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8. Zhaozhou Stone Bridge


Zhaozhou Stone Bridge, also called Anji Bridge, is located in Zhao County, Hebei Province. The bridge was built by craftsman Li Chun in 581 AD in the Sui Dynasty about 1,400 years ago. It is a single-hole stone arch bridge made of giant granite stones. It spans 64.4 meters and has a width of 9 meters. The arch foot is 9.6 meters wide with a beam span of 37.02 meters and an arch rise of 7.23 meters. The bridge has two small side arches on either side of the main arch; this exquisite design allows water to pass through, hence reducing the water forces on the bridge. Zhaozhou Bridge is the world’s oldest and best preserved stone arch bridge. In 1991 it was named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the “International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark,” meaning the bridge is as famous as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Panama Canal, the Egyptian Pyramids and other world famous landmarks.

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9. Dunhuang Mogao Caves


Dunhuang Mogao Caves, also known as “Thousand Buddha Caves”, were built on the eastern cliff of Mingsha Mountain, 25 kilometres southeast of Dunhuang City. The carving work began in 366 AD and continued for about 1,000 years. The Mogao Caves include 492 extant caves, 45,000 square meters of wall paintings and 2415 coloured sculptures. The caves are the largest and oldest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world and were listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

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