The new bridge spans Jiaozhou Bay, on the southern coast of China's Shandong Peninsula in northeastern China. At 26.4 miles long, it beats Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain Causeway — the previous world-record holder — by at least 2 miles, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Chinese workers toiled at marathon pace to build the bridge in four years, starting at each side and meeting in the middle. The structure has 5,200 pillars and cost at least $2.3 billion, according to Chinese state-run media.
The Guinness officials say the bridge is earthquake- and typhoon-proof, and designed to withstand the impact of a 300,000-ton vessel. It links the port city of Qingdao to the island of Huangdao, cutting drive time from 40 to 20 minutes, according to the state-run China Daily.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Americans are apparently not giving up the world's longest title without a fight, however. The newspaper talked to Carlton Dufrechou, general manager of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, who pointed out that the Jiaozhou bridge has a bend in it, and that the over-water length is only 16 miles, compared to 24 for his bridge.
"Bunch of wannabes," he said. Read the Times-Pic's piece for his full take, in which he calls the Chinese news "propaganda."
In any case, the bridge looks pretty neat, especially set to this haunting soundtrack. Check out some aerial views below.
[via IB Times]
Yet another way of showing the world that they've got money out their butts. 2.3 Billion to save 20 minutes of commute....
Well, I guess I can say I helped fund it with my made in China goods.
Good for them I guess. In the U.S.this would have probably cost $30 billion between the environmental studies, consultants, lawyers, and government contractors. They should go ahead and invest in all of their infrastructure now while they can do it cheaply than wait until they're in our situation.
Why USA maintains idle 14 million unemployed is beyond reason.
Create projects that generate jobs and the unemployed will make money and contribute to the economy.
Build yourselves stronger hurricane and tornado resistant homes.
Build yourselves agriculture skyscrapers : be the pioneers in doing this.
Build yourselves an hyperspeed train ~ 800 km/h.
You see highermorals, the 'American Dream' isn't to work 12 hour days sweating buckets doing physical labour. It's more like; work 8 hour days in an air condidtioned office demanding far more than you're worth. That's why there's so many unemployed...they can't be bothered to do manual labour. I have friends who are unemployed and any time I show them wanted ads for construction companies (new wind farm is being built 5 miles out of our town) they reply with "that's too hard, I'm looking for something a little easier that pays better". Americans just need to get off their increasingly fat butts and do something 'hard'. Maybe then we can also solve the obesity epidemic as well.
Rebecca, The "haunting soundtrack" goes....
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Grant us peace.
You can search for "Agnus Dei"
@highermorals - Did you even think before you posted that? Where the hell are we going to get the money to pay them for the jobs we just created, or should we just create more money too?
@Sickness Doing something always beats doing nothing ( although doing nothing sometimes is ok).
Having a job always beats unemployment.
The entities that will employ the unemployed will be payed with a bank transfer straight from the Department of Labor.
The entities will be certified so no fraud will take place.
The local governments or the federal government can hand over projects to companies and require them to hire unemployed.
You have to tap the unemployed pool.
What's next for China?!?
Sounds like China is the new America in Post WWII...
The rise of China and the Fall of America...
I hate to seem stereotypical but, do you think they might be compensating for something?
dodgified@ hah lol, probably...
actually the Japanese have the fastest computer now!!!
What country are you from troll!!!
“The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history”
you know what would be more awesome than the longest bridge in the world?
a space friggin' elevator! hells yes!
was that actually a serious project, or just a cool movie idea?
Yes; it cost 2.3 billion. But its not just "to save 20minutes".
Or Rather, it is, but you think in such personal limited terms.
Lets assume you are going at 60mph across that bridge. Lets also assume that China's cars get 20mpg. That saves each individual person one gallon of gas each direction; or two gallons of gas each day. If we assume Chineese gas prices are equivalent to $4.00/gal ( though I think they are higher). Then we see every commuter on the road saving $8 a day.
They are also saving 40minutes a day.
So if we assume 10,000 people use it per day, then that is a savings to the commuters of ~$550,000 per week, or perhaps 2 million a month.
