Chinese Bridges (Hardcover)

Living Architecture from China's Past

By Ronald G. Knapp, Peter Bol (Foreword by), A. Chester Ong (Photographer)

Tuttle Publishing, 9780804838849, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/19/2017)
Paperback (8/6/2013)

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Bridges, the least known and understood of China's many wonders, are one of its most striking and resilient feats of architectural prowess.

Chinese Bridges brings together a thorough look at the marvels of Chinese bridge design from one of the world's leading experts on Chinese culture and historical geography, Ronald G. Knapp. While many consider bridges to be merely utilitarian civil engineering, the bridges of China move beyond that stereotype, as many are undeniably dramatic, even majestic and daring. Chinese Bridges illustrates in detail 20 well-preserved ancient bridges along with descriptions and essays on the distinctive architectural elements shared by the various designs.

For the first time in an English-language book, Chinese Bridges records scores of newly discovered bridges across China's vast landscape, illustrated with over 400 color photographs, as well as woodblock prints, historical images, paintings and line drawings.

About the Author

Ronald G. Knapp has been carrying out research on cultural and historical geography in China's countryside since 1965. Currently SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, New Paltz, he is the author or contributing editor of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation.

Praise For Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past

"This exquisitely illustrated volume gives more insight into the cultural and philosophical systems undergirding all forms of Chinese architecture than any book in recent years."—

"This book [Chinese Houses], illustrated with many beautiful photographs, could serve as the best guide for preserving China's cultural heritage."—Orientations

"Splendid...[Chinese Bridges] is necessary reading for all who are interested in Chinese architecture, history and culture."—CHOICE

"Scholarly, detailed, beautifully illustrated."—Library Journal