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A Fancy Footbridge Built in Shenzhen

Popularity 6Viewed 3052 times 2014-7-23 10:26 |Personal category:Travel|System category:Life| Chunhua, footbridge, extravagance

In 2011, before Shenzhen opens its door to welcome thousands of young athletes from around the globe as it's going to host the 26th Summer Universiade, a new footbridge was built at the intersection of Shennan Boulevard and Nanshan Boulevard. The move was made by the local goverment to enhance the city's image. The footbridge was given the name Chunhua, literally means Spring Flower, because it looks like a blooming flower seen from above.

This is how the footbridge looks like:

A bird's-eye view of Chunhua

When it was built, its extravagance had introduced a lot of controversy. Words had been spreading online that this footbridge costed a staggering 2 billion yuan. Although the rumor had later been denied by a statement coming from Nanshan District's official microblog, where it says the cost of this footbridge is only 50 million yuan, the public was not satisfied. 50 million yuan is still a large sum of money, is this footbridge really worth the money?

Its extravagant exterior aside, it certainly served its funtionality well--to alleviate the human traffic coming from four directions. Outfitted with four stairways, four escalators and four lifts, with each of these facilities equally spreading in its four directions, it provides pedestrians a wide range of choice. It actually outperformed its duty as no pedestrians were seen walking the zebra crossing--they don't need to.


Well-equipped transport facilities I


Well-equipped transport facilities II

It's also a heavily-decorated fancy stuff. There are thousands of LED lights hanging on its roof. On its lower outer ring, LED lights in all colors give it an awesome look in the night.


Interior night view I


Interior night view II

As awesome as it may be, it's poorly managed. Public is complaining that its escalators and lifts are out of the service oftentimes and some of its LED lights are not doing their job when in night. Also, when in rainy days, the surface of the footbridge could be easily got flooded. It's not supposed to be like this when a large sum of public money has been spent on it.

Recently, I've been taking a few trips to this great piece of architecture. Every time I walked on it, I was awed by its beauty, but later, sorrowed by the fact that it costed us too much.


View on bridge I


View on bridge II

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report 丢人现眼 2014-8-31 01:01
That's almost $10 Million USD? That does sound like a lot to spend on a bridge. It wouldn't surprise me if there was some graft going on. Most public building projects in China probably do.
Reply Report cody160 2014-8-31 10:34
丢人现眼: That's almost $10 Million USD? That does sound like a lot to spend on a bridge. It wouldn't surprise me if there was some graft going on. Most public  ...
Yeah, that's a lot of money, and I think that bridge costs far less than that amount of money. So there's no doubt that considerable amount of money got into some officials' pocket. The expenditures of many public projects are not disclosed to the public, that only encourages corruption.

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