One of the most unusual bridges in the world opens

Chinese culture has no shortage of symbols of luck and good fortune, so it's no wonder NEXT Architects designed a red "Lucky Knot Bridge."

All the way in the Chinese city of Changsha over the Dragon King Harbour River is a 600 feet long and 78 feet high bridge that's setting a high standard for everyday infrastructure. The bridge is covered in the luckiest color in China, that also symbolizes happiness.

Its unusual shape combines the principles behind Chinese knotting, a craft usually made with red rope. In the ancient decorative Chinese folk art, the knot symbolizes luck and prosperity.

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The spectacular design of the Arenal Hanging Bridges bring you as close as you could ever hope to the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the tropical rainforest.

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Arenal Hanging Bridges were made with the intention of assessing the flora and fauna from a different perspective since you go through different levels of the forest. As you walk you will be able to appreciate the great natural diversity of the tropical rainforest.

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Besides connecting the two banks of the river, the bridge is expected to become a symbol of the city with recreational, ecological and tourist-friendly activities. According to NEXT, the unique design is meant to invoke a fusion of art, innovation, history and technology.

The bridge features interesting cutouts, multiple levels which offer different views of the city, and at night an LED show brings the bridge to life.

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