Back to My Hometown – Part 4
@Guangzi Bridge and Ming city wall

Guangzi Bridge (Chinese: 广济桥; pinyin: Guǎng Jì Qiáo, literally Great Charity Bridge), also known as Siangze Bridge (Chinese: 湘子桥; pinyin: Xiāng Zǐ Qiáo) is situated at east urban Chaozhou, China. It is a key cultural relic site under the state’s protection, and it is renowned as one of the four famous ancient bridges; the other three are the Zhaozhou Bridge, the Luoyang Bridge and the Lugou Bridge. The Hang River has been crossed by the Guangzi Bridge for over 800 years. The old bridge was the first opening bridge in the world.

— wikipedia.org

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Brief Introduction: The Guangzi was originally a boat bridge built in 1170 AD in Southern Song Dynasty with the length of 518 metres (1,700 ft). Later construction of piers and framework started from both banks of the river on which it was moored, and a full 200 years later the Guangzi Bridge, a floating section of 18 supporting wooden boats in between two beamed sections, was completed, just as described in the folk rhyme: “Chaozhou has an attractive bridge supported by 18 boats and 24 piers. (潮州湘桥好风流,十八梭船廿四洲。)” When necessary the floating section can be disconnected for the passage of big boats, an innovation that set a precedent in bridge-building history. There are two iron cows standing at both ends of the bridge, in the hope of protecting the bridge from the flood damage. A feature that makes the bridge particularly outstanding is that its two beamed sections resemble waterside streets with 24 different style pavilions and towers on the 24 piers for doing business, which become a special view on the bridge.
(long reading~isn’t it :mrgreen: )
OK, Here we go ~ 😈
Go through the gate of the Ming city wall~ This city wall is really existed. And it still remained at the old city area. There are three or four gate along this northern part. Well, as a part of cultural properties, the wall and gates are repainted and repaired. So they looked more beautiful and clean.
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Look around on the wall, we can see lots of people waiting to go through the Guangzi Bridge. 😯
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Then we reached the main Gate of the Ming city wall which is just in front of the Guangzi Bridge.
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Wonderful! isn’t it ?
Let’s give the tablet on the top a close-up shot~
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Nice~
Then here we go to the main site, the Guangzi Bridge. Guangzi Bridge is also called Siangze Bridge. Maybe you will wonder why and who is Siangze. In fact, it comes from a legend from hundreds years ago. It said that after Han yu(韩愈)came to administrate Chaozhou, he called his grandnephew Han Siangze(韩湘子) to build a bridge that cross the Han River(韩江). Because it’s very difficult to build a such large bridge at the ancient time. So Han Siangze called up the other seven immortals to help. So in order to remember the contribution of the Eight Immortals(八仙), the people named this bridge as Siangze Bridge.
in distance                                                              closer

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&    closer

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Then you can see the 18 supporting wooden boats in the middle part of the bridge. That’s call ~ 😎
Don’t ask me why we don’t be on the bridge… The reason is that it’s too expensive to pay the fee 😡

Apr 3rd, 2009 | Posted in Tour
  1. Apr 5th, 2009 at 22:35 | #1

    哇,先看完古人所画画卷,再看现今的高清图片,深有感触!

  2. Apr 6th, 2009 at 16:53 | #2

    这是中国哪的风景?好像是西安?真漂亮。

  3. Apr 6th, 2009 at 17:33 | #3

    @我们在一起 – Faint…… I have said that this is my hometown, Chaozhou(潮州)… The paint is display the vision of the bridge at the old age.

  4. galacy
    Apr 6th, 2009 at 18:08 | #4

    you can feel the fascinated of the bridge even when you just stay far from it … cause it’s so special!!!

  5. Apr 7th, 2009 at 21:32 | #5

    It cost me 60 RMB

  6. Apr 7th, 2009 at 21:46 | #6

    @Gyrate – Great! You are rich guy 😈

  7. Apr 22nd, 2009 at 22:37 | #7

    My hometown,Chaozhou! :mrgreen:

  8. Apr 23rd, 2009 at 08:58 | #8

    @Wepoz – Good to see you~ :mrgreen:

  9. joyce
    Apr 28th, 2009 at 06:59 | #9

    notice ur picture date was taken on jan 30!! gosh,i was at chao zhou by tat time man!!!

  10. Apr 28th, 2009 at 07:53 | #10

    @joyce – Jesus Christ, the World is so small. But the Teochiu people are so many :mrgreen:

  11. Oct 22nd, 2009 at 21:10 | #11

    The assertion that language displays little or no redundancy is puzzling. ,

  12. Oct 23rd, 2009 at 19:41 | #12

    Toolboxes are my freedom and independent of my daily hassles. ,

  13. boon
    Oct 23rd, 2009 at 23:41 | #13

    what is the name of this village for hundred years ago . Is it called hai -meung in taechew and now what we called for this village.

  14. Oct 24th, 2009 at 07:47 | #14

    @boon
    Which village? I can’t catch you. 😐

  15. boon
    Oct 24th, 2009 at 22:26 | #15

    Is the village called hai -meung in tae-chew. Truely thanks for your information. my mother was borned over there,right now she passed away but I search for our roots. Sorry I ignored to ask for it.

  16. Oct 24th, 2009 at 22:39 | #16

    @boon
    😎 Good to see you, man. I am glad that it’s useful for you. Maybe the name you mentioned is called “海阳” in Chinese. That’s the old name of Chaozhou long long ago.

  17. iris
    Nov 1st, 2009 at 00:01 | #17

    beautiful~
    i’ll put it into my must list~

  18. pink
    May 10th, 2010 at 21:24 | #18

    happy birthday~~~DC

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