The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first bridge to be built across the Yangtze River in Nanjing, China. It was completed in 1968 and is the first double-decker, double-track highway and railway bridge designed and constructed by the Chinese without outside engineering assistance.
After the withdrawal of Soviet experts following the Sino-Soviet Split, China was thought to be unable to build a bridge on such a scale by themselves, without outside support. The project was undertaken to prove that Chinese engineers were able to overcome this perceived lack of ability.
It includes a bus stop and a museum. On the western side of the bridge, a new city is currently being developed.
It is 6,772 meters (22,212 ft) long and has a span of 160 m (525 ft)—it can take up to 15 minutes to cross during regular traffic periods.
Supporters of the Cultural Revolution within China have cited the construction of the bridge as one of the positive legacies of the Revolution.Gao 2008. p. 46-47.