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Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan


This video of Yellow Crane Tower is taken from the The First Chang River Bridge in Wuhan built over the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang). The bridge was built in 1957, carrying the railroad directly across the river between Snake Hill and Turtle Hill. Before this bridge was built it could take up to an entire day to barge railcars across. Including its approaches, it is 5,511 feet (1680 m) long, and it accommodates both a double-track railway on a lower deck and a four lane roadway above.

On one side of the bridge can be seen the Wuhan TV Tower beyond Turtle Hill and its temple. On the other side of the bridge (and featured in the opening seconds of this video) can be sen the Yellow Crane Tower. The Yellow Crane Tower (aka. Huanghelou), is modern in structure but ancient in lore and legend. The original tower is presumed to have been first built in approximate 220 AD. The tower has been destroyed and reconstructed numerous times, was burned last in 1884. Complete reconstruction took place in 1981. The reconstruction utilized modern materials and even includes an elevator, yet in outward appearance and detail is true in spirit to the traditional design of the tower through the centuries.

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