Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge (Chinese: 南京长江大桥; pinyin: Nánjīng Chángjiāng Dàqiáo) is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge across the Yangtze River between Pukou and Xiaguan in Nanjing, China. Its upper deck is part of China National Highway 104, spanning 4,588 metres (15,052 ft). Its lower deck, with a double-track railway, is 6,772 metres (22,218 ft) long, and completes the Beijing-Shanghai Railway, which had been divided by the Yangtze for decades. Its right bridge consists of nine piers, with the maximum span of 160 metres (525 ft) and the total length of 1,576 metres (5,171 ft). The bridge carries approximately 80,000 vehicles and 190 trains per day.

Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

Coordinates32.1152°N 118.7388°E / 32.1152; 118.7388
Carries Beijing–Shanghai Railway
Nanjing–Xi'an Railway
Nanjing–Qidong Railway
National Highway 104
National Highway 205
National Highway 312
CrossesYangtze River
Locale China: Nanjing, Jiangsu
OwnerPeople's Government of Nanjing
Shanghai Railway Bureau
DesignDouble-decked truss bridge
Total lengthMain Bridge: 1,576 metres (5,171 ft)
Highway: 4,588 metres (15,052 ft)
Railway: 6,772 metres (22,218 ft)
WidthHighway Bridge: 19.5 metres (64 ft) (with 4.5 metres (15 ft) pedestrian path)
Railway: 14 metres (46 ft)
Height70 metres (230 ft)
Longest span160 metres (525 ft)
No. of spans10
Piers in water9
Clearance below24 metres (79 ft)
DesignerMinistry of Railways
Construction start18 January 1960
Construction endRailway: 30 September 1968
Highway: 29 December 1968
ReplacesYangtze River Railway Ferry
Daily traffic80,000 vehicles
200 pairs of trains (2011)
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
Location in Jiangsu

The bridge was completed and open for traffic in 1968. It was the third bridge over the Yangtze after the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze River Bridge. It was the first heavy bridge designed and built using Chinese expertise.

Suicide site

According to state media, the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge surpassed the Golden Gate Bridge as the most frequent suicide site in the world, with more than 2,000 suicides estimated by 2006.[1]

See also


  1. Sun Xiaoyu (September 28, 2006). 2000自杀者为何选择南京长江大桥? [Why have 2,000 people killed themselves at the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge?]. People's Daily (in Chinese). Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  • Gao Mobo (2008). The Battle for China's Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution. Pluto Press: Verso. ISBN 978-0-7453-2780-8.
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