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Liuzhou Bridges – Slight Update

I do intend continuing the series on Liuzhou Bridges which I started almost two years ago. Maybe next month. In the meantime, I came across this. Someone is selling these Liuzhou Bridge prepaid postcards on Ebay. I had no idea that they existed, but then I rarely use post offices. They are selling at USD $3.50 […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 9 – Shuangchong Bridge

Now that the weather is being nicer I am resuming this series. Shaungchong Bridge, built between 2002 and 2004,  claims to be Liuzhou’s longest at 4,088 metres, although the river span is about the same as other bridges. The approach roads make up more than half. It is also probably Liuzhou dullest bridge. Strictly utilitarian, […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 8 – Hedong Bridge

North of the Hudong Bridge (downstream) is the similarly  (to non-Chinese ears)  named  Hedong Bridge (河东大桥), or in the slightly more prosaic English, “River East Bridge”. This was the second road bridge to be built so, is referred to by the locals and the bus company as No.2 bridge. The 776.6 metre bridge opened in […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 7 – Huxi Bridge

Directly across the peninsula from Hudong Bridge is its sister bridge, Huxi Bridge (壶西大桥) or “west of the pot bridge”, pot being the city centre peninsular area. Built in 1994, this 700 metre long bridge is somewhat utilitarian in design. It is often referred to as No 4 bridge by locals. The bridge again links […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 6 – Hudong Bridge

North (downstream) of Wenchang Bridge there is a small island in the river. This is 萝卜洲 or Radish Island, presumably  so-named for its shape which roughly resembles that of a Chinese white radish or daikon. Beyond it lies our next bridge of the series – Hudong Bridge (壶东大桥). Hudong means “east of the pot” , the […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 5 – Hongguang Bridge

Hongguang Bridge (红光大桥) lies upstream from Liujiang Bridge, halfway to the railway bridge. Work started on the bridge at the end of September 2002 and it opened to traffic on August 8th, 2004. It is just over 1 kilometre long (1040m). This is one bridge that really made a noticeable difference; prior to its opening, […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 4 – Guangya Bridge

Virtually opposite Wenchang Bridge, across the “peninsula” lies one of Liuzhou’s newest bridges, Guangya Bridge (广雅大桥). The bridge runs from Guangya Road (广雅路) on the eastern side to the western side at Hexi Road (河西路) on which lies the important Wuling car factory. The combination of Wenchang and Guangya bridges gives easy access from the […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 3 – Wenchang Bridge

Ten years ago, Liuzhou’s then top hotel, the government owned Liuzhou Hotel (柳州饭店) lay at the end of a cul-de-sac. This made it a very quiet, peaceful sort of place where the country’s leaders could have a good time when they were required to visit Liuzhou. Pretty much all the top guys have stayed there […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 2 – Wenhui Bridge

Wenhui Bridge (文惠桥) is Liuzhou’s most iconic bridge. Its red arches and the view of Panlong Hill (蟠龙山) with its two pagodas in the background just say “Liuzhou”, especially in the evenings when the lights on the bridge and on the pagodas are lit. But it’s actually two bridges. The original bridge opened to traffic […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 1 – Liujiang Bridge

For Jo. Liuzhou is proud of its bridges over the river. They are particularly proud that there are so many. This apparently glorifies the city in some way. Some of them are interesting, so I will be doing an occasional series of posts about some of the more interesting. Liujiang Bridge (柳江大桥), popularly known as […]

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