Chongqing revisited through my lens

By Bruce Connolly
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Yuzhong's location, effectively resembling a peninsula enclosed by two major rivers, presented serious challenges for development and planning resulting in world-leading infrastructure projects. Bridge building started with Niujiatou Jialing Qiao connecting with Jiangbei in 1958. Changjiang Bridge opened in 1977. Having walked across the latter in 1994 I returned by metro to Qixinggang, a bustling local area. Narrow paths led down to tree-covered cliffs above Shibanpo with a view not only of the bridge but of the rise of a modern Chongqing spreading across Nan'an on the far banks. Since my first visit Chongqing has become a 'World Capital of Bridges' with around 15 Changjiang and 14 Jialingjiang crossings within the urban area alone. They are aesthetic engineering masterpieces, several being twin-decked carrying both road and metro. Passing beneath them river freighters continue to carry minerals and containers downriver as far as Shanghai.


Chongqing Changjiang Bridge 2017. (Photo taken by Bruce Connolly)

Chongqing Changjiang Bridge 1994. (Photo taken by Bruce Connolly)

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