Guyue Bridge

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Guyue Bridge
古月桥
Guyue Bridge (Yiwu), Song Dynasty, China.jpg
Guyue Bridge in 2008
Crosses Dragon Creek
Locale Yiwu, Zhejiang, China
Official name 古月桥
Characteristics
Design Arch bridge
Stone bridge
Total length 31.2 m (102 ft)
Width 4.5 m (15 ft)
Height 4.15 m (14 ft)
Longest span 15 m (49 ft)
No. of spans 1
History
Construction end 1213
Opened 1213

The Guyue Bridge (simplified Chinese: 古月桥; traditional Chinese: 古月橋; pinyin: Gǔyuè Qiáo; literally: "Ancient Moon Bridge") is an arch bridge located in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China.[1]

Introduction[edit]

The bridge is located in Chi'an Town (simplified Chinese: 赤岸镇; traditional Chinese: 赤岸鎮; pinyin: Chì'àn Zhèn), and it's about 100-meter western of the Yazhi Street (雅治街). It goes across the Dragon Creek (traditional Chinese: 龍溪, simplified Chinese: 龙溪, pinyin: Lóng Xī).[2][3]

It is a single span arch bridge. The design is very special: more precisely, its structure feature is girder-arch, and the girders are arranged like ribs. Such a design can be found in the famous painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival of Song dynasty by Zhang Zeduan.[2]

The bridge was completed in 1213, the sixth year of the Jiading Era (Chinese: 嘉定; pinyin: Jiā Dìng), Southern Song dynasty. Since then it has never been rebuilt or repaired.[2][3]

On the body of the bridge are engraved 12 Chinese characters: Huangsong Jiading Guiyou Jiqiu Runyue Jianzao[3] (simplified Chinese: 皇宋嘉定癸酉季秋润月建造; traditional Chinese: 皇宋嘉定癸酉季秋閏月建造; pinyin: Huáng Sòng Jiā Dìng Guǐ Yǒu Jì Qiū Rùn Yuè Jiàn Zào),[1][2] which literally means: Constructed in Autumn September Imperial Song Jiangding Era the Year of Guiyou ("Huang" means Imperial. "Song" reveals Song dynasty. "Jiading" is an era 1208-1224 of the Emperor Ningzong of Song. "Guiyou" is the year 1213, it's the Sexagenary cycle-way to record years in traditional Chinese calendar. "Jiqiu" means the late autumn period of a year.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "古月桥 (Guyue Bridge) (Tourism sites in Jinhua)" (in Chinese). 联合网 (www.ungou.com). Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "古月桥 (Guyue Bridge)" (in Chinese). Baidu.com Chinese Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "古月桥 (Guyue Bridge)" (in Chinese). Hudong.com Chinese Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 

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