Yangtze River Bridge
The Great Bridge over the Yangtze River
in Nanjing is not only a striking example of post-Revolutionary
art and engineering, but the story behind it is a source
of pride for people throughout China, and especially
those in Nanjing. The Yangtze River at Nanjing is quite
The architecture and decoration of the bridge
is perhaps the most fascinating - it vividly evokes
the enthusiasm and patriotism of the 1960's in China.
The huge piers of the bridge are capped with towers
topped by giant glass sculptures representing red flags
surging forward. Beneath the giant flags stand over-life
size groups of statues Designed in a Socialist Realist
style, the colossal statues show workers, students,
soldiers, and engineers, all armed with their respective
tools and looks of intense determination on their faces.
If you look closely you can even notice one African,
a allusion to the close relationship between 1960's
China and the anti-colonial movements in Africa. Several
hundred magnolia shaped lamps line the bridge, so that
when night walls it looks like a chain of pearls draped
across the inky black of the great river.
Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum
wall of Nanjing