A bridge that had witnessed the fall of the Ming Dynasty, the collapse of the Qing, and the rise of the Communist Party of China, has been destroyed by severe flooding this week in Anhui province.
The Zhenhai Bridge was originally built in 1536 before being partially rebuilt following a flood in 1699, when the Kangxi Emperor sat upon the Dragon Throne. Since then, the bridge has spanned Xin’an River in the city of Huangshan.
However, rain has fallen so hard upon the area that nearby officials were even forced to postpone the gaokao because of catastrophic flooding.
These raging waters finally managed to take down the centuries-old stone bridge with locals looking on as parts of it were swept downstream.