A fallen tree is the very first bridge. Historians stated that the invention of bridges came when people saw how a fallen tree could help them cross through shallow waters.
Since then, bridges have evolved into sophisticated, awe-inspiring piece of architecture that withstands the tests of time. Let’s take a look at 7 of Asia’s breathtaking bridges that’s worth a second glance.
#1. Eshima Ohashi Bridge – Japan
At first glance, you would think that the Eshima Ohashi Bridge is a super high roller coaster when in fact it is just a bridge with a very steep incline. Strategically designed so that ships can pass underneath, it measures one mile long and stands at an astonishing height of 144 feet.
#2. Khaju Bridge – Iran
One of the oldest bridges in Iran, Khaju bridge was built around 1650 and is made up of two floors. This amazing bridge serves as a dam during summer and spring seasons. The water reserved later is distributed to the city for agricultural purposes. It is also a tourist attraction because of its beauty, surrounding greenery and water.
#3. Eco-Link @ BKE – Singapore
The first ecological bridge in Southeast Asia, the Eco-Link bridge is not for humans but for animals. It connects two nature reserves, the Bukit Timah nature reserve and the Central Catchment nature reserve.
#4. Lucky Knot Bridge – China
Three bridges twisted into one – this steel trussed masterpiece of a bridge crosses Dragon King Harbor River knots and twists like a tangled rope or a shoestring. Moreover, it swoops into an infinite loop, with no apparent endpoint, thus earning the name as the bridge with no beginning and no end.
#5. Hanging Bridge of Ghasa – Nepal
Considered as one of the most treacherous bridges in the world, this hand-woven grass bridge that crosses Apurimac river in Ghasa, is meant to ease the congestion caused by cattle farming.
#6. Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge – China
One of the most famous winds and rain bridges in China, the Chengyang bridge is made with no nails or rivets, only wood dovetailing. In spite of these, the craftsmanship of the people who made it made it so sturdy that it still stands to this day and is still in constant use.
#7. Helix Bridge – Singapore
The stunning Helix bridge in the Marina Bay area in Singapore is a pedestrian bridge that opened in 2010. It shaped like the DNA structure double helix, from which it got its name.
Have you been to any of these bridges?
How to Avoid Road Accidents When Driving Around Big Trucks and Buses
There are safety precautions to keep in mind in order to avoid accidents involving these huge vehicles.
If you’re driving a smaller vehicle and are not very cautious, big trucks and buses can be potential road risks. Because of their build and size, these large vehicles naturally have “large blind spots, long stopping distances, and limited maneuverability,” according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
Fortunately, there are safety precautions you can take in order to avoid mishaps involving these vehicles. Here are 7 simple rules to keep in mind when you’re out there on the road:
1. Avoid Blind Spots
Chichicastenango Cemetery, A Colorful Maya Tribute To The Dearly Departed
The Maya believe that making their departed’s resting place beautiful eases all worries about mortality.
Most people view cemeteries as dark, depressing places where the departed ones are laid to rest. However, the cemetery in a small town in Guatemala is nothing like your regular graveyard. The Chichicastenango Cemetery can be seen even from a distance because of the vividly colored tombstones and mausoleums. After all, the cemetery reflects the residents' K'iche' Maya beliefs that what happens when life ends should be embraced and not feared.
Getting to Chichicastenango is not an easy task. After all, the town is located in the mountainous region at an altitude of 6,447 ft. Nevertheless, tourists travel to the K'iche' Maya town just to see its colorful cemetery. After all, Cementerio General celebrates life after passing on.
It's hard to miss Cementerio General once you reach the town of Chichicastenango
Macau’s Newest Ultra Luxury Hotel Looks Like A Place Straight From Your Dreams
Sweet dreams are made of these.
Macau has long been a mecca of glitz and glamour. Dubbed as the Las Vegas of Asia, it boasts of sprawling casinos and luxury hotels to cater to the wealthy tourists who flock Asia’s well-known gambling hotspot.
One look at the newest ultra-luxury hotel located in the City of Dreams Macau and everyone will agree that it rightfully deserves the name it was given: Morpheus - the Greek god of dreams. This architectural masterpiece is the world’s first aluminum exoskeleton high rise. This extraordinary twin tower structure surely stands out amid Macau’s skyline.
Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, an award-winning architect.