Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Taiwan ROC - University Pond Bamboo Bridge 大學池竹橋


Stamp Issue : 1983-03-01 

The water in the University Pond is crystal clear like emerald. Across the pond sits an arch bridge made of bamboo with an unusual shape. It was constructed in the 1950's as a landmark of Xitou in Lugu Township of the Nantou County.
The main arch bridge across the University Pond is approximately 70 meters long, 1.5 meters wide, and rising, at it height, 5 meters from the surface of the pond water. It is not only one of the few man-made, bamboo arch bridges in Taiwan but is also known both in and outside of Taiwan for its beauty. The material used is Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) which needs to be totally replaced every one to two years. The bridge, however, is made not only with bamboo. At a later date, for the safety of the pedestrians, two reinforced concrete bridge columns, cast to look like bamboo, were sunk deep into the ground at both ends of the construction while from above two pre-stressed wire ropes were strung both to reinforce the structure and to increase the carrying capacity of the bridge.


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