Celebrate the opening of the Yangtze River bridge
Artist: Chen Shaofang, Pan Xingjian, Hong Yaohua
Publisher: Yangtze Literature and Art Press
Size (mm): 530x770
Condition: excellent, pinholes, small tears to margins
Completed in 1957, the Wuhan Yangtze Bridge was often referred to as the 'First Bridge of the Yangtze', and preceded the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze Bridge and Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. Although several surveys were made at the bridge's site during the first half of the twentieth century, World War II and the Chinese Civil War prevented construction from commencing until the 1950s. Chinese engineers were at the time still largely reliant on Soviet expertise, and a group of 28 Soviet engineers visited Wuhan in 1954 to aid with design and construction.