Is the world’s most scenic highway? China unveils new seven mile road that’s built in the middle of a river valley year, a truly spectacular new bridge was unveiled in Hubei province, central China.
It doesn’t just simply cross over the river between two banks — that would be too easy. Instead, this one runs along the length of the river, following the curve of a valley with a 6.8 mile high-speed motorway built on top of it. The unusual bridge has already been dubbed China’s first ’ecological highway,’ helping the government prevent deforestation and forest degradation.
The road is built on top of a bridge that follows the curve of the river valley.
It will cut down travel time from Xingshan to G42 to just 20 minutes. The journey originally took close to an hour along a steep and convoluted road.
Drivers along the route are treated to breathtaking views of the valley as well as the river and nearby villages.
The new route has already been dubbed the ‘over-water highway’.We have never seen anything quite like this amazing structure and just had to share it with you.
According to the project manager of the road Chen Xingda, when the motorway was first proposed in 2013, there were three different possible routes.
Two of the routes involved digging a tunnel through the mountains in the area. The third was a longer route and involved building on water.
Engineers on the project wanted to protect the abundance of plants and woodland in the mountains so decided to build the third route.