Stamp Issue : 2012-09-12
Located in the Emei Township of Hsinchu County, Emei Lake, also known as Tapu reservoir was built in 1960. With an area of 135 hectares, Emei Lake was primarily used for irrigation. During the construction of the reservoir, five suspension bridges were specially built to facilitate the traffic across the lake shores. Due to wear and tear and the need for road widening, cement bridges are built to replace the old bridges. Today, only the Shimaopu Suspension Bridge is left for pedestrians use and is now generally referred as Emei Lake Suspension Bridge.
The suspension bridge is 2.5 meters wide and about 100 meters long. The entrance at both ends is connected by two sturdy cables which to each end, there are three large cables fastened to anchorages constructed by cement stones to increase the support for the load of the bridge deck for safety. Under the main cable, suspended are the smaller cables to hold the weight of the pedestrian trails built by wood.