Travel Picks: World's top 10 amazing bridges

Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:11am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Some bridges are a marvel of engineering, yet beyond their practical function they have also inspired musicians, painters and writers.

"Bridges make possible something that is seemingly impossible," said Richard Cleary, author of "Bridges," a study of American structures.

Travel Web site Travel + Leisure has compiled a list of the world's 10 most amazing bridges (here

he-world). This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Langkawi Sky-Bridge, Langkawi, Malaysia

One of the world's highest single-support bridges at the top of Mount Mat Cincang that stands 2,000 feet above sea level, 410 feet long, and less than 6 feet wide. This curved half-moon-shaped pedestrian bridge, built in 2005, grants adventurers 360 degree views of the Langkawi islands and the Andaman Sea.

2. Hangzhou Bay Bridge, across the Qiantang River at the Yangtze River Delta. The longest ocean-crossing bridge in the world at 22 miles long, the rough waters of Hangzhou Bay had to be studied for nearly a decade before plans were drawn. Construction took nearly five years and it opened to the public in May 2008.

3. Leonardo's Bridge, Akershus, Norway

Designed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1502 and constructed by Vebjoern Sand in 2001, this pedestrian and bike arch bridge is considered by scholars to be the first civil engineering project in history based on a da Vinci design, but if it weren't for Norwegian artist Sand's keen eye, the small drawing in the corner of one of da Vinci's notebooks might have remained just an idea. The smaller-scale timber structure (da Vinci had wanted stone) near Oslo is, Sand hopes, the first of many Leonardo bridges around the world.   Continued...

<p>Vehicles move on the Hangzhou Bay Bridge during a trial operation in Ningbo, Zhejiang province May 1, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer</p>