and is consistently ranked among top engineering marvels ever built.
11. One hundred sixty five KM Long bridge!
Yes, you read correct. World's longest bridge built by China in just four years with 10000 workers is the Danyang Kunshan Grand bridge meant for high speed railway.
The bridge is located on the rail line between Shanghai and Nanjing in East China’s Jiangsu province. It is in the Yangtze River Delta where the geography is characterized by lowland rice paddies, canals, rivers, and lakes which the bridge crosses.
Imagine being inside the train crossing the bridge and it is never ending!
12. Never ending road bridge!
Longest road bridge in the world is the Bang Na expressway in Thailand. It is 55 Km long which means it will take an hour to cross it at 55 KMPH !
13. Bridge for ships?
Magdeburg Water Bridge is a bridge for ships to move in water over a water channel below. It's basically an aqueduct to felicitate crossing of a canal over river Elbe, Germany.
14. When engineers can't get over mathematics!
The INFINITY bridge is a public and pedestrian bridge in Teesdale way, Stockton-on-tees, England. It is built over the river Tees and is 240 meters long.
It reflects the imagination of designers to take reflection into account to create a known mathematical symbol...
15. The bridges that are grown!
The living root bridges of Meghalaya are unique pedestrian bridges to cross streams. Those are grown by the local people of Khasi and Jaintia tribes over the years.