Moon bridge

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Moon bridge
Jade Belt Bridge at the Summer Palace, Beijing
Ancestor Arch bridge
Carries Pedestrians
Material Stone, brick, and wood

A moon bridge is a highly arched pedestrian bridge associated with gardens in China and Japan.[1] The moon bridge originated in China and was later introduced to Japan.[2][3]

This type of bridge was originally designed to allow pedestrians to cross canals while allowing the passage of barges beneath. When constructed using the climbing ascent and descent this had the further advantage of not using space from the adjoining fields for approaches.

In formal garden design a moon bridge is placed so that it is reflected in still water. The high arch and its reflection form a circle, symbolizing the moon.

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  1. ^ "What Is a Moon Bridge?". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Boults, Elizabeth; Sullivan, Chip (2010). Illustrated history of landscape design. Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-470-28933-4. 
  3. ^ Ono, Kenkichi; Edwards, Walter. "full-moon bridge 偃月橋・円月橋". Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History. Retrieved 2 September 2011.