2016 High Bridge Trip Photo Album/Week 2

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2016 China High Bridge Trip Photo Album
Guizhou Province


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The special spans visited during the second week included Qingshuihe, Balinghe, Beipanjiang Qinglong Railway, Yachi expressway, Puli, Dimuhe and Beipanjiang Duge Bridges.


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With a main span of 1,130 meters, the giant Qingshuihe Bridge has the longest span of any bridge in Guizhou Province. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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The 60 meter high Qingshuihe strut frame truss crossing is a rare style of bridge to see in China. Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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The two tallest buildings in Guiyang have giant LED signs on the surface. Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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The Xixihe Railway Bridge is one of the highest of China's high speed railway bridges with a concrete filled steel rib span 256 meters above the river. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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With a main span of 436 meters, the high speed Yachi Railway Bridge is an amazing site to come across deep in the mountains of central Guizhou. The two 183 meter tall highline towers are the tallest ever built for the construction of a bridge. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by John Brignoli.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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The Yachi expressway Bridge is the largest span high level cable stayed span ever built with a distance of 800 meters between towers. The deck is more then 300 meters above the surface of the reservoir. Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by John Brignoli.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by John Brignoli.


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Dimuhe is not as large as some of Guizhou’s other, more famous suspension bridges but the height of 360 meters is among the 10 highest suspension bridges in the world. Image by John Brignoli.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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The Beipanjiang Duge Bridge was the highlight of the trip. With a deck to river drop of 565 meters, the giant cable stayed span is the highest in the world. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by John Brignoli.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Our beautiful Buick mini-van held up well during the 2-week adventure. Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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Image by John Brignoli.


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A developer built a series of individual homes on the edge of the Beipan River gorge that you can rent for a weekend vacation. Our day was so overcast we could only imagine how spectacular the view must be. Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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Image by Kouqiang.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by John Brignoli.


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This odd looking glass platform was a surprising site to see among the mountain houses. Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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The beautiful lobby of the Island International Hotel in Shuicheng, Guizhou. Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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Image by John Brignoli.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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No trip to china would be complete without a stop at the laundromat. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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The small town of Puli in Yunnan Province. Image by John Brignoli.


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Our nice lunch included a fine dish of Donkey meat. Image by John Brignoli.


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Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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Puli Bridge is unique for having a a solid steel box deck that is much thinner then a more conventional truss. The main span of 628 meters is 485 meters high making Puli Bridge the second highest suspension bridge in the world. Image by John Brignoli.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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The drive back to our Shuicheng Hotel was delayed for several hours by this truck that broke down on the road between Puli and Duge towns. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Balinge is the first giant span high level bridge built in China opening in 2009 with a truss deck 370 meters high. A beautiful new tourist visitors center is due to open in 2017 with an elevator ride up to the inside of the steel truss catwalk. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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The Bungy Japan group joined us for our last day of bridge touring. Image by Ben Usagani.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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Image by Eric Sakowski.


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The elevator up to the Balinghe Bridge truss was closed during our visit. Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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Finally opened in December of 2016, the record breaking concrete arch span of the Beipanjiang Qinglong Railway Bridge carries 2 high speed lines between Guiyang and Kunming. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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A group of Russians arrives at our Shuicheng Hotel to continue on to the nearby Siduhe Bridge in Hubei Province for some world record rope jumps. Image by Eric Sakowski.


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The final day of the trip offered a rare moment of sunshine. Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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What could be better then pizza and beer for the final meal of the trip! Image by Rachel Brignoli.


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