January 30, 2011

Bridges over Pearl River Delta

Not too long before I captured the sun setting on industry along the Pearl River posted here a few days ago, my amiable friend Allan stopped his car along the highway to allow me to quickly snap these photos of these couple of bridges for Louis' Sunday Bridges.


Guangdong, 2011

If you enlarge either of the images, you can see there are two bridges here. The Pearl River Delta is a complex network of tributaries and distributaries. To get from our place in Shenzhen to Allan's home town in Kaiping we cross countless bridges without names like this. Take a look at this map and you can see why when we made these trips in the 1980s and had to drive on narrow roads and cross water on small ferries, our travel time was nearly a whole day, instead of the three hours on the new highways and bridges of today.

16 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Lots of bridges - reminds me of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

joo said...

I do love the second photo with this yellow boat - terrific!
Happy Sunday to you Francisca:)

Kaori said...

I really like how the orange boat stands out in the new photo! Great bridge photos!

Happy Sunday :-D

cieldequimper said...

Nice and misty atmosphere. I like!

Tanya said...

a lot going on here! love the bright colors in the mist!!

biebkriebels said...

It is a big foggy city. Nice with the bridges in the misty atmosphere.

tapirgal said...

Water, bridges and boats are endlessly fascinating. The foggy atmosphere seems just like home, except this place is much bigger! Nice. I like the way the white brings out the foreground colors.

Ann said...

This time last year, my husband was in Guang Zhou. We were talking about it.

Genie said...

I remember well your post from a few days ago. This one is also very interesting. I love the flash of color in the orange boat and the blue cranes. These shots are great.

JM said...

The orange boat really pops up in this grey shot.

Lesley said...

It looks like the view will soon change dramatically, in the first pictures, with all the construction going on!

Louis la Vache said...

Fascinating post, Francesca.

«Louis» was out all day Sunday and unable to visit those who contributed to Sunday Bridges. Belatedly, he thanks you for your contribution.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice pics! Bridges changed everything, and cause so much chaos when unusable.

Jacob said...

If I recall correctly, the first book on the U.S. Marines that W.E.B.
Griffin wrote had a lot about the Pearl River in it - set in the late 1930s...

Lovely images here...especially with the splashes of color in each.

Time has changed things in China over the past quarter century!

Ann said...

My husband plans when the fast train is finished, when I will get to visit China.

H said...

I took a look at the map and I can see exactly what you mean! You must have spent the whole day hopping on and off boats!