Opened on 23rd December 2009, the Balinghe River Bridge carries the Shanghai - Kunming Expressway, a 2,360km road in the Guanling County. The bridge has reduced the time to cross from one valley to the other by just over an hour!
The design is very different from the expected steel box girder deck. Instead an American style steel truss girder deck was used.
Its height above the ground has made it a prime spot for BASE (building, antennae, span and earth or cliff)-jumpers. BASE jumping has become a popular extreme sport and incredibly dangerous. In 2012, the bridge was the venue for the China Bridge Parachuting International Challenge where 15 countries were represented.