Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

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Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge02.jpg
Carries 4-lane road and Jinghu Railway
Crosses Yangtze River
Locale Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Owner People's Government of Nanjing
Shanghai Railway Bureau
Designer Ministry of Railways
Design Double-decked truss bridge
Material Steel
Total length Main Bridge: 1,576 metres (5,171 ft)
Highway: 4,588 metres (15,052 ft)
Railway: 6,772 metres (22,218 ft)
Longest span 160 metres (525 ft)
Clearance below 24 metres (79 ft)
Construction begin January 18, 1968
Construction end Railway: September 30, 1968
Highway: December 29, 1968
Daily traffic 80,000 vehicles
200 pairs of trains
Coordinates 32°06′55″N 118°44′20″E / 32.115278°N 118.738889°E / 32.115278; 118.738889Coordinates: 32°06′55″N 118°44′20″E / 32.115278°N 118.738889°E / 32.115278; 118.738889

The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge across the Yangtze River between Pukou and Xiaguan in Nanjing, China. Its upper deck is part of China National Highway 104, spanning 4,588 metres. Its lower deck is a 6,772-metre-long double-track railway and completes the Beijing-Shanghai Railway, which had been divided by the Yangtze for decades. Its right bridge consists of 9 piers, with the maximal span of 160 metres and the total length of 1576 metres. The bridge carries approximately 80,000 vehicles and 200 trains per day.

The bridge was completed and open for traffic in 1968. It was the third bridge over the Yangtze after the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze River Bridge. It was the first heavy bridge designed and built utilising Chinese expertise.

Suicide site[edit]

The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the most common suicide site in the world (see List of suicide sites) with over 2000 suicides recorded on the bridge.[1][2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nanjing Yangtze Suicide Bridge"
  2. ^ Michael Paterniti (May 2010). "The Suicide Catcher". GQ. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  • Gao, Mobo (2008). The Battle for China's Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution. Pluto Press: Verso. ISBN 978-0-7453-2780-8. 

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