Wuhan’s Baishazhou Bridge (白沙洲长江大桥) spanning the Yangtze River (image) recently closed down for 40 days of repairs. This is the twenty-fourth time in its brief ten-year history that the bridge has been closed for repairs, an average of two major repair stints per year. By contrast the massive Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge (image), built in 1958, has been closed for repairs only once in its history. In this cartoon, posted by artist Fan Jianping (范建平) to his QQ blog, the sickly Baishazhou Bridge shudders as the happy old Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge looks on.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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