Hangzhou Bay Bridge (the Fourth Longest Transoceanic Bridge in the World)

By Chris QuanUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the fourth longest transoceanic bridge in the world. It is not only an important channel connecting the south and the center of the Yangtze River Delta but it is also a beautiful attraction.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge Facts

Hangzhou Bay Overview

Hangzhou Bay Bridge spans Hangzhou Bay. Hangzhou Bay is located in the south of Shanghai and ends at the city of Hangzhou.

Hangzhou Bay is a trumpet-shaped bay. It is at the intersection of the Qiantang River and the East China Sea bordered by the province of Zhejiang and the municipality of Shanghai. It connects the cities of Shaoxing in the west, Ningbo in the east, and Jiaxing and Shanghai in the north.

Hangzhou Bay is renowned for enjoying the world's largest tidal bore of up to 9 meters (30 feet) high and traveling at a speed of up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour. It is a good place to watch tides.

The Viewing Platform

There is a viewing platform in the middle of the bridge. It has the vivid name of Land between the Sea and the Sky (海天一洲). It is mainly white and blue, and it looks like a flying eagle.

With a total area of 41,700 square meters, the viewing platform is a comprehensive maritime sightseeing place. It provides tourists with various services, such as sightseeing, catering, accommodation, entertainment, shopping, and a meeting place.

It is divided into two parts: the platform and the sightseeing tower.

The platform has six floors. The third floor is for sightseeing. There is an outdoor viewing area providing 360-degree views of the sea at different times.

The sightseeing tower has 19 floors and reaches a height of 145.6 meters. From the top of the tower, you can see the beauty of the whole of Hangzhou Bay and the bridge.

When night falls, it becomes more brilliant due to the colorful light effects.

Things to Do

Travel Information

Architectural Features

The concept of landscape design was first introduced in the design of Hangzhou Bay Bridge. The design of the bridge refers to the aesthetic concept of the Su Causeway of West Lake and was designed in a loose “S” shape. The whole bridge resembles a huge wave on the sea.

The “S” shape design allows drivers and passengers to enjoy the scenery from different angles. It was also designed like this for safety reasons to withstand typhoons and strong tidal forces.

The guardrail of the bridge is in seven colors and each color covers 5 kilometers. From south to north the colors are, respectively, red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue, and violet. It looks like a rainbow over the sea from a distance.

Nearby Attraction

Xitang Water Town is about 1 hour’s drive to the north of Hangzhou Bay Bridge. Xitang is characterized by old streets and bridges, rivers, boats, and ancient buildings. You can enjoy a leisurely time there.

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