February 13, 2011

Crossing The Tiger's Mouth


This is Humen Bridge (literally Tiger Gate Bridge), a suspension bridge crossing Bocca Tigris (Tiger's Mouth), a narrow straight of about 65 kms / 40 miles from the mouth of the Pearl River to where it discharges into the South China Sea  (see map). We crossed Humen Bridge to go from our apartment in Songgang to our friend's hometown Kaiping last month.

This top photo plus two below were taken by my mate some months earlier. I chose to share his images with you because he was closer to the bridge inside the Weiyuan Fort (you see the stone fence), while my long view below is from farther down the river on a similarly hazy day.

 
 Guangdong, 2011

Completed in 1997, the sign in the last photo says that this bridge is 4.588 kms (2.85 miles) long. Also spelled out on the sign are the maintenance unit name and the supervising unit name along with a phone number. 

Perhaps more interesting to see if you enlarge the last image is the calligraphy of Jiang Zemin, past president of China (1993-2003) with the characters for Humen Bridge.  It is considered a special honor to have a building or structure inscribed by a famous personality.

This bridge joins other bridges at Louis' Sunday Bridges.

22 comments:

Christine said...

I absolutely love your top photo, Francisca. Thanks also for the information about the bridge. I love learning this stuff!

Wick Daily Photo said...

Now that is a BIG bridge.

cieldequimper said...

Huge. I love the shot with the hand on the steering wheel! Happy Sunday!

Elisa said...

Such wonderful views of an amazing bridge :)
Have a nice weekend :)

H said...

That is a very impressive bridge!

Lesley said...

I like how they have put the name on the bridge - it looks like a gateway entrance and a nice welcome.

VioletSky said...

That is a long bridge!
The antennae things on top are a nice touch - though I'm sure they are more than decorative ;)

VP said...

The shot on the fly, driving through the bridge is very funny!

Cezar and Léia said...

A suspension bridge is always interesting and you did a wonderful work showing different angles from this bridge and so complete information about it!Thanks a lot!
The bridge is wonderful and my favorite angle is the first picture, amazing overview!
Hugs
Léia

biebkriebels said...

That is a huge bridge, nice details about the name signs on it.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's neat to have the views from different angles. Interesting fact about the calligraphy. Are you saying that the man actually did the work himself?

We always laugh when we pass roads named for some famous person in the area -- particularly in the LA area. Always wonder if young kids already wonder who those old celebs actually were. And how long the road will stay named after them, when really they didn't contribute anything of ACTUAL value to history.

Seems more sensible the way you show.

Francisca said...

@Sallie... no, Jiang would not have made the sign himself... He would have written the words on paper and then an artist would faithfully copy it in the relief format on the bridge. Everywhere in Asia roads are named after famous folks... and in Manila the street names get changed so often it's infuriating! :-)

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Anita Johnson said...

The first photo is beautiful. I just got home from Florida and was so impressed with the bridges there too, only problem, not too many places to pull over for a photo opportunity!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous shots!

JM said...

All perspectives are great but the top shot is my favourite.

EG Wow said...

Lovely long bridge but it fades in the fog to...nowhere? Only kidding, Francisca. Thanks for the map so I can see where it really goes. :)

Andy said...

Francisca... your mate takes great photos. Not as good as your's of course. Sorry to hear that Mr Linky has taken the day off.

paige said...

I love how it looks like it just goes on forever.

Pat Tillett said...

Really great photos! Thanks so much for the ongoing photo tour! My favorites!

Genie said...

What a lovely series showing your bridge this week. I especially like the first one with the fort beneath. That looks REALLY interesting. The second shot looks as if it could have been taken in San Francisco though I know better. Great shooting.

toemail said...

Very beautiful bridge brought to us by your wonderful pictures, thanks!