Known as "China's first bridge", the Zhaozhou Bridge is located in Zhao county, Hebei province. It was constructed by stonemason Li Chun of Sui Dynasty 1,400 years ago. It is the oldest bridge in the world.
Luding Bridge, in Sichuan province, is a spectacular chain suspension bridge that crosses the Dadu River. The bridge is the oldest chain suspension bridge in China and was built in 1706, during China’s Qing dynasty. The chains of this bridge are over 400 feet long and weigh nearly 2 tons each. This bridge became famous during China’s revolution when the Red Army crossed it, having no other available route, to escape the approaching enemy army, an incident which was commemorated by a poem written by Mao Zedong himself.
Located in Wuyuan, Jiangxi province, the Rainbow Bridge was constructed in Song dynasty more than 800 years ago. The 140 meter-long bridge has five apertures and four piers.
“Rainbow” bridges, such as the one that occupies the dramatic center of the Beijing qingming scroll, are so called because of the way in which the bridge arches, resembling a rainbow. The bridge pictured is an elaborate wooden bridge that spans the river and offers room for peddlers to show their wares to the pedestrians crossing from one side of the river to the other.
Dragon bridge is located in Yulong Village in Yangshuo country, and an easy bicycle ride from the town of Yangshuo. Dragon bridge was built during the Ming dynasty and spans the Yulong river. Like many ancient Chinese bridges, the Dragon Bridge is a stone arch moon bridge, and set against the backdrop of Yangshuo’s beautiful karst peaks, the Dragon Bridge cuts a stunning, picture postcard silhouette.
Guangji Bridge, also known as Xiangzi Bridge, is an ancient bridge across the Han River in Chaozhou, Guangdong province, China. It is renowned as one of the country’s four famous ancient bridges, the other three are the Zhaozhou Bridge, the Lugou Bridge and Luoyang Bridge. It is said that if you went to Chaozhou and did not visit the bridge, your visit to Chaozhou was worthless.
The Bishui Bridge is a small stone arch bridge in Qufu, Shandong province, a small town mostly known for being the birthplace of Confucius. The Bishui bridge was constructed during the Ming Dynasty, and is located inside of the Confucius temple, which is even older, having been built during the 5th century C.E. Although Qufu is a small town, the presence of the Confucius temple makes it a popular tourist destination, and this bridge, with the small stream flowing underneath and carvings along the sides, is a highlight of the temple.