2013 High Bridge Trip Photo Album/Week 3

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2013 China High Bridge Trip Photo Album
Guizhou and Yunnan Provinces


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The special spans visited during the third week included Balinghe, Dimuhe, Beipanjiang 2003, Beipanjiang 2009, Beipanjiang High Speed Railway, Beipanjiang 2016, Liuchonghe, Xixi, Luojiaohe, Yanjinhe, Liuguanghe, Wujiang, Hutiaohe and Zhuchanghe Bridges. We also toured the famous Zunyi conference building.


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There was no better way to kick off the 3rd week then our tour of Balinghe Bridge, the longest and highest in Guizhou Province. A group of CCTV producers met us at the bridge to talk about the possibility of doing a world record bungee jump from the bridge for an episode of the China Guinness TV show. Although the bungee attempt has been put on hold we had a pleasant afternoon with Guizhou highway leader Zhou Ping and producers Wang Wei, Pia and Gao MingZe. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Bruce speaks with Zhou Ping and Pia. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Pia and Zhou Ping enjoy the view from the 370 meter high Balinghe Bridge. Zhou Ping is one of the central highway construction leaders who oversees several billion dollars of new expressways in Liupanshui County, Guizhou. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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We were all amazed by the cavernous Balinghe truss which is 10 meters deep. Image by Richard Scott.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Due for completion in 2014, the new Balinghe visitors center will allow tourists to take an elevator up the east tower for a walk inside the giant truss. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The west end of the Balinghe Bridge truss. Image by Richard Scott.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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CCTV assistant Gao MingZe poses in front of the 1088 meter main span of Balinghe. Image by Bruce Lee.


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Lunch near the famou Huangguoshu waterfalls. Image by Richard Scott.


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I saved the Maotai wine bottle from lunch. Maotai is the most famous liquor in China and is the only alcoholic beverage presented as an official gift by Chinese embassies in foreign countries and regions. The expensive drink is produced in Renhuai, a city in Guizhou we visited several days later in the trip. Image by Richard Scott.


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A statue on the pathway leading to the Huangguoshu waterfalls. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Reported to be the largest waterfall in China, the Huangguoshu falls measure 78 meters tall by 101 meters wide. Image by Richard Scott.


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There are many walkways and stairs and even a footbridge within the Huangguoshou gorge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A pathway winds around the canyon to the backside of the falls. Image by Richard Scott.


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A constant mist keeps the hillside foliage thick and green. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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There is a beautiful cave hidden behind the falls. Image by Bruce Lee.


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A second set of waterfalls drop another 5 meters. Image by Bruce Lee.


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This suspension footbridge allows guests to cross back over the river. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Highway leader Zhou Ping brought us all to a special restaurant where the food is cooked at the table on hot plates. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by John Morrison.


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Our second big tour of Guizhou Province was across the gargantuan Dimuhe footbridge that was constructed to allow workers to access the north slope where construction is underway on the new G56 Dimuhe suspension bridge. The chicken-wire span is 300 meters above the reservoir surface and has a main span of 510 meters - even longer then the Brooklyn Bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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We had a little rain at the beginning of the walk but luckily it stopped a few minutes later. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Dimuhe footbridge actually crosses a shallow reservoir created from a dam 2.5 kilometers downstream of the crossing. Image by Bruce Lee.


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A crane can be seen where the south tower of the Dimuhe suspension bridge is under construction. The 4-lane suspension truss span of 538 meters will cross more then 300 meters above the reservoir. Expect an opening in early 2016. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Richard Scott.


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A view of the footbridge from the north slope. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Dimuhe Bridge worker.


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The Sancha River 300 meters below Bruce's feet. Image by Bruce Lee.


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The Dimuhe footbridge as seen from the south tower of the highway suspension bridge. Image by John Morrison.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Dimuhe north slope footbridge anchorage. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The foundation of the Southwest Dimuhe tower was nearly complete. Image by John Morrison.


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The Dimuhe Bridge headquarters welcomed us for lunch and a video presentation. Image by Richard Scott.


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The north tower is nearly twice as tall as the south tower. Image by CCCC.


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Image by CCCC.


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Image by CCCC.


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An accident along the road from Dimuhe Bridge to Liupanshui City. Image by John Morrison.


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Our second bridge tour of the day was at the tower site construction of the new Beipanjiang 2016 cable stayed bridge that will carry the G56 expressway more then 500 meters above the Beipan River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The massive east tower will rise to 269 meters making Beipanjiang 2016 Bridge the world's 10th tallest bridge as well as the world's highest bridge of any kind ever built. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view of the east tower construction area across the canyon in Yunnan Province. The main span of 720 meters will rank it among the world's 15 longest cable stayed structures and first among truss deck cable stayed bridges. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The depth of the Beipan River gorge is hard to see from the upper slopes. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Beipanjiang 2003 suspension bridge was once the highest in the world and still ranks among the most scenic with a thin 1.5 meter deck crossing 366 meters above the original level of the Beipan River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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There is always a group of tourists visiting the 2-lane bridge which has walkways on both sides. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A drainage hole in the road deck. Image by Richard Scott.


