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10 Scariest Bridges in the World 2017

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1. Kuandinsky Bridge, Kuanda, Russia

There are many factors contributing to the dangers of crossing Russia’s Kuandinsky Bridge. The bridge has not seen repairs since it was built 30 years ago, leading to much damage along the wooden structure, The Daily Mail reported. It is intimidatingly narrow and without guardrails, leaving little room for error on the driver’s part, especially during the frequent snowy and icy weather.

Though it is officially closed to the public, this doesn’t stop daredevils from risking it on the notoriously scary crossing. The brave adventurers often have to patch up the route themselves during the trek, according to Russian blogger Sergey Doyla, who has crossed the Kuandinsky Bridge himself. Drivers are advised to drive with their windows open to prevent intense winds from knocking their vehcle into the freezing River Vitim below.
2. The Vine Bridges of Iya Valley, Japan

Located in the remote West Iya Valley, one of Japan’s three “hidden” valleys, are a series of vine bridges. While no one is sure who first created the vine bridges, they have existed in the valley for hundreds of years, with some historians dating them back to the 1100s, according to Atlas Obsura.  At one point, it is believed that the the valley was home to as many as 13 vine bridges, and at the time the bridges were created simply from Wisteria vines woven together and thin wooden planks with 8- to 12-inch gaps between them.

Today, three vine bridges remain, thanks to the work of local artisans to keep them alive, and though they retain their original aesthetic, the bridges have been reinforced with steel cables beneath the vines, and have been rebuilt every three years with wooden planks spaced every seven inches. The largest remaining vine bridges is the Iya Kazurabashi Bridge. Still, crossing the bridge is not for the faint of heart – there is still a 45-foot drop to the river and each footstep is accompanied by a swaying sensation as you cross the bridge.

3. Glass Skywalk, Tianmenshan National Forest Park, China

Spanning two cliffs and stretching1,410 feet over a 984-foot vertical drop, the glass skywalk at China’s Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Park is the world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge. Competed on December 3, 2015 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province of China, was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, who is also behind Expo 2010 Shanghai’s Israel Pavilion, according to CNN. 

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is known for its spectacular rock formations, including the 3,544-ft “Southern Sky Column,” which inspired the fictional world of “Pandora” in James Cameron’s blockbuster film “Avatar.”

4. Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan

Bridge or “roller coaster?” The Eshima Ohashi Bridge, a concrete road bridge, spans a mile across Lake Nakaumi in Japan, linking the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. But what gives it a thrill-ride factor is the fact that it rises so ships can pass underneath, according to the Daily Mail. It has a gradient of 6.1 per cent on the Shimane Prefecture side and 5.1 per cent on the Tottori Prefecture side. But looks can also be deceiving. When seen from a distance at its side, from start to finish, the bridge actually reveals a gradual incline, not the sharp 45-degree angle it appears on photos, according to the New York Daily News.

5. Suspension Glass Bridge, Shiniuzhui National Geological Park, China

Visitors can now feel as if they’re floating right above the valley with a walk across the glass susspension bridge on the Shiniuzhui National Geological Park in Pingjiang County in southern China’s Hunan Province. This new bridge just opened on Thursday, September 24, 2015; it stretches 984 feet long and is suspended 590 feet above the valley floor.

6. Longjiang Suspension Bridge, Baoshan City, Yunnan Province, China

The suspension bridge over Longjiang River in Baoshan City in China’s Yunnan Province is still under construction (it’s scheduled to open in June 2016) but it already looks terrifying. When completed, the bridge will hover a heart-stopping 920 feet over the river valley below and will be the longest (it will measure 8,100 feet long) suspension bridge built between two mountains in Asia, according to People’s Daily Online. The new bridge will connect the cities of Baoshan and Tengchong and its central span (the distance between the two main towers) will measure 3,924 feet—only slightly shorter than that of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, according to The Daily Mail.

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