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Zhaozhou Bridge
Time:2017-06-08 18:35:59
 
 
 
 China’s oldest stone segmental arch bridge, the Zhaozhou Bridge, has spanned the Jiao River for 1,400 years. As the world’s first stone segmental arch bridge (its arch is a segment of a circle, as opposed to a complete semicircle), it predates other bridges of its type throughout the world by 800 years. In excellent condition, and part of a riverside, landscaped park, it is 50.82 meters long and 9.6 meters wide, with a span of 37 meters.
 
Twenty-two stone posts are topped with carvings of dragons and mythical creatures, with the center slab featuring a magnificent taotie (an offspring of a dragon).
 
The bridge is in Zhaoxia county, about 40 kilometers southeast of Shijiazhuang and 2 kilometers south of Zhaoxian town.