The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district－the Tientsin-Pukow Railw
ay－was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.
According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers
ity, at least two structures－the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze
River Bridge－were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.
In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan
jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave
rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.
Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe
ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.
More than 200 major generals of the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force simultaneously took part in a recent examin
ation held across the nation, marking the Ground Force’s first large-scale test of its high-ranking commanders.
The examination was arranged by the Ground Force headquarters and was held earlier this month in seven loca
tions – Beijing, Fuzhou, Nanning, Lanzhou, Jinan, Urumqi and Lhasa. The largest test site was at the Ground Force Acade
my of Armored Forces in Beijing with 52 examinees, according to a statement from the Ground Force.
Experts from PLA National Defense University and inspecto
rs from the Ground Force’s disciplinary committee supervised the examination.
Participants were mostly made up of major generals and some senior colonels – commanding officers from
departments under the Ground Force headquarters, academies, schools, regional branches and training and test bases.