Around eight pieces of a 440-year-old bridge that recently disappeared in Pudong were seen yesterday outside of a real-estate developer’s office.
The developer, Shanghai Vanke, used the pieces of the Yujie Bridge, which dates back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), as an exhibit to promote sales, according to Shanghai Daily. Of course it did.
The district’s cultural relics protection authority said that Vanke owned the land and had the rights to move the bridge, although the company did not inform the authorities in advance as it should have.
Staff explained that there was reconstruction work near the bridge and that it was removed to protect it from damage.
An officer from the relics protection department, Song Feibo, said the found pieces of the bridge had been checked and there was no damage.
[Images via People.cn]
By Joyce Ng