Anshun Bridge

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The Anshun Bridge crosses the Jin River in Chengdu

The Anshun Bridge (Chinese: 安顺桥) is a bridge in the provincial capital of Chengdu in Sichuan, China. It crosses the Jin River. The veranda bridge contains a relatively large restaurant and is a popular eating location in the city.

Meaning "Peaceful and Fluent" the bridge was constructed in 2003 as a replacement of the old bridge which was destroyed by a flood in the 1980s. [1]

In the 13th century, Marco Polo wrote about several bridges in China and the Anshun Bridge (or an earlier version of it) was one of them.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chengdu Time
  2. ^ Quian, Jack, Chengdu: A City of Paradise, 2006. Cf. p.109
  3. ^ Marco Polo referred to Chengdu as Sindafu (variously spelled in different editions as "Sin-din-fu". &c.) which was certainly Ch'eng-Tu-Fu (Chengdu), the capital of Sichuan province. Cf. Polo, Chapter XLIV: Concerning the Province and City of Sindafu. See Henry Yule; Henri Cordier (translators and editors), The Travels of Marco Polo, v.2, the complete Yule-Cordier edition. "Let us now speak of a great Bridge which crosses this River within the city. This bridge is of stone; it is seven paces in width and half a mile in length (the river being that much in width as I told you); and all along its length on either side there are columns of marble to bear the roof, for the bridge is roofed over from end to end with timber, and that all richly painted. And on this bridge there are houses in which a great deal of trade and industry is carried on. But these houses are all of wood merely, and they are put up in the morning and taken down in the evening. Also there stands upon the bridge the Great Kaan's _Comercque_, that is to say, his custom-house, where his toll and tax are levied."

Coordinates: 30°38′38.6″N 104°5′0.4″E / 30.644056°N 104.083444°E / 30.644056; 104.083444