Video of the Day: China opens world's longest bridge over water

Ready for some driving? China's Qingdao Haiwan Bridge, the new world's longest bridge over water (bridges that are longer over land exist) is now officially open to road vehicles. Hope you bring some snacks!

Costing $2.3 billion to construct, the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge was built to cut the traveling time between Qingdao City and its Huangdao district from 40 minutes to 20.

There is somewhat of a discrepancy relating to its length. According to Wikipedia, the bridge measures 26.4 miles long, besting out the previous record-holder, Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain Causeway which is 23.83 miles long. Interestingly enough, China's official news agency, the Xinhua reports that the bridge is 36.48 kilometers, which would put it at about 22.66 miles long, and well under Lake Pontchartrain's record.

We'll update this post when we have its length all sorted out, but in the meantime, check out the calming video of the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge down below. That's not CG, it's real!

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