Iron Bridge of Yellow River

Iron Bridge of Yellow River

Iron Bridge of Yellow River
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Gary, Australia
China79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The Zhongshan Bridge, Lanzhou across the Yellow River is famous for its historical significance and today provides pedestrians with a valuable thoroughfare between the CBD, the parks on the southern side of the river, and the famous White Pagoda Park on the northern side. Originally built in 1372 as the Zhenyuan Bridge and reputedly the first bridge to span the Yellow River, it has been rebuilt in slightly different locations many times.
The current bridge was built by the German Shangtailai Company in 1907. While it might not be as spectacular as other historic bridges in China, it has a certain quaintness and charm that attracts locals and tourists alike. It has a simple design with an air of austerity.
As a foreign tourist, I suggest spending a little time here at sunset and night time taking photos and people watching. Think of it also as a conduit for tackling the walks in the White Pagoda Mountain Park nearby and for traversing the many riverside parks. I crossed the bridge in winter just before sunset when the usual yellow colour of the river was more a blue shade and very photogenic. Locals came to talk to me as I pondered my map and we shared stories using a translation app.
It is a wonderful connecting and meeting place, much loved by locals. It’s far more than an iron bridge.
Written 30 December 2020
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M T
Derby, UK21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Given 3/5 only in the context of things to do for tourists in Lanzhou (few and far between). It's just a bridge, nothing special to look at, but moderately important historically (Lanzhou was a main crossing point of the Yellow River on the Silk Road, and this steel bridge seems to have been the first bridge to be capable of surviving seasonal changes in river levels and floods). The bridge provides a useful pedestrian crossing between the city centre (to the south of the river) and the white pagoda park and adjacent arts/cultural museums to the north. It also provide a focus in the evenings (albeit gaudily lit in bright colours) for both tourists and locals walking along the riverside paths. But, essentially, it's just a bridge.
Written 25 October 2020
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DorothyCheong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
We enjoyed the scenery at this First Bridge of Yellow River, from the crowd to the scenery along the river front.
As advised by our hotel staff, we stayed back till the evening to see the night scene with all the lightings on the bridge as well as the buildings near the river bank.
Written 10 November 2019
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francis c
San Francisco, CA59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Well preserved historic bridge, it is now a pedestrian only bridge for local and tourist. A nice leisure walk and provide a good view point to the city. It is an interesting site for one familiar with the city’s history. There were some local people along the river showing a sheep bladder raft. Took some pictures.
Written 9 January 2017
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Rod129
Adelaide, Australia173 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Business
The Iron Bridge at Lanzhou Gansu Province is the first of its type to be built across the Yellow River. Prior to innovative engineer's achievement in the early 1900s, people crossed this fast running river on very rudimentary rafts that floated on sheepskin 'balloons'. In fact they still operate for tourists (see photos). The iron bridge consists of five 'coat hanger' arches. It is now closed to road traffic but is a very busy with pedestrians and cyclists. It's a popular weekend attraction for locals and Chinese tourists. It is a reminder of Chinese ingenuity of the time. The riverbank approaching the bridge is also an interesting place with kite-flyers flying ingenious aerobatic kites and traditional kites very high in the sky -- obviously there is no airport nearby! This bridge changed lives in the early 1900s and is considered by Chinese people to be a historic hallmark achievement in engineering.
Written 4 July 2019
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Timothy D
Suzhou, China694 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
We were quite tired but still decided to take public transit and walk to the bridge and I’m glad we did because it is really beautiful. I particularly enjoyed seeing it lit up at night with colors that constantly change. The backdrop is the river, mountain and temple which is also lit up. At the entrance there are a couple vendors selling local snack food using their local spices.
Written 28 January 2019
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore9,240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
I enjoyed the relaxed stroll on the stretch of the promenade along the Yellow River bank overlooking the scenic White Pagoda Mountains. But it was the Iron Bridge that linked the two scenic areas of the river banks together that makes this part of Lanzhou a great tourist spot to explore.

The bridge does not share the same prominence and significance as the famous Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. Nor does the bridge gives pride to the Chinese people like the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge which was built solely by Chinese engineers.

In fact, the bridge is a testimony to the disgrace of the dying Qing Dynasty. It was not built by the Chinese but by the Germans using German technology and materials. Qing China, unlike Japan during the Meiji Restoration, failed to embrace technology and even failed to learn rapidly from the West the advanced engineering technology to construct bridges.

Just imagine it was the first bridge that was built across the long meandering Yellow River in 1907 and was built using foreign technology!

This is of great historical significance and a reminder for China to learn humbly from advanced nations just about everything for the modernization of the country. It was renamed Zhongshan Bridge after World War II. I am not sure why but I think the name has to do with the downfall of the Qing Dynasty.

I was at the bridge and witnessed a group of youngsters performing hip-hop Korean dance. Yes, China is opening her eyes to the world and learning from the world! That should be the real modern China!
Written 24 November 2017
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H888
Hong Kong, China626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Lanzhou is not blessed with a huge number of visitor attractions. But this first bridge over the Huang He, Yellow River is actually rather good. Best to go to the museum of the bridge first. The museum is in the Bai Ta complex beside the bridge. There’s a big history of the building of the bridge. The previous bridges that were washed away and interactive movie displays. It’s well done and then makes the bridge visit more interesting.

Worth it to visit. The museum display is open on Monday as well.
Written 4 November 2017
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Tariq D
104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
The bridge itself may seem pretty basic, but it is pleasant to walk across and see the views from the river before or after spending several hours in the scenic Zhongshan park, which has higher and better views. I recommend taking the bridge one way and the cable car the other way.
Written 18 August 2017
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Mark
Knaresborough, United Kingdom84 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
I have no idea why this is an attraction. I’ve just waked here and it is literally just a bridge, not even a nice bridge at that. Save yourself the trouble and don’t visit
Written 8 August 2020
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