Architecture

Asia’s most
interesting bridges

Celebrating the region's great connectors. Words by ANSHEL MA, illustrations by RYAN CHAN

Beipanjiang Bridge, China

Length: 1.34km

Bridge type: suspension bridge

Year of completion: 2016

The highest bridge in the world sits 564 metres above Beipan River and connects Guizhou and Yunnan provinces.

Danjiang Bridge, Taiwan

Length: 0.92km

Bridge type: cable-stayed bridge

Year of completion: 2020

Zaha Hadid won an international competition to build this structure with a design that relies on a single mast.

Dodhara Chandani Bridge, Nepal

Length: 1.45km

Bridge type: multiple suspension bridges

Year of completion: 2005

One of the longest pedestrian bridges in the country is actually a sequence of four suspension bridges and eight pylons.

Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong

Length: 1.38km

Bridge type: suspension bridge

Year of completion: 1997

Tsing Ma Bridge is the world’s longest suspension bridge combining rail tracks and a road. It features additional lanes on a lower level for use during strong typhoons.

Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, Japan

Length: 4.38km

Bridge type: bridge-tunnel combination

Year of completion: 1997

An artificial island was created at the tunnel and bridge crossover point, where there is a rest area.

Bang Na Expressway, Thailand

Length: 55km

Bridge type: viaduct bridge

Year of completion: 2000

This six-lane elevated highway is the longest road bridge in the world and required 1.8 million cubic metres of concrete.

Mahatma Gandhi Setu, India

Length: 5.75km

Bridge type: girder bridge

Year of completion: 1982

One of the longest river bridges in the world, it crosses India’s holiest river, the Ganges, and carries roughly 85,000 vehicles each day.

Suramadu Bridge, Indonesia

Length: 5.4km

Bridge type: cable-stayed bridge, box girder bridge

Year of completion: 2009

Connecting Surabaya in East Java and Bangkalan on the island of Madura, this bridge is the first ever to cross the Madura Strait.

San Juanico Bridge, Philippines

Length: 2.16km

Bridge type: arch-shaped truss bridge

Year of completion: 1973

An architectural feat for its striking design, this bridge was also unscathed by the powerful Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and remained operational during the storm.

Long Bien Bridge, Vietnam

Length: 1.68km

Bridge type: cantilever bridge

Year of completion: 1903

Designed by Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame, this century-old bridge, now dilapidated, recalls Vietnam’s French colonial past.