Last updated by apolo at 2013-11-1
Luding Bridge is a key national cultural relic. It was put into construction in the 44th ruling year of Emperor Kang Xi in Qing Dynasty, and completed a year later (1706 AD). Emperor Kang Xi inscribed on the bridge "Luding Bridge", and set an imperial stele at its end. The bridge is 103 meters long and three meters wide. There are thirteen iron chains fixed to the wells at both ends of the bridge, nine as the walking surface of the bridge, and the other four as rails at both sides equipped with 12164 iron hoops connecting with each other.
The whole bridge is over 40 kilograms heavy. Its two heads are equipped with timberwork ancient architecture, the style of which is unique to China. Luding Bridge Scenic Area in fact is composed of three parts: Luding Bridge, Luding Historical museum of Revolutionary Cultural Relics, and Monument of Liberating Luding Bridge by Red Army. Luding Historical museum of Revolutionary Cultural Relics exhibits photos, documents, and practicalities which commemorate the brave Chinese Red Army crossing Dadu River with courage and liberating Luding Bridge, as well as epigraphs of the then revolutionary leaders, paintings and calligraphies of famous writers and calligraphers during that times. Monument of Liberating Luding Bridge by Red Army and its theme park retain the inscriptions of Deng Xiaoping and epigraphs of Nie Rongzhen on the monument.
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