Malinghe Bridge Shankun

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Malinghe Bridge Shankun
汕昆高速马岭河大桥
Xingyi, Guizhou, China
790 feet high / 241 meters high
1,181 foot span / 360 meter span
2011

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One of the most beautiful and scenic waterways in all of China, the remote Maling River gorge slices across a high plateau in Western Guizhou Province near the border with Yunnan. Dozens of waterfalls cascade into the river from cliffs more than 328 feet (100 meters) high. Hiking paths and an elevated walkway descend into the gorge, allowing tourists to view the stunning effects of water erosion. Rock formations that look like mushrooms or tapestries hang over portions of the walkway. In 1994, Maling gorge was declared an official National Scenic Spot. The river is also one of the most popular places in Guizhou province for canoeing, kayaking and rafting.

The first high bridge crossing of the Maling River came when a concrete arch was built 470 feet (143 mtrs) above the surging river. That was followed In 2011 by the even more spectacular G78 Shankun expressway Malinghe cable stayed bridge. Marching across the river plain on a series of unusually tall approaches, the 4-lane highway bridge leaps across the deep river chasm in a single span of 1,181 feet (360 meters). The road deck hangs from two planes of cable stays supported on two A-frame towers. One of the towers was built on the backside of a tall mini-mountain that rises 150 feet (46 mtrs) or so from the surrounding terrain before dropping vertically into the Malinghe River canyon.

There are many hotel accommodations about 6 miles (10 kilometers) away in the rapidly growing city of Xingyi. You can reach Xingyi on a day long bus ride from Yunnan’s capital city of Kunming or Guizhou’s capital city of Guiyang.



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作为全中国最美丽、最秀丽的水路之一,地处偏远的马岭河大峡谷贯穿贵州省在比邻与云南省的高原地域。众多的瀑布从悬崖之上100米以上的高度倾泻而下汇入峡谷。登山路径和高高的栈道深入峡谷之中,让游人们可以一睹水滴石穿的奇迹。貌似蘑菇或者挂毯的岩石矗立在山路上的许多地段。1994年的时候,马岭河大峡谷被认定为国家级风景名胜景区。马岭河还是贵州省最著名的漂流景点之一。

当一座混凝土拱桥建在了奔流的大河之上约143米时,马岭河有了自己的第一座高桥。之后,其上又有了更为雄伟的斜拉桥。在马岭河流域延伸向前建成许多的高高的引桥之后,这座4车道的公路桥以一跨360米跨越深深的峡谷。桥面系由两座A型主塔上的双索面拉索支撑。其中一座主塔位建在一座高、但显然并不稳定山丘之后的地方,这座小山高于在笔直的滑入马岭河大峡谷之前,比附近地面61米左右。

在大桥附近6英里(10公里)不远处的兴义市,有一些宾馆等旅游接待设施。从云南省会昆明或者贵州省会贵阳出发乘车一天,就可抵达兴义。


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The bridge was nearly finished in August of 2011 with only a layer of pavement and the center barrier still missing. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view looking north up the Maling River gorge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view looking 790 feet (241 meters) straight down to the river! Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Roger Perrin stands on the connector midway up the east tower. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The west side approach spans. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view looking south with the arch bridge barely visible in the upper left. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view of the cable stayed bridge from the arch. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A path leads down into the gorge where there are many beautiful waterfalls cascading over 100 meters into the river. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The arch deck is 470 feet (143 meters) high. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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One of 4 footbridges that cross the river in the vicinity of the arch bridge. The walkways were cut into the vertical cliffs on both sides of the canyon. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view of the cable sockets at the top of the east tower. The socket on the far left holds back the longest cable which reaches almost to the center of the span. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The thin wire wrapping around each cable assists in water runoff which reduces cable oscillations that are caused by the rain and wind. The phenomenon has been well documented - especially since cable stayed bridges have grown in size. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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East approach spans. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A new boulevard and skyscrapers in the city of Zunyi can be seen through the smog. All of this was built in the last ten years. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Georges of France and Roger of England enjoy the view from the top of the east tower which is more then 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the river level. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Malinghe Bridge Shankun satellite image.


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Malinghe Bridge One is near the top while Malinghe Bridge Shankun is near the bottom.

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