Haizhu Bridge

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Haizhu Bridge
海珠桥
Haizhuqiao.JPG
Haizhu Bridge, as viewed south bank of the river.
Crosses Pearl River
Locale Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Opened February 1933 (old bridge)
25 March 1950 (new bridge)
Coordinates 23°06′55″N 113°15′42″E / 23.115284°N 113.261741°E / 23.115284; 113.261741Coordinates: 23°06′55″N 113°15′42″E / 23.115284°N 113.261741°E / 23.115284; 113.261741
Old Haizhu Bridge (undated photo)

Haizhu Bridge (Chinese: 海珠桥) is an iron bridge across the Pearl River in Guangzhou, China.

The bridge runs from Haizhu Square in Yuexiu District, and south towards Jiangnan Avenue in Haizhu District.

Haizhu Bridge was the first bridge to be built across the Pearl River in Guangzhou. Work started in 1929 and ended in 1933, and was completed by the American contractor Markton Company. [1]

The bridge was damaged by the Japanese in 1938, and again in 1949 by retreating Kuomintang forces.[1][2]

Today the bridge carries a two-lane, bidirectional road connecting the north and south banks of the Pearl River.

In 2009, the bridge gained notoriety when a number of people threatened suicide by jumping off the bridge.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b NewsGD.com: “Haizhu bridge undergoes physical checkup”, 13 June 2006. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  2. ^ “Night tour on the Pearl River”, Guangzhou Municipality official website. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  3. ^ BBC News: "China bridge jumper 'gets a push'", 23 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27.