New Taipei mayor says Tamkang Bridge will be national landmark

New bridge designed by Zaha Hadid set to be world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric, cable-stayed bridge

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An artist's view of Tamkang Bridge. (Presidential Office photo)

An artist's view of Tamkang Bridge. (Presidential Office photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) plans to make Tamkang Bridge (Danjiang Bridge), which connects the city’s Bali and Tamsui districts, a Taiwanese landmark.

Hou said at a meeting on Wednesday (Aug. 21) that Tamkang Bridge will open in 2024. He added it will be seen by passengers flying in and out of the country and offer beautiful views of the Tamsui sunset, according to Liberty Times.

In the future, the bridge will connect with Shihsanhang Culture Park in Bali and other tourist attractions, Hou said. Water and firework displays launched from platforms on the sea are also on the city’s wishlist.

Hou went on to say that he wants the bridge to become a landmark in Taiwan like the Sydney Harbor Bridge is in Australia. This would attract more people to the area on important holidays and may even replace Taipei 101 as a venue for watching New Year fireworks in northern Taiwan, per Liberty Times.

The new bridge is set to be the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric, cable-stayed bridge. It was designed by the respected architect Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016.