Mankind created bridges tens of thousands of years ago to correct the significant, in their opinion, shortcomings of living nature, laid down in it by the Lord God at the design stage. Several logs, a rope-woven suspension bridge or a stone arch were an excellent way to reduce the transport and time costs associated with crossing rivers, cliffs, gorges and ravines. Over time, construction technologies became more and more sophisticated; in addition to arched, cable-stayed, tension, suspended, pontoon and dozens of other types of bridge structures appeared.
Some are ordinary, others, despite the colossal increase in security, are able to make a person crossing this or that obstacle nervous. In our today's material, we will talk about five such adrenaline bridges.
South Korean Cloud Bridge
The mountain peak of Daedongsan is a great place that attracts travelers in a year-round mode. When it is warm, people go, attracted by greenery, in the autumn - a colorful variety of fading foliage, and in winter - snow caps covering the tops of the mountains.
However, despite its popularity, this place has a reputation for being damn dangerous. The bridge, laid over an eight-hundred-meter abyss, only adds colors and sharpness to the impressions. A significant part of the transition is a giant and very steep staircase, and an ordinary person, in order to overcome this rise, needs to part with several million non-regenerating nerve cells.
But the greatest danger is the fog of incredible density standing in the mountains of Korea. For a couple of meters, not a damn thing is visible, and the distinct outlines are lost at a distance of 80-90 centimeters, so that already the knees are hidden by a muddy veil: you walk as if on the clouds.
Ubane in Myanmar
The longest bridge known to scientists, made of wood. In addition, he also bears the title of the oldest. The structure is made of teak wood and is supported by high supports that allow you to pass under the bridge under sail or on a motorboat.
Despite its considerable height, it is not equipped with railings or other fences that make the passage at least a little less dangerous; travelers are forced to overcome almost two kilometers on a flimsy and unreliable wooden deck at an altitude of over ten meters above the water.
In addition to antiquity and boards riddled with water, wind and worms, criminals of all stripes are waiting for travelers.
Geyerlei in Germany
A 351-meter-long suspension bridge is laid between a couple of German villages. It is located at a hundred-meter height, and therefore attracts thrill fans from all over the world. An additional factor is a strong wind blowing in the valley and setting the bridge to oscillate the most unpredictable amplitude.
When there are a lot of people on the deck, it sags a little. Therefore, according to the observations of local residents, only 60% are ultimately ready to overcome this obstacle. The rest are stopped by fear. There is also a bridge of a similar design: it bears the name of Karl Kuonen, its length is 502 meters, one and a half hundred meters longer. But it does not swing - scientific and technological progress and new technologies have made it possible to cope with this side effect.
Living Bridges in India
We are not talking about a single structure, but about almost 75 - this number of bridges of this design, which does not require the use of supports made of steel, timber, ropes or ropes, is located in various parts of the Indian province of Meghalaya.
The only building material that is needed is a rubber tree. It is very accessible, trees grow there at every step and often take root in the air - in the event that they "do not fit" into the folds of the terrain. The construction looks like this: the root is taken, stretched in the right direction, after which the builders wait. After two or three years, a reliable structure is at the service of local residents, which only becomes stronger over the years. For an extremely rainy and hot region, where any metal would have been swallowed up by corrosion in a matter of years, this was the perfect solution. Locals are accustomed, but tourists do not believe the design, made without a single, at least falling, carnation.
Quepos in Costa Rica
It was built by the owners of banana plantations to ensure transport and logistical accessibility of remote areas and speed up the delivery of fresh crops to the port. True, like real capitalists, planters did not care about the safety and comfort of drivers or hikers.
The design is based on mast supports made of iron, seemingly quite reliable. But the flooring is made of thin boards that are not fixed on the base and try to turn out from under the wheels, which seriously interferes with the management of vehicles.
In addition, the bridge does not have a fence, so the bottom of the river at the base is densely littered with junk: not even a year passes, as 20-30 new careless motorists fly there. Even very experienced drivers prefer to go around the bridge, although it is 150 kilometers more.