Every great city has its landmark bridge. London has its Tower Bridge, San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. What about Shanghai? In the minds of many locals, the honor should go to the centennial Waibaidu Bridge (Garden Bridge). For more than a century, the graceful steel Waibaidu Bridge has remained one of the best preserved symbols of Shanghai.
Waibaidu Bridge is the first all-steel bridge in China, and the only surviving example of a camelback truss bridge. The fourth foreign bridge built in the downstream of the estuary of Suzhou Creek, near its confluence with the Huangpu River and adjacent to the Bund in central Shanghai, and connecting Huangpu and Hongkou districts, the present bridge was opened on 20 January, 1908.Seen from any angle, the bridge is an appealing site. To its south is the city's fabled Bund, to its north there is the Shanghai Mansions, formerly called Broadway Mansions, and the Russian consulate-general building.