Im­pres­sive Bridges

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Zhang Hong­peng Edited by Justin Davis Pho­tos by Li Rui, Sang Yi, Vial­itchanka Yury (Be­larus), Yang Cheng, Zhao Dechun and cour­tesy of the Pub­lic­ity De­part­ment of Beijing Tongzhou Dis­trict Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China

Beijing fea­tures count­less bridges, which have wit­nessed the city's de­vel­op­ment and changes.

Asong called “Beijing's Bridges” is very pop­u­lar with Beijing lo­cals. It men­tions count­less bridges in the cap­i­tal city such as the Jin'aoyudong Bridge be­tween Zhong­hai and Bei­hai lakes, the Seven­teen-arch Bridge at the Sum­mer Palace, the Jin­shui Bridge span­ning the moat of the For­bid­den City, the Lu­gou Bridge with its stone lions, foot­bridges over high­ways and mush­room­ing fly­overs.

It is dif­fi­cult to count the num­ber of bridges in Beijing, some of which have a long his­tory and have wit­nessed ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in the city. Beijing's peo­ple have also cre­ated a har­mo­nious and live­able en­vi­ron­ment. The Lu­gou Bridge is the old­est bridge in Beijing. It fea­tures var­i­ous life­like carv­ings of stone lions on 140 balus­ters along its rail­ings. Ac­cord­ing to records, there used to be 627 lions on the bridge, but only 501 cur­rently re­main. Many newly-built bridges have mush­roomed in the city. There has been an in­crease in parks and green spa­ces in the city, which serve nearby res­i­dents and of­ten fea­ture var­i­ous small bridges. Beijing's bridges im­prove its scenery, the qual­ity of life that it of­fers and its pros­per­ity and vi­tal­ity.

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