Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge

Basic Information of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge

The Wuhan Yangtze Great Bridge (武汉长江大桥), commonly known as Wuhan First Yangtze Bridge, is a double-deck road and rail bridge across the Yangtze River in Wuhan, in Central China. At its completion in 1957, the bridge was the easternmost crossing of the Yangtze, and was often referred to as the “First Bridge of the Yangtze(万里长江第一桥)”.

The bridge extends 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) from Turtle Hill in Hanyang(汉阳区龟山), on the northern bank of the Yangtze, to Snake Hill in Wuchang(武昌区蛇山), on the southern bank of the Yangtze. Plans for the bridge’s construction were first made in 1910. A total of four exploratory surveys were made between 1913 and 1948 to identify a suitable site, but economic limitations and the combination of World War II and the Chinese Civil War prevented the bridge’s building until the 1950s. Actual construction began in September 1955 and was completed in October 1957.
The upper level of the bridge is a two-way, four-lane automobile highway. The lower level is a double-track railway on the Beijing-Guangzhou railway line.

Design Philosophy of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge

The main bridge of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge is in the form of steel truss, while the approach bridge body is in the form of arch. The steel frame is in sharp contrast in form and material. At the same time, the arch structure is widely used in ancient bridges in China. It is easy to arouse people’s recognition for such design.

The bridge deck uses the traditional Chinese double eaves and four slopes design(重檐四坡攒尖顶). In dealing with the details, engineers draw lessons from the traditional Chinese architecture.

Decoration of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge

The fence decorative patterns on both sides of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge are all made of flowers, birds, insects, fish, animals and plants. They are vivid and lifelike. They are modeled by paper-cutting techniques, thus forming a beautiful and harmonious cast iron artwork.

There are two magnificent bridgeheads at both ends of the main bridge. There are meaningful paper-cut patterns on both sides of the bridgehead. Each paper-cut carving pattern has clouds, pillars, small lanterns, which constitute a beautiful picture. The beautiful and harmonious Chinese arts and crafts bring people unlimited aesthetic feeling and reverie.

Equipment and Facilities of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge


On March 17, 2018, in order to welcome the 7th World Military Games, Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge carried out the 7th Street lamp lighting replacement project. All 72 sets of LED cold light street lamps were replaced with 250W high-quality warm light street lamps. After the replacement, the lighting of the main bridge and approach bridge of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge were completely unified, with a brand-new appearance.


Up to April 20, 2019, Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge is equipped with elevators in the bridgehead to facilitate visitors to enjoy the scenery of the Yangtze River on the bridge.

How to Get to Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge

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Independent Travel

For Independent travelers you can get there

  • By Bus:
    The Bus No.402 in Wuhan City, get off at Hanyang Bridge Head of Yangtze River Bridge Station(长江大桥汉阳桥头) to get to Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.
  • By Taxi:
    It will cost you about 46 CN¥ from Wuhan Railway Station to Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.

Nearby Attractions

Yellow Crane Tower

Yellow Crane Tower (黄鹤楼) is a traditional Chinese tower located in Wuhan. The current structure was built in 1981, but the tower has existed in various forms since not later than AD 223. The current Yellow Crane Tower is 51.4 m (169 ft) high and covers an area of 3,219 m2 (34,650 sq ft). It situated on Snake Hill (蛇山), one kilometer away from the original site, on the banks of the Yangtze River in Wuchang District.

Wuhan University

Founded in 1893,  Wuhan University (武汉大学) is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China, which has been selected as a Chinese Ministry of Education Class A Double First Class University. Wuhan university is located at Luojia Hill, with palatial buildings blending Chinese and Western styles. It is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful campuses in China.
The university has rolling physical features with the scenic Luojia Hill and the beautiful East Lake. Its campus is heavily wooded and green, with fragrant flowers everywhere year-round. Wuhan University is widely known as one of the most beautiful universities in China, especially for its cherry blossom garden. A cherry blossom festival is held every spring.

Turtle Hill

Turtle Hill(龟山,Guishan) is located in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. In ancient times, this mountain was called Yijishan(翼际山). Located in the north of Hanyang(汉阳), Wuhan City, is one of the three mountains with most scenic spots and historic sites. Turtle Hill Scenic Area is a famous tourist attraction in Wuhan. For Turtle Hill, in front of it, lies Yangtze river, with Hanshui(汉水) in the north, Yuehu Lake(月湖) in the West and Lianhua Lake(莲花湖) in the south. 

Useful Travel Tips

1. Best Time to Visit

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for traveling, it’s neither too cold nor too hot. Winter is also good, for the rare snow scenery. In spring, you can enjoy the cherry blossom in Wuhan City.

2. Tickets

  • The entrance tickets for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge is free. 
  • For the lift, the ticket is 2 CN¥ per person.