Introducing Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, previously called the First Nanjing Yangtze Bridge, started construction in 1960 and was open to traffic in 1968. It was the third bridge over the Yangtze after the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze River Bridge. This remarkable bridge supports 80,000 cars a day and around 200 trains, which make it a key traffic node in eastern China. Many people walk across the bridge and it has become a popular tourist site being listed as one of the top forty scenic spots of Nanjing.
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Nan Jing Chang Jiang Da Qiao 南京长江大桥
• Best Time to Visit: All Year
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 1 to 2 hours
• Things to Do: Photography and Architecture
• Opening Hours: All Day
• Entrance Fee: Free
• Address: Over Yangtze River, Across Gulou District and Pukou District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province
What to expect at Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge was the first heavy bridge designed and built using Chinese expertise. It is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge across the Yangtze River in Nanjing, Jiangsu, connecting the city’s Pukou and Gulou districts. Its upper deck is part of China National Highway 104, spanning 4,588 metres (15,052 ft). Its lower deck, with a double-track railway, is 6,772 metres (22,218 ft) long, and completes the Beijing–Shanghai railway, which had been divided by the Yangtze for decades. Its right bridge consists of nine piers, with the maximum span of 160 metres (525 ft) and the total length of 1,576 metres (5,171 ft). The bridge carries approximately 80,000 vehicles and 190 trains per day.
There are several statues on the bridge, tribute to the engineers who built it. The sculptures on either side of the bridge symbolize labor, peasant, soldier, student and the businessman. In one of the towers is a grand statue of Mao Zedong, along with different art collected around China. They are about 230 feet high. In the center of the bridge is a fantastic spot to take photos of the Yangtze River and the surround areas. There is also an elevator that can take visitors to the belvedere where they can have a view of the Yangtze River, and the bridge. After visiting the bridge visitors can travel under the south bridge tower to Daqiao Park.
How to get to Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
· Take bus 635 and 695 to Yinxing Square
· Take Metro Line 5 and get off at Fangjiaying Station
Additional travel advice on Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
· It is suggested to visit the bridge at night to see the 150 pairs of lights that shape the Yunlan flower.