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A view of the Beipan river gorge. Water from the Beipan flows south, eventually emptying into the South China Sea near Macau and Hong Kong. Image by Richard Scott.


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A steel wind barrier covers the edge of the concrete deck. Image by John Morrison.


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The concrete underside of the Beipanjiang 2003 Bridge. Image by Richard Scott.


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The Beipanjiang 2009 Bridge is the 3rd of 4 bridges we visited that cross high above the Beipanjing River. Image by Richard Scott.


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The 4-lane bridge has a span of 636 meters and carries the G60 expressway 318 meters above a dry region of the Beipanjiang River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Our fourth and final Beipanjiang Bridge visit was to the spectacular new Beipanjiang High Speed Railway Bridge. The concrete arch will be the largest of its type in the world with a clear span of 445 meters. The twin track rail line will cross 283 meters above the river making it the highest railway bridge on earth! Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A new pipeline bridge across the Bei Pan River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A highline more then 300 meters above the canyon is used to lower the arch sections into place. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Steel tube truss staging area. Image by Richard Scott.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Several of the steel arch truss pieces were placed in the river, awaiting their turn to be lifted into place. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A shed protects a local road along the western edge of the river canyon. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The truss staging platform on the edge of the east slope. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Catenary suspension bridges like the one shown above are very rare outside of China so we decided to drive over this one and take a closer look. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The flexible deck is composed of dozens of bolted steel plates. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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After a rainy drive north of Zhijin City we stopped at this restaurant along national road 209. Lee told us it was a historic stop as the Red Army had also eaten there. We had a fun discussion of politics in China past and present. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Opening in 2013, the giant Sunziyan Bridge carries the Zhijin-Qianxi expressway north across a gorge more then 150 meters deep. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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One of the world's 10 highest bridges, the Liuchonghe Bridge has a central cable stayed span of 438 meters supported on towers 190 and 157.6 meters tall. Image by Bruce Lee.


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Bruce checks out some of the cable dampeners of the Liuchonghe Bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view looking more then 330 meters down to the Liuchong River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Unlike many other expressway bridges in western China, Liuchonghe was built with no safety lanes. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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To get the ultimate bridge photo you often have to suffer through a lot of mud, sweat and tears! Image by Bruce Lee.


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One of two high suspension bridges along the old Guibi highway between Guiyang and Bijie, the Xixi suspension bridge opened in 2001 with a thin 1.5 meter concrete deck. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Xixi Bridge has a main span of 338 meters. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The east tower of Xixi Bridge is much taller then the west tower. Image by John Morrison.


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The Guibi highway is often backed up with traffic from slower moving trucks that cannot easily be passed. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Xixi Bridge crosses over a reservoir from a downstream dam. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Guibi highway is one of the most dangerous in China. Next to the Luojiaohe Bridge there are many car wrecks from head on collisions. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Luojiaohe Bridge is similar to Xixi but with a slightly smaller span length of 268 meters. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Luojiaohe canyon looking north from the bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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All the young people in China seems to have a cell phone. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A monument to scold those who walk across the bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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China has so many single tower cable stayed bridges it can be hard to tell them apart. This one is in in Bijie City. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Downtown Bijie City. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The owner of a Bijie car wash lives inside of this makeshift storage container and bus roof. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Bruce relaxes inside the kitchen and living room. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A new beam bridge carries the G56 more then 150 meters above the Luojiaohe canyon. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The massive Jinsha Viaduct is the largest bridge on the G56 Between Bijie and Zunyi. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Pingzishang beam bridge is located just a few kilometers south of Renhuai on an expressway that opened in 2009. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Known mainly as the home of the Maotai liquor factory, Renhuai is one of the largest cities in Guizhou. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A giant observation tower is shaped like a Maotai drink container and overlooks the Yanjinhe River gorge. Image by Richard Scott.


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The Yanjinhe River gorge with the now closed truss arch bridge in the upper left. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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This wall was built sometime after 2011 to completely block any motorbike or pedestrian traffic from crossing the damaged bridge. A new beam bridge was built in 2007 to bypass the arch. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A couple poses for Richard in front of the original gateway entrance to the arch bridge. Image by Richard Scott.


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The abandoned truss arch sits just a couple hundred meters behind a curved arch dam. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The 2007 Yanjinhe beam bridge is almost obscured in the fog. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Yanjinhe 2007 beam bridge has a central main span of 198 meters. Image by Richard Scott.


