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The 10 most dangerous bridges in the world

The 10 most dangerous bridges in the world

Suspension bridges, motorway bridges, pedestrian bridges – there are many types of bridges, but which bridges are the most dangerous and where can they be found?

10th place – the “Indoboard Bridge” (Indonesia)

This bridge has to be listed among the top ten most dangerous bridges in the world, because as its name suggests, it is more like an indoboard than a trustworthy way of crossing a raging river. A lot of balance is required here every day because this bridge in Indonesia serves as a way to school for many children every day.

Place 9 – The Ghasa Suspension Bridge (Nepal)

This suspension bridge leads over the Jomsom Sadak gorge and connects a small village with the outside world. It is several hundred meters long and is at a dizzying height. Not only do people cross this bridge every day, but shepherds also drive their cattle over it. As a local, you may have gotten used to these circumstances sooner or later, but tourists need a lot of courage to start their way over this narrow bridge.

8th – Qu’eswachaka suspension bridge (Peru)

The Qu’eswachaka Bridge is a rope bridge that is made every year by hand and is made of braided grass and spans the Río Apurímac, so that residents in the area have a connection to the outside world. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 2013 and, due to its unsafe construction, also one of the 10 most dangerous bridges in the world.

7th – Sarawak Bridge (Malaysia)

This bridge, made of bamboo and thin struts, must never be entered by more than two people at the same time, otherwise it would collapse under the weight. On the left and right there is a kind of railing, also made of bamboo, but when you step on the swaying bridge it becomes immediately clear that this would hardly hold up in case of doubt. Fall between the bamboo sticks, inevitably land in the river below and get to know the local animals.

6th place – Kotmale Oya Bridge (Sri Lanka)

Leading through the impenetrable jungle, this bridge also serves to cross a river. The Kotmale is the fourth largest in his country and leads about 70 kilometers through Sri Lanka. If you fall through the holey boards that make up the bridge, you will be swept away by the torrents of the current. So it is a real adventure to cross this river.

5th place – bridge over the Alps (Austria)

There are also some worrying bridges in Europe that only the bravest people can walk on. This building in Austria may only be entered with a helmet, has tensioned ropes on the left and right, which serve as railings and stable wooden boards form the step surface, but these are much too narrow to offer enough space. The awe-inspiring sight of the mountain peaks below and between you will make you rethink this excursion.

4th – Canopy Walkway (Ghana)

This unusual bridge is located in the Kakum National Park in Ghana and consists only of a wooden beam and a network, which should ensure stability on both sides. Nevertheless, the Canopy Walkway does not inspire confidence, especially since you are on this bridge far above the tree tops of the park and can no longer see the other people among you. When you finally reach the end of the bridge, which is located on a tree trunk around which a kind of platform has been built, you will probably think of a climbing park.

3rd place – suspension bridge over the Baliem river (New Guinea)

Unbelievable but true here is the fact that this bridge runs both horizontally and vertically and therefore represents a real challenge for everyone. The wooden boards, some of which are far apart, can sometimes only be crossed by large steps. So be careful: here you have two options for getting to know the river below you.

Place 2 – Hussaini Bridge (Pakistan)

The boards are crooked, the ropes are loose and look like they are about to tear. Either way, you are dependent on the ropes on the left and right to hold on, otherwise it is not possible to cross this many hundred meter long bridge that runs just above the water.

1st place – tightrope walking over the Mekong (China)

This construction is not so much a bridge, but rather a construction made up of many tight ropes. One rope serves as a footboard, the other hangs over your head to cling to. Do not worry, tourists rarely get lost here, rather it serves many children as a way to school in the morning. This fact makes it the most dangerous bridge number 1.

tightrope walking over the Mekong

Nepal Business

Nepal Business

Business

According to countryaah, Nepal is one of the least industrialized, least urbanized and poorest countries in the world. 75 percent of the working population are employed in agriculture.

The manufacturing industry is very small and mainly located to the Kathmandu valley as well as eastern and middle Tarai. Important sectors are the food industry (for example, sugar refining) and the textile industry. Industrial development is hampered by a very poorly developed infrastructure, modest domestic market, competition from India and the great distance to trade ports. The significant water energy resources are utilized to only a fraction.

Nepal’s economy is dependent on foreign aid, including from neighboring India. An increasingly important source of income is increasing tourism.

  • According to abbreviationfinder, NP is the 2 letter abbreviation for the country of Nepal.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nepal

Agriculture

A large majority of Nepal’s population live as farmers in a rural area overcrowded, either in the valleys of the mountain areas or in the plain of Tarai. Despite several attempts at land reform in recent decades, land ownership is highly concentrated. Farmers’ livelihoods are usually burdened by lease fees and liabilities, which in combination with increased resource utilization, an unpredictable monsoon climate and the absence of transport systems keep productivity down.

The most important crop is rice, which is grown both on the southern plains and on terraces in the mountain areas. Other cereals of importance are maize, wheat and millet. The main forage crops, which are grown almost exclusively in the Tarai, are sugar cane, tobacco and jute.

A serious problem is the ever-increasing risk of severe soil erosion, floods and landslides on the mountain areas’ cultivation land, which is an effect of deforestation, high grazing pressure and terracing in increasingly steep areas.

Forestry

The forest is of great importance to the Nepalese farmer. for grazing, for collecting wood, building materials, fruits and herbs and for hunting. The increased pressure on land resources has led to an over-utilization of the forest with serious ecological consequences, mainly a sharp increase in soil erosion. This could include total deforestation (in industrial felling or burning), heavy slurry (in intensive wood collection) or new, undesirable vegetation (for example, if too high grazing pressure).

The harvest for industry and export is very small compared to that for household needs.

Foreign trade

Nepal has a negative trade balance, which is only partly offset by foreign aid and tourist income. The country is dependent on India, which is partly the dominant trading partner and partly controls Nepal’s communications by sea. Other important trading partners are China and the US.

The main export goods are carpets and clothing, as well as simpler products such as yarn, fabrics and leather. Import goods are mainly oil products, machinery, gold, transport equipment, chemicals and medicines.

Tourism and gastronomy

The number of foreign visitors to Nepal in 2015 was just over 500,000. Most visitors come from India, the UK, the US, China and Japan. Tourist revenues in 2012 amounted to USD 379 million.

The absolute biggest attraction is the Himalayan mountain range with its magnificent scenery. Highly visible from the capital Kathmandu lies Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. The city is the center for most hikers and climbers, but is also an important tourist destination in itself. Other places to visit are Buddha’s birthplace of Lumbini in southern Nepal and the seaside town of Pokhara at the foot of Annapurna mountain.

The food in Nepal has been greatly influenced by Indian cuisine. Traditional Nepali food is fairly uniform with a constantly recurring dish, dhal bhat tarkari. This soup or stew consists of lentils, rice and vegetables, which are only varied by seasoning. Beef is rare for religious reasons, instead water buffalo, chicken and goat are eaten on more festive occasions. For the most part, however, the diet is vegetarian. Ground draft (vegetable soup) or gurr (potato pancakes) is served with chiya (tea with milk, sugar and spices) or beer. Tea can in itself constitute a whole dish, tsampa, if mixed with flour and water or milk. Occasionally, tea with salted yeast butter is served in. Yogurt on buffalo milk (curd) is an important nutritional supplement; mixed with water it becomes a thirst quenching drink (lassi).