Amazing Borders Between Countries

These international borders have a mind-blowing 'look' all their own, and stories to match.


14 Famous Tripoint Borders Around the World - By some accounts, there are currently a total of 157 international border tripoints--places where the borders of three countries come together at a single point. Check out the link to see a few of the more well-known ones, including the quadripoint border of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe (pictured above) or the tripoint border of Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia, marked by a picnic table with each side in a different country (below)!
The Lotus Bridge Between China and Macau - How to switch driving directions when you cross a border into a country where they drive on a different side of the road? The Lotus Bridge (above) is one of the solutions.
Baarle-Nassau/Baarle-Hertog - As the result of numerous medieval treaties, agreements, land-swaps and sales over the centuries, a town in the Netherlands, Baarle-Nassau, has enclaves of the Belguim town of Baarle-Hertog within it. For clarification and the interest of tourists, the complex border is made visible on all streets with iron pins. This way it is always clear whether one is in Belgium (Baarle-Hertog) or in the Netherlands (Baarle-Nassau). This is also visible on the house numbers: the style of house numbers is different in both countries and often one will find the Dutch or Belgian flag next to the number.
Diomede Islands - Though the two islands are only 3.8 km apart, they are separated by the International Date line which also marks the international border between Russia and the United States. Big Diomede is owned by Russia and Little Diomede is owned by the USA. Additionally, Big Diomede is 23 hours ahead of Little Diomede owing to the International Date Line that passes between them, because of this they are sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle, respectively.
India-Pakistan Border - As seen from the International Space Station, the border between India and Pakistan is clearly visible at night as the orange line that looks as if it was drawn on the photo, but is actually the orange security lights along the border.
Teeter Totter Wall at the U.S.-Mexico Border - This award-winning art project "speaks about optimism and about possibility and the future...and that divisiveness actually comes from the minority." See also: Street Artist JR Installs Massive Face of a Child on Mexican Side of US Border Wall and A Collaboratively Painted ‘Mural of Brotherhood’ Stretches for Over a Mile on Mexico’s Border.
Related - There was another Daily Cuppa Go post about borders published a few months ago. You can read that post here: The History of Borders.