Wuhan: a city of bridges
Date：2017-09-16 12:54:03 Source：Changjiang Daily
In 1957, China's first bridge across the Yangtze River, the Yangtze River Bridge No.1, was built, finally connecting the two banks of the Yangtze River. 60 years have passed, and in that time, Wuhan has become a city of bridges.
If you were to board a ship at a wharf in Junshan and head downriver, you would see eight bridges; in the order in which they would appear, there are the Junshan Yangtze River Bridge, Baishazhou Yangtze River Bridge, Yingwuzhou Bridge, Yangtze River Bridge No.1, Yangtze River Bridge No.2, Erqi Bridge, Tianxingzhou Yangtze River Bridge, and Yangluo Yangtze River Bridge. Their external features and characteristics vary greatly; some are grand industrial accomplishments, while others have a more elegant look about them.
A picturesque scene of Wuhan composed of blue sky, Yangtze River, and bridges
Yangtze River Bridge No.1, which connects Tortoise Hill and Snake Hill located on opposite sides of the Yangtze, is the oldest of the eight bridges. It was the first bridge to be built across the great Yangtze River after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and it was the first road-cum-rail bridge to be built in China. Because it is well-built, this bridge has stood the test of time, even though more than 70 ships have crashed into it during the past 60 years. Yangtze River Bridge No.2 was China's first cable-stayed bridge. Spanning 4,657 meters in length, Tianxingzhou Yangtze River Bridge is the longest bridge in Wuhan, and it has the largest loading capacity, 20,000 tons. With its curved cables and bright orange deck and piers, Yingwuzhou Bridge is said to be Wuhan's most beautiful bridge. Once completed by the end of this year, it will be the world's longest four-span suspension bridge.
The year of 2014 witnessed the construction of three new bridges over the Yangtze River in Wuhan.
Bridges in Wuhan have become attractions for tourists. A member of the site office for the Yingwuzhou Bridge construction project said that every day, many photographers come to take photos, and many couples have their wedding pictures taken with a bridge in the background. Huang Jingnan, a professor at Wuhan University, believes that the bridges should be included as scenic spots in the "Two Rivers Tour" and that the Two River Cruise Company should create a bridge tour.
A couple taking photos beside Yingwuzhou Bridge