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China, Hubei. The bridge built in the middle of a river valley

The bridge will cut down travel time from Xingshan to G42 to just 20 minutes - this was previously around an hour

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An amazing new route opened in Hubei province, central China, on August 9.

Incredible images of the new road shows that drivers are literally travelling over water as the 10km motorway is built in the middle of a river valley.

Hubei bridge, China
According to the project manager of the road Chen Xingda, when the motorway was first proposed in 2013, there were three different possible routes.

The spectacular road connects Xingshan County in Hubei to G42, a high-speed route that connects Shanghai in eastern China to Chengdu in south west China, reported People’s Daily Online.

The road is built on top of a bridge that follows the curve of the river valley.

Hubei Bridge China
Road measures approximately 6.8 miles in length and is built on top of a bridge that follows the river valley

It will cut down travel time from Xingshan to G42 to just 20 minutes. The journey originally took close to an hour along a steep and convoluted road.

Engineers on the project wanted to protect the abundance of plants and woodland in the mountains so decided to build the third route.

Drivers along the route are treated to breathtaking views of the valley as well as the river and nearby villages.

The new route has already been dubbed the ‘over-water highway’.

Hubei Bridge in China
Two of the routes involved digging a tunnel through the mountains in the area. The third was a longer route and involved building on water.

Hubei Bridge China
Drivers along the route are treated to breathtaking views of the valley as well as the river and nearby villages
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