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Traditional Chinese Arch Bridge


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A brief introduction of traditional Chinese Arch Bridge. And a brief analysis on the form and function

A brief introduction of traditional Chinese Arch Bridge. And a brief analysis on the form and function

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  • 1. Traditional Chinese Arch Bridge
    Oct. 2009
    Made By Xinping Yang
    Translated by Zhiyan Yang
  • 2. Origins
    For years, the origins of traditional Chinese arch bridge remains controversial. Here are several theories about it:
    -TianShengQiao theory: which means the arch bridges are inborn and existed long before the existence of human being.
    -TuXue theory: which means the shape of arch bridges took its source from the shape of cave.
    -Tao Wengtheory:which means the shape of arch bridges originated from the shape of pottery urn.
    -Die Se Yan Jin theory (Corbel Arch): which means the arcuate structure rooted from the corbel arch structure.
    -ZheBian Yan Jin theory (Multilateral Arch): which means the structure originated from the multilateral arch. And this theory seems have the most credential in academic community
    And the oldest records of multilateral arch structure and curved structure dates back to Han Dynasty.(206 BCE-A.D.220)
  • 3. The structure of tomb passage in Han Dynasty
  • 4. One the earliest records of arch bridge in China: on the relief brick sculptures(Hua Xiang Zhuan) in East Han Dynasty(A.D.25-A.D. 220)
  • 5. The oldest existing bridge in China is the Zhaozhou Bridge of 595-606 AD, Sui Dynasty
    (In Now Hebei Province).
    It adapted the segmental structure, which combined a very low span-to-rise ratio of 5.2:1, with the use of spandrel arches (buttressed with iron brackets). The Zhaozhou Bridge is the world's first wholly-stone open-spandrel segmental arch bridge.
    (from wikipedia)
  • 6. Structures
    Basically, the structure of arch bridge can be divided into two sorts: multilateral arch structure and curved structure
    multilateral arch structure:3-edged, 5-edged, 7-edged (mostly with an odd number of edges) and so on
    Curved arch: round arch, segmental arch, pointed arch, elliptical arch, horseshoe arch and so on.
  • 7. Stone arch bridge
    mostly seen because they are more likely to be preserved.
    3-edged arch bridge.
    Both in Zhejiang Province
  • 8. The Bridge of Old Moon, 5-edged Arch Bridge, in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province Built inSouthern Song Dynasty(A.D. 1127-1279)
  • 9. Seven-edged arch bridges in Shaoxing, Zhejiang ProvinceBuilt in Ming and Qing Dynasty(AD.1368-1911)
  • 10. The different structures of arches (With axes shown)
  • 11. The different types of the construction of voussoir
  • 12. Horseshoe Arch
    Pointed Arch
  • 13.
    • Open-Spandrel arch bridge
    • 14. Equilateral pointed arch bridge
  • Viaduct in regions south of the Yangtze River
  • 15. Terms of all parts of the stone arch bridge
  • 16. Wooden Arch Bridge
    Experts believe that Wooden Arch Bridge appeared before-if not at- Northern Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1127). Hong Bridge, or Rainbow Bridge in the well-known Qing Ming Shang He Tu (Along the River During Qingming Festival) is regarded as the first known Wooden Arch Bridge.
  • 17. The wooden arch bridge in Qing Ming Shang He Tu (Along the River During Qingming Festival)
  • 18. Wooden arch bridge with colonnade in Taishun, Zhejiang Province, built in Qing Dynasty
  • 19. Rulong Bridge (Dragon-like Bridge) in Qingyuan
    Wooden 3 edged arch bridge
    Built in Ming Dynasty
  • 20. YuqingBridge in Mount. Wuyi, Fujian Province
    Built in the reign of Guangxu(A.D. 1889)
  • 21. Wei yuanBa Ling Bridgerebuilt in 1919
  • 22. Houkeng Bridge, Qingyuan, Zhejiang Province
    The receiver of the UNESCO Award of Escellence in the year of 2005
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