Langkawi sky bridge

To overcome obstacles, especially water ones, people often built bridges. Their designs are so diverse that almost everyone has their own flavor, feature and, of course, attractiveness. But sometimes a person's fantasy goes far beyond ordinary pragmatism. And it gives rise to incredible wonders of engineering, among which one of the first can be called the Langkawi Sky Bridge, opened to the public in 2005.

And it gives rise to incredible wonders of engineering, among which one of the first can be called the Langkawi Sky Bridge, opened to the public in 2005

Our planet is replete with natural corners of incredible beauty and attractiveness. And in the northwest of Malaysia there is one of them - the island of Langkawi. The size of the island is nothing - about 30 by 15 km. But there is everything for a wonderful holiday: the purest blue sea, sandy beaches, lush tropical vegetation. And, of course, the mild climate. What else can you add? As it turned out, you can. To enjoy all the beauty of the island and the surrounding sea, the Langkawi Sky Bridge was built, which connected the two peaks of Mount Gunung. And it is located at an altitude of about 650 m above sea level!

Of course, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is not meant for a simple crossing, it is for viewing the surroundings. That is why the bridge has a curved shape and many observation points from which you can see the island and the Andaman Sea, and in good weather, the nearby islands of Thailand.

The Langkawi Sky Bridge is the world's tallest single-support bridge, as it is fixed on a single column 87 m high

The peculiarity of the bridge is its construction, as if soaring in the sky. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is the world's tallest single-support bridge, as it is fixed on a single column 87 m high. The bridge is fastened with eight guy wires to the neighboring rocks. The length of the bridge is 125 m and width 1.8 m. And, although from the side it seems that the bridge is unreliable and the wind is about to tear it into the abyss, this is far from the case - the issue of the safety of the bridge was given the first place in the design and construction. The most modern materials and technologies were used during the construction, the structure of the bridge is equipped with double steel railings and wire mesh below the level of the bridge. However, in bad weather, the Langkawi Bridge is shrouded in clouds, and in a thunderstorm it is forbidden to be on it - the metal structure of the bridge is very vulnerable to lightning strikes. But in this case, alternative routes for the evacuation of tourists have been developed.

But how to climb such a high bridge? This is done by a cable car 2.2 km long. It has two sections - the first from the Oriental Village, located at the foot of the Machinkang Mountain, to the first observation deck, and the second - from this platform to the second platform at an altitude of 712 m above sea level. The total ascent time is about 20 minutes.

Of course, you can still describe the features of both the Langkawi Sky Bridge and the island itself in the Andaman Sea. But it is better to see it live once than to read or view photos a hundred times. We wish our readers from the bottom of our hearts!

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