The Bazi Bridge (simplified Chinese: 八字桥; traditional Chinese: 八字橋; pinyin: Bāzì Qiáo) is a stone arch bridge in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China. The bridge is named for its shape like the Chinese character "" ("eight").[1]

Bazi Bridge

Bazi Bridge View from South 2012-07.JPG
View of Bazi Bridge from South, in July 2012.
Coordinates30°00′08.09″N 120°35′15.98″E / 30.0022472°N 120.5877722°E / 30.0022472; 120.5877722Coordinates: 30°00′08.09″N 120°35′15.98″E / 30.0022472°N 120.5877722°E / 30.0022472; 120.5877722
LocaleShaoxing, Zhejiang, China
DesignArch Bridge
Total length27 metres (89 ft)
Width3.2 metres (10 ft)
Height5 metres (16 ft)
Longest span4.5 metres (15 ft)
Construction start1256
Construction end1256


The bridge was originally built in the Jiatai period (1201–1204) of the Song dynasty (960–1279). It was rebuilt in 1256 during the ruling of Emperor Lizong. In 1763, in the reign of Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), it was repaired and renovated. The last maintenance was in 1982. On June 25, 2001, it was listed among the fifth group of "Major National Historical and Cultural Sites in Zhejiang" by the State Council of China.[2]


The bridge is 27-metre (89 ft) in length, 5-metre (16 ft) in height, 3.2-metre (10 ft) in width and 4.5-metre (15 ft) in span.


  1. ^ Li Hengte. 《乾隆绍兴府志》 [Prefecture Topography of Shaoxing in Qianlong Period] (in Chinese). 八字桥,(嘉泰志)在府城东南,两桥相对而斜,状如八字,故名。
  2. ^ 《全国重点文物保护单位》 [Major National Historical and Cultural Sites in China] (in Chinese). Beijing: Cultural Relics Publishing House. 2004. p. 50. ISBN 7-5010-1525-2.