Luding Bridge

Crossing over the Dadu River in Luding County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, Luding Bridge is an iron chain bridge located about 80 kilometers west of the city of Ya'an. In 1935, during the Long March, soldiers of the Fourth Regiment of the Chinese Workers and Peasants' Army secured the bridge as a river crossing vital to the Red Army.

Entrance of the Luding Bridge

Luding Bridge is considered a historical landmark whose history of can date from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). According to legend, after Emperor Kangxi unified China, in order to strengthen economic and cultural exchanges in Sichuan-Tibet region, he ordered the construction of the bridge. The castles on both sides of the bridge are ancient wooden structure building, which are unique in China.

Luding Bridge

The bridge is 103.67 meters long and 3 meters wide, consisting of the bridge, bridge abutments, and bridge pavilion. It is composed of 13 bulky chains, two on each side, is railing; 9 side by side, covered with wood, that is bridge deck. In 1935, the famous "Fly Wins Luding Bridge” (aka Luding Bridge Incident or Luding Bridge Battle) of the Red Army in the Long March was occurred here. The battle between the Red Arm and the Kuomintang (nationalist party) clique made the bridge know to the outside world. It has becomes more and more famous with the development of the local "red tourism" in these years. 

A Poster about the Battle in Luding Bridge on May 29, 1935

Today, with its unique scenery and special historical value, the Luding Bridge has get people's attention from home and abroad.

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