New Yalu River Bridge

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Coordinates: 40°2′8″N 124°22′10″E / 40.03556°N 124.36944°E / 40.03556; 124.36944

New Yalu River Bridge in September 2016.
The New Yalu River Bridge Under Construction. The China side on the left and the Korea side on the far right, in early June 2012.

The New Yalu River Bridge (Chinese: 新鸭绿江大桥) is an unfinished road bridge across the Yalu River between Dandong, Liaoning Province, China, and Sinuiju, North Korea. It is a cable-stayed bridge, 3 km long including the supporting roads.[1]

Construction began in October 2011[2][3] and is mostly complete, but the project is stalled; North Korea has not built any roads connecting to its end of the bridge.[4]


The New Yalu River Bridge was originally slated to be opened in October 2014, but due to delays on the North Korean side, the opening has been postponed indefinitely, as the bridge currently ends in a field outside of Sinuiju, North Korea.[5] The bridge reportedly cost China $350 million USD to build.[6][4]

Intended as a replacement for the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, one of two other bridges in the area, it was to have been opened at the end of November 2015.[2] All the border crossing staff and the tax station are to be transferred to the new bridge when/if it opens.[2] There is very little activity connected with the bridge.[7]

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  1. ^ Yu, Zhang (16 March 2016). "Chinese town on North Korean border faces bleak business prospects". Global Times. 
  2. ^ a b c "新鸭绿江大桥" [New Yalu River Bridge] (in Chinese). Baidu Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  3. ^ New Yalu River Bridge (Hudong Encyclopedia) (in Chinese)
  4. ^ a b Lee, Nathaniel (5 May 2017). "China built a $350 million bridge that ends in a dirt field in North Korea". Business Insider. 
  5. ^ Joseph, Devan; Associated Press (19 November 2014). "China Just Built A Massive $350 Million Bridge That Ends In A Dirt Field In North Korea". Business Insider. 
  6. ^ Talmadge, Eric (17 November 2014). "china's $350m bridge gets scant North Korean welcome". Associated Press – via Aiken Standard. 
  7. ^ Wong, Sue-Lin (11 September 2016). "Bridge to nowhere shows China's failed efforts to engage North Korea". Reuters.