Some bridge decks of the Rainbow Bridge in Wuyuan, Jiangxi Province were washed away by floods for more than 800 years.
Rainbow Bridge was washed away and two girders have been found
The Rainbow Bridge was built in the Southern Song Dynasty with a total length of 140 meters and a bridge surface of more than 3 meters wide. It is one of the most well-preserved and scientifically designed ancient corridor bridges to date. It is known as "the out of print in the history of Chinese corridor bridges." Key cultural relics protection unit. At about 20:20 on July 8th, the bridge from the east end of the Rainbow Bridge to the No. 2 pier (two corridors and one pavilion) was washed away by the direct impact of large trees washed down by the upstream flood.
On July 8, part of the Rainbow Bridge, a rainbow bridge with more than 800 years of history in Qinghua Town, Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province, was washed away by the flood. Immediately, Wuyuan County issued a "Rainbow Order" to collect the washed-out components across the entire network.
Yesterday, a reporter from the Beijing News learned from the Wuyuan County Cultural Relics Bureau that local residents have found two girders and some components. It is expected that this Wednesday, the Jiangxi Cultural Relics Protection Center will send a professional technical team to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the Rainbow Bridge and complete the restoration plan as soon as possible. Preparation.
Part of the bridge deck of the 800-year-old covered bridge was washed away by the flood
According to the person in charge of Wuyuan Tourism Group, the Rainbow Bridge was built in the Southern Song Dynasty. It is 140 meters long and more than 3 meters wide. It is a promenade-style pedestrian bridge. It is one of the most complete and scientifically designed ancient corridor bridges to date. Known as "out of print in the history of Chinese corridors", it is a national key cultural relics protection unit of the State Council.
Recently, Wuyuan County has continued heavy rainfall. At around 20:20 on July 8, the upper stream was washed down by large trees and directly hit the brick-wood structure on the bridge deck. The bridge deck (two corridors and one pavilion) from the east end of the Rainbow Bridge to the No. 2 pier was washed away.
The person in charge said that despite the destruction of the bridge deck, the rest of the bridge body was basically intact, and the pier of the "Swallow Mouth Water Diversion" submerged in the floodwaters was still intact.
Local residents have found two beams and some components
Zhan Jianchun, director of the Wuyuan County Cultural Relics Bureau, told reporters that the floods washed away the 4 beams and some components of the Rainbow Bridge. The specific number is still under further statistics. After the Rainbow Bridge was damaged, Wuyuan County Cultural Relics Bureau and Wuyuan Tourism Group jointly issued the "Rainbow Order". The entire network will search for the log components washed away by the flood. The citizens or tourists who have picked up and returned will be awarded the honorary title of "Friend of Rainbow" And enjoy the free ticket treatment of scenic spots under Wuyuan Tourism Co., Ltd. for life.
Zhan Jianchun said that at 5:30 on July 9th, at the Jinzhu Bridge, about 10 kilometers away from the Rainbow Bridge, local villagers Yu Qingfa and Yu Xinyuan found that 16 meters long and weighed more than 4,500 kilograms, equivalent to the weight of an elephant. , Towed to the shore at 11:30. The girders have now been transported to the Rainbow Bridge scenic spot.
Zhan Jianchun told reporters that this girder was not damaged by the flood and could still be used. The local residents also found another girder and some of the girder, beam, flat plate and other components. The girder was washed to the shore and damaged seriously.
Plan a comprehensive "checkup" of Rainbow Bridge
Afterwards, Wuyuan County Cultural Relics Bureau reinforced the damaged part of Rainbow Bridge. On July 9, Jiangxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau sent a team of experts to the site for investigation.
Zhan Jianchun told reporters that the Jiangxi Cultural Relics Protection Center is currently collecting data, and plans to send a professional technical team to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the Rainbow Bridge after the water level drops on Wednesday, complete the preparation of the restoration plan as soon as possible, and report to the National Cultural Heritage Bureau as soon as possible. After approval, the County Cultural Relics Bureau will rush to repair as soon as possible. "From the current situation, it is not difficult to repair the Rainbow Bridge. If the recovered components are not damaged, they will all be used to repair the Rainbow Bridge. If the components are damaged and cannot be used, they will be saved in the scenic area as a witness of history."
Yu Xinyuan, a villager who rescued the beam of Rainbow Bridge:
Someone once paid to buy a beam, but I refused
Local villagers Yu Qingfa and Yu Xinyuan found the very important Rainbow Bridge girder and dragged it ashore safely. Yesterday, Yu Xinyuan told the reporter of the Beijing News on the phone about this special salvage process.
Beijing News: How do you know that what you found is the Rainbow Bridge component?
Yu Xinyuan: At about 5:30 in the morning on July 9, I saw a large piece of wood stuck in the bridge hole in the middle of the Jinzhu Bridge by the village. Because I heard that the Rainbow Bridge was washed away the first day, and washed away a lot of wood, and we are too familiar with the Rainbow Bridge. If it is the current wood, it can’t be so big, so I judged that this is the Rainbow Bridge. wood.
Beijing News: When did you start salvaging, is it difficult to salvage?
Yu Xinyuan: I just found out that Dalian was flooded a lot at that time. I don’t think it will get stuck for a while, so I didn’t go to salvage. At around 10 o'clock, the flood waters receded. I was worried that Da Liang would get out of the card and fall into the flood water at any time. I hurried home to discuss with my father. Then we took tools such as hemp rope and iron hooks to fix the girder. At this time, the girder was about four meters away from the bridge surface of the Jinzhu Bridge. I could only lie on the bridge surface of the Jinzhu Bridge, hook the pre-made live buckle on the girder, and fasten the other end to the tree on the shore. At about 11:30, the girder fell off and fell into the flood because it was tied to a live buckle.
At this time, the water level dropped again and people could stand in the water, but the current was still large. My father and I tried to drag the girders slowly to the shore. Because the girders were too long and too heavy to reach the shore, we went into the water, stood in the water and pushed hard to the shore, and then asked someone to drag them ashore.
Beijing News: When Daliang was salvaged, when did you get in touch with the cultural relics department?
Yu Xinyuan: At that time, the village committee had already contacted the cultural relics department. At that time, someone heard that I was fishing for the Rainbow Bridge girder and wanted to pay for it. I can’t sell it. I can’t do anything against my conscience. I have been very familiar with Rainbow Bridge since I was a child. It was an idea to get this girder. If the cultural relics department can be used for restoration, I will definitely send it back to the cultural relics department.
After fishing Daliang ashore, we waited for the comrades of the cultural relics department to confirm. Before that, I didn’t stay by the beam for a while. At this time, I received a call saying that the person from the cultural relics department had arrived and asked if I could pull it away now. I said that I must wait for me to go back and confirm the identity of the other party before I can pull. . Later, the other party said, give me 100 yuan, now pull, I did not agree. Later, when I arrived at the scene and confirmed that the other party was indeed a member of the cultural relics department, I asked them to pull the beam away.
Beijing News reporter Wu Tingting