Under Guomao Bridge

Under the Guomao Bridge at Night
15s, f/16, ISO 50, 24mm (Sony A7r; Nikkor 24mm f/2.0)

Guomao Bridge at Night. The first (east-west) section of Guomao Bridge was opened to traffic in 1986 as Dabeiyao Bridge (大北窑桥). In the 90s, when the third ring road was built, a north-south lane was added on top. Located in Beijing's central business district, it's one of the city's busiest intersections today.

Before it was named Guomao in the early 1990s, the neighborhood was known as Dabeiyao (大北窑), which means something like "large northern furnace". The name is a reference to the fact that the Japanese used the area as a brick kiln during World War II. Continue below the fold for a picture of Guomao from the mid-1980s.

Dabeiyao Bridge, 1986 (picture courtesy of 中国桥梁网)

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