Brief of Gongchen Bridge
Built in the 4th year of Chongzhen (崇祯皇帝) reign in Ming Dynasty (1631), Gongchen Bridge is a stone three-arch bridge standing across the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal. In 1986, the bridge was included into the list of cultural relic under municipal protection by Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government. However, the bridge still is in use.
92.1m in length, 16m in height, the bridge is the highest and longest stone arch bridge among ancient bridges in Hangzhou. In Chinese “Gong” literally means meeting and “Chen” refers to the place where emperors live. Hence, Gongchen Bridge was a symbol of welcome and respect for the king. It is the end point of the Grand Canal as well as the transport hub in Hangzhou Section of Grand Canal.