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.