In the more than three months since it reopened to the public after repairs, more th
an 70,000 vehicles a day on average have crossed the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Jiangsu province.
The number of vehicles traversing the bridge, which reopened in December, is just half that for each of the other three structures spanning t
he river in Nanjing, while Line 3 of the city’s subway system carries more than 800,000 people across the river every day.
But despite its relatively meeker traffic flows, people from across the country visit Nan
jing just to see the bridge, especially during holidays. For many, it represents far more than just a river crossing.
For years, it has been featured on a variety of posters and in school textbooks.
Many people have had their pictures taken at photo studios that use images of the bridge as backdrops.
Hotels, cinemas and daily necessities have been named after it. Parents have even named their chi
ldren after the bridge, with some of those born in the 1960s and 1970s being called “Yangtze”, “Bridge” or “Pier” in Chinese.
from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.
During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.
The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p
raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.
Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op
ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.
“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we
took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.
Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya
ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.
repaired and replaced. Some 202 of them, including images of sunflowers, landscapes
, workers and soldiers, have been placed on the two sets of railings on the bridge to maintain its original appearance.
Guo Jian, deputy director of the Nanjing Center of Public Project Construction, said
the bridge could be used safely for another 100 years if properly maintained.
“The comprehensive examination before the bridge was closed showed that it was in its prime,” he
said. “The bridge has been reliable for years, even after several ships collided with the piers. The flow of traf
fic and the speed of vehicles have far exceeded the original design but have not affected its solidity.”
Yang, from the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Transportation Planning and Des
ign, said the bridge will continue to serve as a major road, rail and marine structure.
“It has been a witness to and participant in the country’s 40 years of fast development. It will g
reatly help the economic and traffic development of Nanjing, the province and the country,” Yang added.
More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep
artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf
erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.
Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin
gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.
The employers received more than 180,000 res
umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.
As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange
ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.
Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch
ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.
form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b
oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai
d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.
Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo
ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu
ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.
The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m
artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am
zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.