Guangzhou Bridges

THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

The rate at which China is building its infrastructure is just amazing. Every year I see new projects have been completed and Guangzhou is changing very fast. There is a lot of residential apartment buildings being built as well. I would not say private or public construction are of much beauty, they are generally rather dull or even ugly but for a country where just 30 years ago people were starving by the millions to have this rate of development is quite an accomplishment.

In the years since I first went to Guangzhou I have seen the waterfront change drastically. It has been renovated and improved although the river is still polluted and needs to be cleaned up though. Several new bridges have been built. From west to east I have the following clearly identified:

  • Zhujiang Bridge
  • Zhujiang Tunnel
  • Hedong Bridge (1997)
  • Renmin Bridge
  • Jiefang Bridge
  • Haizhu Bridge (70 years old)
  • Jiangwan Bridge
  • Haiyin Bridge (1988)
  • Guangzhou Bridge
  • Huanan Bridge
The ones in blue are of more recent construction.

In August 2003 seven bridges and the Pearl River Tunnel were tested for safety. Nine freight cars carrying 30 tons of goods were driven across the Haizhu Bridge, which is 70 years old, to test its safety. The other six bridges tested are Renmin Bridge, Jiefang Bridge, Haiyin Bridge, Jiangwan Bridge, Guangzhou Bridge and Hedong Bridge.

The Haizhu and Renmin bridges are probably the oldest. The Renmin bridge is concrete while the Haizhu is a strange mixture of cables and riveted steel.

Hedong Bridge, Guangzhou
The Hedong bridge. (Seen from the White Swan Hotel)

Renmin Bridge, Guangzhou
The Renmin bridge. (Seen from the NE)

Jiefang Bridge, Guangzhou
The Jiefang bridge. Picture taken from the Haizhu bridge.

Jiefang Bridge, Guangzhou
The Jiefang bridge.

Jiefang Bridge, Guangzhou
The Jiefang bridge.

Jiefang Bridge, Guangzhou
The Jiefang bridge in the foreground and Haizhu in the background. Picture taken from a cruise ship.

Haizhu Bridge, Guangzhou
The Haizhu bridge in the foreground and the Jiefang bridge in the background (seen from the SE)

Haizhu Bridge, Guangzhou
The Haizhu bridge is really ugly and much uglier than the picture reflects.
Picture taken from the Jiefang bridge

Haizhu Bridge, Guangzhou
The Haizhu bridge. Taken from the NW

Haizhu Bridge, Guangzhou
Aerial view from the East of the Haizhu bridge in 1949 (LIFE Magazine).

Haizhu Bridge, Jiefang Bridge, Renmin Bridge, Guangzhou
The Haizhu bridge in the foreground, the Jiefang and the Renmin bridge in the background. Taken from the NE

Haiyin Bridge, Guangzhou
The Haiyin bridge in the foreground and the Jiangwan bridge in the background.

Haiyin Bridge, Guangzhou
The Haiyin bridge

Haiyin Bridge, Guangzhou
The Haiyin bridge

 
The following bridges are in the outskirts of GZ.
  • Dongpu Bridge
  • Humen Bridge Dongguang 1997
  • Luoxi Bridge (1988)
  • Yajisha Bridge (2000) Steel pipe-concrete arch, span 76+360+76 m
  • Panyu Bridge, 1997, cable-stayed, fan arrangement, deck prestressed concrete, length of main bridge 702 m, main span 380 m, span lengths 71 m - 90 m - 380 m - 90 m - 71 m