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The Luding Bridge in Sichuan

It is over the Dadu River to the west of Luding County in Sichuan Province in southwest China. The construction of this suspended cable bridge started in 1705 or the 44th year of the Kangxi reign of the Qing Dynasty and was completed five years later. The bridge is 101 meters long and three meters wide, The bridge floor is 14.5 meters above the lower water level. It is supported by 13 iron chains nine horizontal ones connected with the two has been an important passage linking Sichuan with the Sichuan

On May 29, 1935, the Chinese Workers and Peasants Red Army arrived here during its Long March. Its 22-member advance team climbed forward along this chain bridge under the gun fife and eliminated the defensive enemy. Alter the team controlled the bridge the Red Army forces crossed the Dadu River and threw off the chasing KMT troops. The Red Army forces created miracles in Chinese military history, Since then the Luding Bridge has become known in the world. Today it is one of the famous tourist destinations of China.

The Five-Pavilion Bridge in Yangzhou

Across the Lesser West Lake in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province hi east China, this bridge was built in 1757 or the 22nd year of the Qianlong reign of the Qing Dynasty by the salt businessmen for welcoming Emperor Qianlong. For five pavilions on it, the bridge has its name. A bird’s-eye view shows the five pavilions on the bridge look like a lotus, So the bridge is called the Lotus Bridge too. Today it is a new symbol of Yangzhou.

The Five Pavilion Bridge is 55.3 meters long. Having stone steps on both ends, the bridge has 12 stone piers and 15 arches of three kinds. The longest span is 7.13 meters long. The five pavilions on the bridge are linked together by rooted short passages. The square central pavilion has double eaves, a the pavilion roof and four upturned comers. The square lower part of these beautiful pavilions represents the square earth and the round top symbolizes the round sky. These five pavilions have yellow tiles, red pillars and white balustrades. The colorful caisson ceiling of the pavilions is elegant. In the night, the reflections of the bridge and the moon in the water constitute a wonderful scene. Some people call the piers as brave soldiers mad pavilions as beautiful girls. So the bridge represents a harmonious combination of power and beauty and magnificence and delicacy. It is a miracle in the Chinese architecture of bridges.

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