Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge stretched across the Yangtze River
(the largest river in China, ranking the third largest one in the
world) and plays an important role in promoting the communication
between both banks of the Yangtze River. In 1960s, the bridge was
listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘the longest
bridge with dual functions of highway and railway’.
The construction of Nanjing Yangtze Bridge was finished in 1968,
taking eight years. The bridge is the first double-deck combined
bridge solely designed and constructed by Chinese in China. The
main bridge portion of Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge spans 1,557
meters (about 5,108 ft) and the bridge approach measures 3,012
meters (9,882 ft) The upper deck is for highway with 4,589 meters
(15,956 ft) long, and the roadway is 15 meters (49 ft) wide. On the
both sides, there are 2-meter or 6.7-ft wide sidewalks. The lower
deck is for railway with 6,772 meters (22,218 ft) long and 14
meters (46 ft) wide.
The bridge for highway is built with Chinese traditional style of
double-convex arch bridge. There are 200 reliefs made by cast iron
inlayed into the railings of the main bridge portion for highway.
At both ends of the bridge situate two bridge towers with about
10-meter-height sculptures lying in front of them (these sculptures
symbolize labor, peasant, soldier, student and businessman, which
is typical civilization of the Cultural Revolution, a political
movement leaded by Mao Zedong from 1966 to 1976), and each of them
is 70 meters (about 230 ft) high.
Visitors can take elevator to reach the belvedere to have a view
for the vast Yangtze River and the marvelous bridge. In addition,
under the south bridge tower is Daqiao Park with nice landscape.
The bridge has nine piers. The largest one is 85 meters (279 ft)
high and the basal area is about 400 square meters (4,305 square
ft), larger than a basketball court. At night, the bridge is
decorated by 1,048 floodlights, 540 halogen lamps and 150pairs of
street lamps shaped in magnolia flower, which makes the bridge a
string of glowing pearl stretching across the Yangtze River.
How to get there: Visitors can take buses 132, 136, 150, 151 and 159 to the bridge,
and there are bus stops on the bridge.
Ticket Price: the ticket price for Daqiao Park is 7 yuan per person, and that
for visiting bridge towers is 8 yuan per person.First take No.12, 15, 67, 69, 307 Buses to Daqiao Park, then across
the bridge by the buses which is forward to Fukou and Dachang.
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