Yanzhi River and Tiansheng Bridge


The two sites are located in the west of Lishui County. Yanzhi River starts Honglan Port in the South and joins Qinhuai River in the north with a total length of 7.5 kilometers long, is an artificial canal dug in Ming Dynasty which connected with Shijiu Lake and Qinhuai River, with the title of "small gorge in the south of Yangtze River".

The river was first dug in the reign of Zhu Yuanzhang, who set up the capital city in Nanjing. It was built in order to trasport the food from suzhou and Jiangsu to Nanjing. The canal transportation was safer than Yangtze River. The project was carried out along a hummock which was 5 kilometers long and 25 to 30 meters high. It is unbelievable in ancient times when there was no blasting device or technology.

Tiansheng Bridge, a masterwork, is a result of the canal's dug by craftsmen at Yanzhi Hillock. There are two holes dug at the top terrain, which was used to pass the boats. Over the holes, there formed two bridges, whose names are Tiansheng Bridge. The South Bridge had been collapsed, while the North Bridge still stand, with 34 meters in length, 9 meters in width and 35 meters in height. Tiansheng Bridge is the only one in China.

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