That is also 7,000 hours/day, or 50,000 hours a week saved
Now, with that savings alone, yes it would take 100 years to pay off the bridge. But this is just one of the many ways that such a large cost helps save money over time. Building infrastructure is an investment into the efficiency and production of a community.
Kudos to Brian, well explained +1
"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before.".. Paul Dirac
Good one, Brian, couldn't have put it better myself.
Add to that the community growth on each side of the bridge, due to better accessibility, the number of additional commuter that the bridge allows, and the fact that probably more than 10'000 people a day will use it (we're talking about a huge population, thus a huge number of users), etc.
I think your estimates of 100 to pay off are very conservatives, but +1 all the same!
@mbrd71 you forgot unions, that would drive up the cost for sure.
When will we Americans stop bolstering China's pockets with trillions of dollars, which they use to fund these multi-billion, spit in America's face projects? We owe them how many trillions of dollars? I don't know why our financial geniuses decided to take loans from China of all countries to back our debt. American consumers line their pockets even more because we are in a recession ourselves, and there's little competition for manufactured goods from American companies. China can reduce production costs massively with their slave labor wages, and their government takes more than 50% of their citizens' income. If our economic advisers had a brain, they would have jacked tariffs up on foreign, especially Chinese, imports years ago so that domestic production could compete economically and we could reduce our national deficit. I'd even temporarily support a near-genius monarch with balls in this country so that we could fix the political and financial mess that modern government has caused.
@Kaiheoa that comment about tariffs isn't very G20 of you :-/
@ kaihekoa ; Actually, our tariff situation was nowhere as significant as the blatant refusals to raise the prime rate even though all economic wisdom says that is the surest way to Offset our legitimate debt with China over time. The refusal, Or should I say repeated refusals, along with relaxing banking rules from the Fed to the street, and every level of banking in between. Basically, American taxpayers accepted all bad banking positions from the last decade from everyone but WaMu, the cherry on top of the whipped cream, which was of course what they made off of cracking the whip; all that money from the fall.
"I don't know why our financial geniuses decided to take loans from China of all countries to back our debt."
The creditors of Americas debt have an interest in seeing America succeed.
For instance, if I loan $10K to a local small-business, I want to see that business do great so I can get back $11K (due to interest) from them.
If you and I are rivals, the most peaceful way for me to win is by borrowing money from you.
Hell, the more I borrow, the more invested you are in my success... the less likely you are to nuke me into oblivion ('cause you'd lose all that money).
The more money the U.S. owes China, the more responsible the Chinese are for our economic success (since that's the only way they would ever get their money back).
See how that works? Debt isn't necessarily a bad thing. If we are all indebted to each other, we are all much more likely to play nice and get along and promote each other's success.
China spends money on a really big bridge so now people are b!tching because we are not doing something similar? What part of trillion dollar dept do people not get? China can afford such a project (with our money).
To start a similar project here would not only be more expensive because of labor (we Americans aren't cheap, but you get what you pay for) and regulations (it has to be a safe bridge because - again - we Americans are not cheap), but we would be spending money we don't have.
Americans don't realize that the money they make everyday at work is not their money, its borrowed, and someone is going to have to pay it back. But hey, keep funding abortions and gay "rights". We got to spend that borrowed money on something right?
Tax the rich. They can afford it.
Just you wait. They'll get to the moon long before the U.S. gets there again.
The children of the creators of a great nation get to watch it succumb to the rising power of another.
Snooty rich kids can't be snooty without the money or the pull. Guess more people are going to have to let go of the prosperity concept, and get use to just getting by. Looks like it's someone else's turn to develop a generation of rich snooty descendants. Every great society throughout history seems to hit this cycle.
Although China is doing all this "innovative" stuff, it is an overcrowded, hellhole of a country. It's filled with way to many people and is full of disease and is dirty. America needs to raise its standards and do something NOW, though. China is just trying to have a "rub in our faces kind of attitude." We're America. We're the bold, the brave, and the innovative.
its not a competition. china isn't a person. some city planner over there wanted a big bridge, becuase they're cool. so he hired a firm and it got built. it is not a pissing contest. relax.
lol... last month our prime minister has digested 200 billion $ in coal scam...equivalent to 100 longest sea bridge..