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Yangtze River Bridge

Yangtze River Bridge, Nanjing
Yangtze River Bridge

The Yangtze River Bridge is a source of great pride for the Communists because of the history of its construction. The Russians had initially designed the Yangtze River Bridge in the late 1950s. However, in 1960, the honeymoon between China and the Soviet Union ended due to ideological differences. The Russians left in a huff, taking the blueprints for many Chinese projects with them.

The Yangtze River Bridge plans were among those taken back to Moscow, but the Chinese managed to design and build the double-decker bridge on their own. Today, the bridge remains Completed in 1968, the railway tracts in the lower part of this double-decked bridge are 6,772 metres long while the highway section above is 4,589 metres long. The main section of the bridge is supported by nine piers with a span of 160 metres between each two piers. The 22 twin-arched highway approaches are built in traditional Chinese architectural style.

The bridge is one of the longest in China, with a 4500 meter-long road on top and a 6700 meter-long railway line below. A stone statue at the entrance to the bridge captures the Communist Party of the 60s: workers, peasants, soldiers, cadres and students, stand together, united. They lean forward into the glorious future with sickles, hammers, bayonets, flags, and Chairman Mao's Little Red Book. Each of the three red flags proclaim a communist slogan of the time: tow the General Line, take the Great Leap Forward and join the People's Commune.

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