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Xiamen Bridge Museum beneath Haicang Bridge

Updated: 23 Nov 2011
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Xiamen Bridge Museum 
 
Located on the east bank of Haicang Bridge, the Xiamen Bridge Museum integrates with bridge-related science, technology, history, culture and knowledge. The museum, which is the first of its kind in China, has attracted both tourists and experts with its introduction of famous bridges from around the world.

Bridges have played an important role in ancient trade and travel routes. The Xiamen Bridge Museum is an ideal place to explore both old and new bridges in Fujian province; it also provides valuable information on many of China's great bridges. Besides, in order to learn more about the many significant bridges in the world, the museum has some of the finest bridge models and photos from the past to present. 
 

Xiamen Haicang Bridge is the world's second and Asia's first large three-span suspension bridge full of floating steel box girder.
 
Xiamen Haicang Bridge is the world's second and Asia's first large three-span suspension bridge full of floating steel box girder. The bridge is 5,926.572 meters long with its main section being 3,140 meters long. It represents China's highest construction level of bridges in the 20th century.  
 
The Bridge Museum is divided into three sections, including an exhibition hall that showcases the construction of the Haicang Bridge, a retrospective exhibition of bridges in China and parts of the world, and the control centre of Haicang Bridge. 
 
The first floor of the museum introduces Haicang Bridge and its construction from different angles such as bridge design and operation, scientific research, investment & financing, and supervising. 
  
  
About 1/3 of the indoor area is devoted to fascinating exhibits about the construction of Haicang Bridge
  
On the second floor there is an exhibition which reviews the development of China's bridges in the past 100 years. The exhibition hall reflects the brilliant achievements China has made in ancient and modern times and introduces scientific and technological knowledge concerning bridges and well-known bridges from various historical periods of different countries. Also the exhibition hall tells about the great projects to be done in the 21st century.
  
  
On the second floor there is an exhibition which reviews the development of China's bridges in the past 100 years
 
Mini replicas and pictures of ancient bridges that are featured at the Bridge Museum include the well-preserved Zhaozhou Bridge (赵州桥) which is the oldest open-spandrel arch bridge built in the world. Quanzhou's Luoyang Bridge (泉州洛阳桥) which was built in the Song Dynasty, the Qiantang River Bridge (钱塘江大桥) which was built in 1937 and San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge of U.S.A (美国旧金山金门大桥) etc.

Moreover, contemporary bridges such as Wuhan's Yangtze River Bridge (武汉长江大桥), Nanjing's Yangtze River Bridge (南京长江大桥), Shantou's Haiwan Bridge (汕头海湾大桥), and Xiling Gorge Yangtze River Bridge (西陵峡长江大桥) can also be found here, among them Shantou's Bay Bridge or Haiwan Bridge is the suspension bridge built with prestressing concrete.

The monitoring and control center of the Haicang Bridge is located on the 3rd floor. It has modernized functions including data gathering, data communications, statistical analysis, height control, file management, and self-check alarms. In addition, visitors can learn about the traffic operation and security system of the Haicang Bridge.
  

Please note: There are bilingual (English & Chinese) brochures available for your reference in the museum, but they are required to be only used in the museum.

 
Xiamen Bridge Museum (厦门桥梁博物馆)

Add: Beneath Haicang Bridge, Haicang District, Xiamen /厦门海沧区海沧大桥东岸锚碇
Tel: 0592—5828668, 5615522
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: Take bus: # 11, 22, 26, 43, 84, 107, 522, 655, 946 and get off at Hao Tou Stop (濠头站).
Admission: RMB20/person, Student (ID required): RMB15/person 
 
Map of Xiamen Bridge Museum
  
SOURCE: WOX Info 
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Comments Area ( Total Comments: 3 )
WOXteam002 Commented on 05 Dec 2011
There are bilingual(English & Chinese) brochures available for your reference in the museum, but they are required to be only used in the museum.
Penny_XM Commented on 28 Nov 2011
I like the nightviews of Haicang bridge!!
ozgal Commented on 23 Nov 2011
This sort of story would be more appreciated if there were an indication whether english translations of information were available.