A Guide to Chinese Bridges


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Author: Ministry of Communications of the People's Republic of China
Language: Chinese and English bilingual
Published on: 2003-01

In a systematic and comprehensive historical survey of bridges in China, A Guide to Chinese Bridges features over 300 ancient bridges and nearly 1000 modern bridges. On the one hand, the book presents the notable successes of the ancient Chinese; on the other hand,it reflects the rapid progress and brilliant achievements in bridge construction in the later half, especially in the last decade, of the 20th century.
The techniques employed in ancient Chinese bridges, especially the arch bridge represented by Zhaozhou (Anji)bridge, have provided a foundation for the development of the modern Chinese arch bridge. This is exemplified by Chyinese masterworks that match comparable record-breaking spans around the world such as Danhe Bridge in Shanxi Province(stone arch bridge),Wanxian Yangtze Bridge in Chongqing Municipality (reinforced concrete arch bridge)and Yajisha Zhujiang (Pearl River) Bridge in Guangdiong Province (concrete-filled steel-pipe arch bridge).They share a heritage based in the creativity and development of ancient techniques in Chinese arch bridge construction.
While respecting its roots in ancient Chinese bridge construction and design, modern China has also made a point of employing the best construction techniques from other countries, something that helped bring many "rainbows"to the great land of China in the late 20th century. A series of continuous rigid-frame long-span bridges were constructed with prestressing techniques such as the Humen bridge across the Pear river in Humen, Guangdong Province. Nearly 100 cable-stayed bridges and suspension bridges, represented nationwide by the No.2 Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge and Jiangyi Yangtze River Bridge, adopted cable supporting techniques.These major projects combined both Chinese and new world technologies.
In the 21st century in China, more profound development can be expected as highway systems move toward a higher level. Some of the bridge projects in the new century blueprint that will span both river and sea include the Runyang Bridge in Jiangsu Province, Lupu Bridge in shanghai, Donghai Bridge by the Yangtze River estuary, as well as Ngong Shuen Chau (Stonecutters Island)bridge in HongKOng, Sutong Bridge in Jiangsu Province, Kuahai(transmarine)bridge in Hangzhou Bay in Zhejiang Province, Chongming Yuejiang Project in Shanghai and Lingtinyang Bay Project in Guangdong Province. The construction of these gigantic bridges will be a glorious undertaking for all Chinese involved in bridge construction
Another challenge to Chinese bridge-building ingenuity will be in West China-a geographic area with high mountains and deep valleys, complex geological formations and some terrible weather conditions. Already in West China, we have constructed a new type of bridge such as the Jiangjiehe Bridge (truss composite arch bridge)and the Wujiang Bridge (a hybrid bridge combining suspension cable and stayed cable)in Guizhou Province. We believe that in the near future more bridges with more innovative construction-will come to the region with the implementation of the western development strategy.
A guide to Chinese bridges is an overview and summary of Chinese achievements in bridge design and construction up to and including the 20th century. In offering a complete history of Chinese bridges, the book illuminates the common heritage shared by the modern and ancient.
With expectations of a bright future, Chinese involved in bridge design and construction at the dawn of the 21st century-valuing traditional Chinese techniques while absorbing new ideas from all over the world-stand ready to produce even more marvels.

1. Inscription by Mao Zedong
2. Inscription by Deng Xiaoping
3. Inscription by Jiang Zemin
4. Preface
5. Introduction
6. Development of Various Types of Beam Bridges in China
7. Development of Various Types of Arch Bridges in China
8. Development of Various Types of Cable-stayed Bridges in China
9. Development of Various Types of Suspension Bridges in China
10. Distribution Chart of Famous Ancient Bridges in China
11. Distribution Chart of Major Bridges over the Yangtze River
12. Distribution Chart of Major Bridges over the Yellow River
13. Distribution Chart of Crossing-Sea Bridges in China
14. List of Span-lengths of Major-type Bridges in China
15. List of Grand Bridges All over the World
16. Ancient Bridges of China
17. Development of Ancient Bridge Technology in China
18. Pictures of Typical Ancient Bridges in China
19. Modern Bridges of China
20. Development of the Modern Beam Bridge Technology in China
21. Pictures of Modern Beam Bridges in China
22. Steel Beam Bridges
23. Simple-Supported Beam Bridges
24. Cantilever Beam Bridges
25. T-Shaped Rigid Frame Bridges
26. Continuous Beam Bridges
27. Rigid Frame Bridges
28. Grade Seperation Bridges
29. Development of the Modern Arch Bridge Technology in China
30. Pictures of Modern Arch Bridges in China
31. Stone Arch Bridges Concrete Double-curved Arch Bridges
32. Concrete Box and Rib Arch Bridges
33. Concrete Truss arch Bridges
34. concrete Rigid-frame Arch Bridges
35. Concrete Through Tied Arch Bridges
36. Steel Arch Bridges
37. Concrete-filled Steel Pipe Arch Bridges
38. Development of the Cable-stayed bridge Technology in China
39. Pictures of Cable-stayed Bridge in China
40. Development of the Modern Suspension Bridge Technology in China
41. Pictures of Modern Suspension Bridges in China
42. Index of the Bridges with Respect to Their Location (Province)
43. Afterword

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