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Guangji Bridge, also known as Xiangzi Bridge, is an ancient bridge across the Han River in Chaozhou, Guangdong province, China. It is renowned as one of the country’s four famous ancient bridges — the other three are the Zhaozhou Bridge, the Lugou Bridge and Luoyang Bridge. It is said that if you went to Chaozhou and did not visit the bridge, your visit to Chaozhou was worthless.

Aside from the antiquity and historical significance, Guangji Bridge is special as being the world’s first pontoon bridge that can open and close. A part of the Guangji Bridge is supported by eighteen floating boats, that could be moved aside to create an open channel for ships and boats to pass through. Originally, the entire bridge was a floating structure supported by eighty-six huge boats. Today, only the middle section can be opened.

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