No­table bridges along Suzhou Creek

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

Lo­cals call this the “garbage bridge” as res­i­dents used to dump rub­bish at a site near the bridge. The waste would then be trans­ported to a wharf be­fore boats shipped it away. Be­fore the bridge was con­structed in 1908, there was a wooden bridge at this same place built in the 1880s and peo­ple now call it “the old garbage bridge”.

First built in 1875, this has been dubbed “Laozha Bridge”, or the old gate bridge, as there used to be an an­cient stone gate at the site. The bridge reached its ser­vice limit in 1962 and was sub­se­quently re­built in 1968. A steel pedes­trian bridge was also built at that time and it is called “Xinzha Bridge”, or the new gate bridge.

In­spired by the Alexan­der III Bridge in Paris and built in the 1950s, this bridge fea­tures four pil­lars at each of its four cor­ners. Sculp­tures of hu­man fig­ures stand atop each of these pil­lars. In 2008, the au­thor­i­ties in Pu­tuo dis­trict, where the bridge is lo­cated, be­gan renovating it to cel­e­brate the up­com­ing Shang­hai World Expo in 2010.

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