Nanjing Bridge

The double-decker road and rail bridge across the Yangtse at Nanjing was opened with great official fanfare in 1968. It was celebrated as a major achievement of socialist construction - symbolically linking the north and south of New China - images of the bridge appeared in newspapers, magazines, and schoolbooks, as well as on posters and Maozhang.

nanjing br 1 nanjing br 2 2wave7 Copy of P1020387 Copy (2) of P1020387

Middle School English language textbook, Tianjin 1973

Note that Wade-Giles Nanking had not yet become pinyin Nanjing; similarly Mao Tsetung instead of Mao Zedong.

h. 48mm  w. 43mm   7.6g

40mm   5.8g

42mm   8.1g

53mm   10.2g

As with the Yangtse bridge at Wuhan, images of the Nanjing bridge were often accompanied by a line from Mao's poem Swimming, "A bridge will fly to span the north and south".