Chinese Bridges

A beautiful bridge spanning one of the gorges upriver from the Yangtze.

A beautiful bridge spanning one of the gorges upriver from the Yangtze.

China has a long history in bridge construction. The oldest bridge still in existence in China is the Anji Bridge constructed during the years between 595 and 605. Everywhere you go in China you see beautiful, functional, and often very new bridges.  The Yangpu Bridge in Shanghai was featured in an earlier post.

I first began to appreciate Chinese bridge building when reading Simon Winchester’s marvellous book about Joseph Needham. called ‘The Man who Loved China.’   Needham was one of the first westerners to recognize China’s scientific and engineering discoveries, most of which preceded western science by decades or even centuries.

When we travelled up the ‘three little gorges’ we passed under a very modern bridge (above and below.)

A closer view

A closer view

Structural detail.

Structural detail.

In Wushan, where our tour of the Three Little Gorges began, was another modern structure.

Another style of bridge, again with red as a prominent design feature.

Another style of bridge, again with red as a prominent design feature.

Bridge on-ramp and tour boats.

Bridge on-ramp and tour boats.

Structural detail.

Structural detail.

Lower down the Yangtze we passed this massive structure. The scale can be appreciated when you realize that there are people in the lower right foreground!

Is this a bridge? Well the overpass behind the orange structure is a type of bridge.

Is this a bridge? Well the overpass behind the orange structure is a type of bridge.

Recently China has been constructed many record breaking bridges.
China is currently home to the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, the world’s longest bridge measuring over 164 kilometres (102 mi).
The Xihoumen Bridge bridge in Zhejiang province is the second longest suspension bridge span.
The Sutong Bridge in the Jiangsu province is the second longest cable-stayed span.
The Sidu River Bridge is the highest bridge in the world.
The Chaotianmen Bridge bridge is the longest arch bridge span.
The longest sea bridge in the world is currently under construction between Macau and Hong Kong.  

A list of China’s bridges is here.

Next post: Urban development above the Three Gorges Dam.

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One comment on “Chinese Bridges

  1. While writing my book, Hong Kong Treasure, I researched a lot about Hong Kong and China. Fascinating place. Loved the pics of the bridges! Thanks

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