Wu Zhi Qiao

Building – Maosi Village, China

2005 onwards


Wu Zhi Qiao (A Bridge Too Far) is a charitable organisation based in Hong Kong. It started out as a single project to build a footbridge across the Po River in Gansu province, China in 2005. A rural community was separated by the river, although a log bridge resting on stones was built every year, it was washed away in the rains. Staff and stdudents from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong and Xi'an Jiaotong University of China came together to build a permanent bridge from environmentally friendly and locally sourced materials. A prefabricated steel platform with bamboo-strip panels rests on gabion piers, an extremely simple construction method which meant that the the bridge could be built by hand. Since this first project, Wu Zhi Qiao have built thirteen bridges across rural China with the help of volunteers.

Other Work

Lu Yang, Michael Chan Cheung, and Edward Ng, "A Spiritual Bridge with Love: Wu Zhi Qiao, Datan Village, Thianshui, Gansu," Shi dai jian zhu = Time + architecture 105, no. 1 (2009): 124-127.

References About

"Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China.," Architectural Review 226, no. 1354 (December 2009): 44-45.

Catherine Oelrichs, "Human Bridging," Perspective (April 2008): 72-79.


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