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Just upstream of the 2007 beam bridge is the 2009 Maotai Bridge on the Renhuai expressway with a main span of 220 meters. Image by John Morrison.


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Rain passes through a giant cup on the Renhuai expressway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A giant sculpture in the downtown area of Zunyi city, another large Guizhou metropolis. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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This square in downtown Zunyi sits across from a large Wal Mart. Image by Richard Scott.


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Richard was on a quest to find more of the elusive orange cookies! Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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An arch bridge along the main river in Zunyi City. Image by Richard Scott.


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A view of the Wal Mart sign the next morning. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The entrance to the famous Zunyi meeting house. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The building behind us was the location of a famous communist party conference that took place in 1935 during the Long March. Image by Mr. Chen


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One of the rooms in the house made to look as it might have in 1935. Image by Richard Scott.


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A bedroom used by some of the generals. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The courtyard outside the conference house is lined with plaques. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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This was Bruce's first visit to Zunyi. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The gift shop has a lot of Mao memorabilia. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Bruce Lee.


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The gigantic Wujiang Viaduct crosses 173 meters above the city of Wujiang. Image by John Morrison.


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The 1997-built Wujiang suspension/cable stayed bridge was the first span of its type to be built in more then 50 years. In 2016 the new Yavuz Sultan Selim or Bosphorus Bridge will open in Turkey with a similar combination of cable stays and suspension cables. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The main span is 288 meters. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The water in the Wu River always looks very clean, clear and blue. Image by Richard Scott.


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These Oreo cookie knockoffs did not have much frosting in the middle. Image by Richard Scott.


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Another circular cookie, this time with white frosting inside a package showing square chocolate cookies. Image by Richard Scott.


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This large conveyor paralleled the G75 expressway for several kilometers near Xifeng. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Although it is no longer the world's highest bridge, the Liuguanghe is still the world's highest beam bridge with a drop of 297 meters to the Wu River surface. Image by Richard Scott.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view looking downstream towards the Liuguanghe arch bridge just barely visible at the top of the photo. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Our lunch in Liuguanghe with our standard request for salted peanuts. Image by John Morrison.


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The graceful Liuguanhe truss arch that spans more then 90 meters above the Wujiang River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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An upstream view of the Wujiang River gorge towards the Liuguanghe beam bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A Rolls Royce at a rest stop along the G75 expressway. Image by Richard Scott.


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Later in the day we saw another Rolls Royce at the golf course north of Guiyang City. Image by John Morrison.


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The city of Guiyang had so many apartment buildings under construction the landscape looked like something out of an artificial videogame or movie. Image by Richard Scott.


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Image by Richard Scott.


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The new Pianpo beam bridge on another ring road on the north side of Guiyang City. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Pianpo's central span rises more then 100 meters above the lower highway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A few kilometers further south is the 116 meter high Xiaoguanshuiku Viaduct. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Xiaoguanshuiku Bridge looking north. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Another high bridge was under construction for a new Guiyang metro line. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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We went to the Guiyang Dico's restaurant for our final ice cream snack of the trip. Image by Richard Scott.


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Our journey west on the G60 to Kunming carried us over several high beam bridges like this one several kilometers east of the Beipanjiang River. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Our second crossing of the 2009 Beipanjiang Bridge was during much sunnier weather then our first. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The tall piers of the Baishuichong Bridge carry the G60 expressway 125 meters above a wide ravine. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The Hutiaohe Viaduct is one of the largest beam bridges in the world with 4 back to back spans of 235 meters. Image by John Morrison.


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A much lower bridge carries the new Guiyang-Kunming high speed railway line across the Hutiaohe canyon. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The highest beam bridge on the G60 is the Zhuchanghe bridge with a deck height of 224 meters. The piers of the new Guiyang-Kunming high speed railway bridge can be seen lower down in the gorge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Another nice beam bridge on the G60 is the double span Taojiagou Bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Our final lunch of the trip took place in Panxian, a rapidly growing city in western Guizhou. Image by Richard Scott.


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Looks like someone forgot to order the peanuts! Image by Richard Scott.


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Ray poses with his newest girlfriend. Image by Richard Scott.


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Maybe I shouldn't complain about my job back in Los Angeles! Image by Richard Scott.


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By the end of the trip we had all consumed several cases of bottled water. Image by Richard Scott.


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Food tents along the G60 expressway in Yunnan Province. Image by Richard Scott.


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One of the dozens of new viaducts and tunnels on the new Guiyang-Kunming high speed railway. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Kunming City, the capital of Yunnan Province with a population of over 6 million people. Image by Richard Scott.


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Our last night of the trip was in the Fairyland Hotel. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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We all took a long walk around Kunming's beautiful and lively Cuihu Lake Park. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Our last meal at a Kunming Japanese food restaurant. Our trip had finally ended but the memories will last us a lifetime! Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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