HEFEI -- Repair work has started on a 480-year-old bridge
in East China's Anhui province, four months after it was destroyed by
The Zhenhai Bridge, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), was a
state-level cultural relics protection site in the city of Huangshan. It
was destroyed by floods during a heavy rainstorm on July 7.
Salvage operations started on Aug 12 and lasted for 19 days. Over
4,500 cubic meters of material from the wrecked structure were
retrieved, paving the way for repair work, according to Huangshan
Cultural and Tourism Bureau.
The repair work is estimated to cost over 49.8 million yuan (about
$7.5 million) and will be finished by the end of 2021, said the project
The 131-meter bridge with seven arches was initially constructed in
1536 and was repaired several times in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
after being damaged by flooding.