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Qiantang River Bridge
Qiantang River Bridge

Qiantang River Bridge

Free admission
Hangzhou, China

The Basics

Commissioned in 1934 and designed by Mao Yifeng, the Qiantang River Bridge had a short early lease on life: though it debuted in 1937, it was blown up shortly after opening to halt advancing Japanese troops during World War II. Reopened to the public in 1953, it has served as a major thoroughfare ever since. Though not particularly aesthetically distinct, the bridge is nevertheless a major local landmark.

The Qiantang River Bridge is a popular stop on architecture tours of Hangzhou, and can be glimpsed during various sightseeing itineraries around the city.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Qiantang River Bridge measures some 4,767 feet (1,453 meters), or nearly a full mile, in length.
  • Note that the bridge is exceptionally crowded during the tidal bore phenomenon.
  • The bridge celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017; owing to its historical significance, it is popularly regarded as a patriotic symbol in Hangzhou and elsewhere in China.
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How to Get There

The Qiantang River Bridge connects Zhijiang Road on its north bank and Wentao Road on its south bank. The area is served by multiple bus lines. Guided tours or taxis provide a particularly stress-free way to discover the landmark.

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When to Get There

The Qiantang River Bridge is always open. Visit during daytime hours to enjoy the best views of the bridge and the city skyline. The bridge is also a popular destination for those wishing to view the famed tidal bore phenomenon, which is typically at its peak in August, September, and October.

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Wildcard

Six Harmonies Pagoda The Qiantang River Bridge is just a quick trip from the Six Harmonies Pagoda, another key Hangzhou landmark. Built in the 12th century and poised overlooking the river, the remarkable structure, paired with its nearby park, can be visited during a trip to the area.

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