Traditional Chinese Bridges

A royal wedding procession passes through an arched bridge in Bianliang, the capital city of the North Song Dynasty in today’s Kaifeng, Henan Province.

Arched Bridges

A single-arch bridge in an old waterfront neighbourhood in Suzhou, an ancient city near Shanghai.

A three-arch bridge in the ancient city Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province.

COMMENTS FROM MINDS

Eric
The Romans used the same archways style as it is so strong and long-lasting. Like callosum.

NoBullHere
Hope its stronger than the Chinese dams out there….

All Things Chinese
Roman’s one is a real miracle! The dam is okay … so far. Now we are in the 8th Phrase in the big time circle that is dominated by the agent for Earth qi, so dams and property markets shall not collapse but anything made of water (like icebergs and financial sector) could be in trouble.

Four years late we are going to enter the last stage in the current circle, the eighth phrase, that is dictated by the agent for Fire, while Fire energizes the development of culture. By then we shall be able to have a glimpse of a higher and better human civilization slowing and gradually emerging from far horizon to approach this chaotic jungle world.

A five-arch bridge on Li River in Yunnan province in China’s southwest.

 

A seven-arch bridge that links two water towns located on the two sides of the Great Canal, the oldest and longest manmade river in the world.

Guangji Bridge (广济桥) in the outskirt of Hangzhou was built during the North Song Dynasty nearly a thousand years ago.

An arch bridge leads to nowhere in Jiaxing in east China.

An arch bridge with a curved surface on Daming Lake in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong.

The surface of an arched stone bridge in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province.

The surface of an arched stone bridge in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province.

COMMENTS FROM MINDS

soxfan1957
It appears this would be difficult to traverse.

Eric
Like climbing stairs. I wonder if the two tracks in the middle are for a cart or wagon.

All Things Chinese
The two lines of slabs with flat surface were designed for horse-drawn carts to go through.

Eric
And probably people walk alongside to push as well.

Verandah Bridges

A verandah bridge on an artificial pond in a Suzhou garden residence

A bridge with a veranda and moon gates in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

Peace Bridge in Fujian Province is China’s longest surviving stone bridge built in 1138 during the South Song dynasty.

The bridge, measuring 2070m in length with 361 piers in total, has a pavilion in the middle way, which, provides temporary relief to the passengers from the summer sun or sudden thunderstorms.

A bridge in a mountain village in Chongqing is built with 716 bamboo stalks, without concrete, reinforcing steel bar or bridge pier.

Terrace Bridges

A veranda bridge in Hubei Province after a heavy snowfall.

A bridge with multiple pavilions in Sichuan, near the Leshan Giant Buddha Statues Grottes.

A terrace bridge in Guizhou province in southern China.

An ancient terrace bridge in Anshun, Sichuan Province.
The structure has been recorded by Italian traveller Marco Polo in his book after his visit to China in the 13th century.

A multi-storey terrace bridge in Guangxi province in southern China.

Mobile Bridges

Guangji Bridge (广济桥) in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, is the earliest movable bridge in the world, the first to use open and close technology for tall boats to pass.

Pavilions on the Guangji Bridge, structured in 1171 during the South Song Dynasty.

The removable part of the bridge in the middle section is formed by boats chained together, which can be unchained and moved to the sideways when tall ships need to pass the bridge.

Bridges Withstood Earthquakes

This 400-500-year-old bridge in Sichuan has survived the deadly 2008 earthquake while many decades-old bridges collapsed.

Baoshengqiao bridge in Lushan County, Sichuan, was built in 1983 and has experienced 2 major earthquakes: one in 2008 measuring 8.0 magnitude and another in 2013 measuring 6.6.

In the 2013 earthquake, a rock weighed 250 tons hit the bridge yet caused no structural damage.

1,400-year-old Zhaozhou Bridge, the world’s oldest survival single arch bridge, built by Li Chun during Sui Dynasty (595 – 605) in Hebei.

So far it has survived 8 major earthquakes.

Bridges Over Cliffs

A bridge built to link two clifftops in Taihang Mountains in Hebei Province in northern China.

A brave linkage between two cliffs in China.

A multi-storey terrace bridge between two cliffs, constructed during the Sui Dynasty (581-618) in Hebei Province.

This 63m long bridge was built in 1964 in Sichuan province as part of the Chengdu-Kunming railway.

A Daoist temple and a Buddhist temple on the mountain tops are connected by a bridge in Guizhou Province.

Other Interesting Bridges

This multi-level bridge with an archway was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Longnan County, Jiangxi Province.

This zigzag bridge leads to a teahouse on the pond outside Yu Garden in Shanghai CBD.

The garden residence and the teahouse were built in the turn of the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty.

COMMENTS FROM TWITTER

Nou_luvor_lr
China has an enormous amount of spiritual and philosophical wisdom to offer the World.

All Things Chinese
China is destined to play a key role in creating a more civilized human world on earth. Any individuals or groups (like corporate US ruling elites and their propaganda machine) who oppose this unstoppable tread will find themselves standing on the wrong side of history.

An arch bridge and two skyscrapers in Hangzhou.

In 1989, a group of bronze cattle and cattle herders were unearthed in Yellow Rive in Puzhou, Shanxi Province.

The researches found they were inserted in the river bed in 724 during the Tang Dynasty when renovated an old bridge. Four bronze cattle along with four bronze herders, as well as 39 bronze columns, were serving as the anchors to support the suspended bridge structure.

Amazingly, after more than 1,000 years submerged in water, the bronze articles have not rusted at all.

COMMENTS

25 March 2018

David Crosswell
There’s no iron in the makeup of bronze.

There might be some minor surface corrosion, because of the copper content, but that would only be from what air was in the water. The water would protect them from the air, which is where corrosion comes from. Corrosion comes from oxidation. If they were buried in the mud, that would be even better.

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