Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
Nanjing has seen its shares of ups and downs; from an imperial capital to the capital of the Taiping Rebellion in Chinese history and later became capital of the Republic of China. Sights telling the story of China's past and memorials to the events that shaped modern China are strewn all over this pleasant city.
The Yangtze River Bridge is the pride of modern Nanjing. The 4.5km-long bridge is a key point for traffic between north and south China and a well-known scenic spot in Nanjing. Carrying about 80,000 vehicles as well as 200 trains per day, it has become the third bridge over the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze River Bridge. Work on the bridge commenced in 1961 and was finished in 1968. It was later heralded as "the longest bridge of dual function of highway and railway" by the Guinness Book of World Records later on in the 1960s. A ferry link was used to cross the mighty river prior to its construction.
There are two pairs of bridgeheads at each end of the bridge. At 70 metres high, each bridgehead has three red flags, with statues of people behind each of them. These statues stand ten metres high and are dedicated to peasants and soldiers, which represent the five parts of Chinese society at that time; agriculture, industry, science, business men and soliders with the typical cultural revolution style.
Both sides of The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge are decorated with artworks of sunflowers, scenery, and sculptures.