Luding Bridge (Luding County) crosses over the Dadu River in western Sichuan province of China. And it was built during the Qing Dynasty.
Brief Intro – Luding Bridge
Luding Bridge scenic spot includes three parts-the Bridge, Revolutionary Heritage Museum and Monument of Red Army’s seizing Luding Bridge. There are many pictures and documents in the museum about the communist party’s red army fighting in this area.
The bridge is 103 meters long and 3 meters wide. It is fixed onto the abutment wells of both sides with 13 irons. However, nine of the irons are bottom chains. And the wood boards covers the bridge floor. There are 4 handrails made up of 12,164 iron rings on both sides. All the iron parts of the bridge weighs over 40 tons. In addition, the two bridgeheads on each side consist of unique ancient wooden architecture.
The bridge was founded for the convenience of exchanging goods between Tibetans and Chinese. At that time, Tibetans and Chinese traded very frequently. People usually did it though ferry. But the goods always got to the destination late. And it made people’s stuff piling up. In order to strengthen economic ties between the two peoples, the Emperor Kangxi ordered to build the first bridge over the Dadu River. Though one year’s construction, the bridge was ready. In 1706 A.D. The emperor gave the name Luding Bridge to it. Not only did the bridge provide the transportation between Chinese and Tibetans , but also developed the economy. That is why Luding County got its name Luding Bridge.