As we cross the bridges of our city—by car, by bike, by foot—it’s not often that we stop to admire the intrinsic beauty of it all. So, if we take the extra time and take a closer look, we might even get the chance to learn a bit more about the unique structures that tie our city together. From architectural landscapes like the Humen Bridge, a flow of prosperity and connectivity arrives, especially as the bridge expands across the Pearl River Delta. On top of the popular DG Mall’s glass bridge, locals and tourists from different cities come together to experience the thrill of standing high above ground. Looking beyond the bright orange Wanjiang Bridge, locals can spot iconic Dongguan landscapes in the surroundings and easily seek nearby destinations. Undoubtedly, bridges provide us with a sense of unity, stability and connectivity like none other.
Blending almost seamlessly into its natural surroundings, the Huangqi Park Greenway connects Huangqi Mountain and Huying Park, completing an 8.8-kilometer bike path around the Huangqi Megapark. Although the greenway is supposedly a bike path, it’s also a popular route for joggers and strollers. Since its opening in 2012, the greenway has created a comfortable path for people to reach the Huangqi Temple and the tranquil forests and lakes that surround it. This greenway is a bridge and safe haven for anyone needing to escape the bustling city life and feel the peace of nature.
Completed in 1997, Humen Bridge is an amalgamation of many things. For one, it is a major transport junction and expressway network for the Pearl River Delta, thus guaranteeing the economic advancement for the Guangdong region. Yet, looking back at its tumultuous history, the area was once immersed in a smog of gunpowder smoke from the Opium Wars. But today, the bridge’s charming nightlights make it a captivating scenery that complements our city.
At the center of attention in Dongguan’s Minying Guomao Mall, “Lovers’ Bridge” is a magnificent glass structure which connects the mall’s two buildings at the fifth floor. The beautiful structure is a popular photo-taking location for those daring enough to overcome their fear of heights and cross its glass surface. And for those who only want to admire it from the safety of solid ground, there are shops and restaurants aplenty in the mall itself from which the bridge can be seen!
As you venture down the passage connecting the Dongguan Channel and Wanjiang River, it’s nearly impossible to miss the glorious Wanjiang Bridge. From a bird’s eye perspective standing on the bridge, you may recognize prominent Dongguan landscapes. To the east, the infamous Overseas Chinese Hotel sits unobtrusively in the misty haze. However, looking directly beyond, tourists and locals bustle eagerly into Jin’aozhou Park to get a taste of the calming scenery and the historic Jin’aozhou Tower from the Ming Dynasty. To say the least, Wanjiang Bridge is a certain gem connecting our city’s historical and cultural dynamics.
Resting over Xiao Lake on the eastern side of People’s Park, this bridge will let you take a step into history. People’s Park was established in 1912 and is one of the oldest public parks in China. But interestingly, Xiao Lake, the three islands in its middle and its complementary bridges were not part of the original park. Instead, the lake was created from three smaller ponds in the 1970s, and the bridge has been a popular tourist location ever since. From the bridge, it is also possible to reach Dongguan’s first public library and public museum, all of which are within the 23 hectares of the People’s Park.
Tucked in the breathtaking Tongsha Park, this bridge is a subtle work of engineering that allows visitors to access the full potential of the park. The bridge is frequented by many of the park’s visitors daily, as many of these visitors can only visit all parts of the 4000-hectare location if they travel by car. For those looking to immerse in nature, including anything from protected egrets to lotus flowers and forests, Tongsha Park is a perfect yet massive place to be. With that said, the bridge is key to a perfect experience at the park.
Guishui Bridge is as beautiful as the waters it keeps clean. Resting on the embankment between Wuxiang Lake and Yingyue Lake, the bridge has more to it than meets the eye. Below its intricately designed surface-level structures, the bridge also has an underwater barrier that ensures that water in the lakes is continuously flowing and pristine. Even the view from the bridge is exceptional, making it a popular location to watch sunrises.
Over 458 meters in length, the Wanjiang Bridge is a recent edition to the cultural hub of Wanjiang. While the area is known for its traditional calligraphy and arts, the bridge’s notable surroundings defy its seemingly old-fashioned notion. To one end, the bridge approaches a floral design shop. At the same time, the Lingnan Art Gallery and the Dongguan Keyuan—two key destinations—are located on the other end of the Dongguan Channel. The bridge itself is no short of beauty and modernism, becoming one with the blinking lights of the city through the night.
Overseeing the Dongjiang South Tributary, the majestic Dongjiang Bridge is officially the first double-deck, rigid suspension stiffed steel truss highway bridge in China. Opening to traffic at the end of 2009, the architecturally brilliant Dongjiang Bridge uses a rigid suspension cable and two chords to hold the structure. While its length of 432 meters is unsurprising, the bridge boasts 14 lanes in total: the two-way six-lane Guanshen Expressway on the higher level and the two-way eight-lane North Fifth Ring Road on the bottom level. If you ever have the chance, make sure to snap a photo of the glowing “东江大桥” letters at the top of the bridge’s tower!