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Photo credit: AP

China adds another long-ass bridge to its collection.

On June 30, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge was officially opened, becoming the world’s longest bridge to run over water. It connects the Huangdao District of Qingdao with the city proper and is 139,400 feet in length. That’s 26.4 miles (46.5km).

(I just googled “Jiaozhou Bay Bridge marathon” and yes, someone has already had the idea: New Bridge Marathon Opportunity in China)

Photo credit: AP

The same day, a second new connection between mainland and island was unveiled: the 4.8-mile Qing-Huang Tunnel (China’s longest undersea tunnel).

I hear infrastructure investment is a great way to boost long-term economic growth.

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For bridge stats (they’re more fun to check out than they sound), hit up Wikipedia’s List of longest bridges in the world.

Matador also has some photo galleries:
World’s most impressive bridges, vol 1
World’s most impressive bridges, vol 2

* Story and photos via: Yahoo/Reuters

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Hal Amen

Hal Amen is a managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.

  • Ishrat Quadri

    Amazing. This is progress.

  • Geeyadanna

    Long live China…………………. Great people’s Sign………………….. best wishess 2 China……..

  • piro

    great innovation from China.

  • Kathleen Amen

    I have rather serious bridge-phobia issues just looking at these photos…I’d have to be sedated to drive (or, heaven forbid, run) it!

  • Mr Lonely1434u

    its unbeleivable

  • Akeelyajohn

    I can’t believe it  26.4 miles oh my gosh it is  unbeleivable

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