China is never short of interesting places to see. Among the country’s national landmarks are the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the great Yangtze River. At 3,964 miles in length, the Yangtze River is the world’s third longest river travelling from the Tanggula Range in the western Chinese Province of Qinghai and emptying itself at Shanghai’s East China Sea. Home to the world’s largest hydro power station and dam project, Yangtze River is regarded as the borderline between North and South China.
A star attraction along the Yangtze River is undoubtedly the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge that borders many Serviced Apartments Wuhan. Completed in 1957, it was the first bridge over the Yangtze River and is the river’s eastern-most crossing at Wuhan in Central China. The iconic bridge spans a distance of 1.6 kilometres and links Snake Hill in Wuchang to Turtle Hill in Hanyang and can be viewed from Somerset Wusheng Wuhan. The first steel bridge to fly over the Yangtze River, it hovers 80 meters above the river bank supported by 8 arches that lie 128 metres apart helping to protect the bridge from the notoriously unpredictable water levels of the Yangtze River. Supported by 35 metre-tall towers at both ends, the 260 foot-high bridge has two levels with the upper level being a two-way, four-lane automobile highway and the lower level accommodating a double-track railway line that is a part of the main Beijing-Guangzhou railway network.
Built in consultation with Russian engineers, this first Yangtze River Bridge is an example of friendship between the two countries. If the passing view of the river and its surroundings from rail or car is not enough, you can climb the seven storey tower at the ends of the bridge to admire not only the breathtaking views, but also the 143 ornate Chinese carvings that line each side of the bridge depicting Chinese folklore. Today, the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge does not stand alone across the Yangtze River: it is accompanied by a second and third Wuhan Yangtze Bridge built in 1995 and 2000.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.