ad and rail functions.In 2014, it was listed as an Immovable Cultural Relic under State Coun

cil-designated protection, and two years later as part of China’s 20th century architectural heritage.

Yang Tao, director of the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Tran

sportation Planning and Design, said it was extre

mely hard to build the rail section of the bridge because of limited skills and technologies.

“But many bridge-building technologies were subsequently invented and these have not beco

me outdated, even today. Completion of the bridge has played an important role in the economic and cultural e

xchanges between areas north and south of the Yangtze, and even unified governance of the country,” Yang said.

People had dreamed of building a bridge spanning the Yangtze for years.

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