A bridge in Shanghai with 440 years of history was recently removed and its whereabouts are unknown, South China Morning Post reports, citing ThePaper.cn.
The historical bridge, built in 1575, was once walked upon by the Qing Dynasty emperor Qianlong (1736-1799). In 2008, the bridge was officially declared a protected cultural relic, according to local authorities in Pudong.
The bridge was surrounded by white walls and gray tiles, and was the way across a local salt pound, a local resident said.
Under the law, a protected cultural relic is forbidden to be removed, said Wu Jiang, vice-president of Tongji University in Shanghai. However, he added that “a lot of places are secretly dismantled.”
Meanwhile, the 107-year-old Zhejiang Road bridge across Shanghai’s Suzhou Creek was removed last week and transferred to a repair yard, where it will undergo renovation.
[Image via ThePaper.cn]
By Joyce Ng