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Monday, November 10, 2014

CNN Travel picks Bohol footbridge one of World’s Best

Two footbridges in the Philippines made of woven bamboo slats and displaying Filipino resourcefulness have made it to the World’s Most Spectacular Footbridges list by CNN Travel.

Hanging 25 meters (82 feet) above the emerald waters of upper Loboc River, Tigbao Hanging Bridge was originally one footbridge constructed with rope and bamboo and used by the locals to cross the river. Today the ropes have been replaced by steel cables but the deck is still made of woven bamboo. Tourists have flocked to the footbridge in increasing numbers to take on the challenge of the sway, shake and bounce on a flimsy-looking 100-meter long pedestrian bridge system. Local authorities have responded to the increasing visits by adding another footbridge to allow for one way traffic on each bridge.

Tigbao Hanging Bridge in Loboc, Bohol joins Peak Walk by Tissot on Glacier 300 in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, the world’s first peak to peak pedestrian bridge, among other amazing man-made pedestrian bridges such as the Skybridge in Sochi, Russia, Aiguille du Midi Bridge in France, Taman Negara National Park Bridge in Malaysia, Capilano Suspension Bridge in CanadaHanging Bridge of Ghasa in Nepal, Trift Bridge in Switzerland, El Caminito Del Rey in Spain, The Marienbrucke in Germany, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland, Kokone “Yume” Grand Suspension Bridge in Japan, and Highline179 in Austria.
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