The Ludinga bridge, which Red Army crossed, has more than 10,000 iron rings weighing 40 tons, which are still strong.
I don't know if you have this feeling, but suddenly there is an impression in your mind and in me that you don't know, violently colliding with each other to create a clash between new and old things, which gives people a sense of shock . In fact, emotional experience caused by this kind of shock is more pleasant, and I am happy that I can remember past.
An incident happened today, I was enjoying scenery between mountains and rivers, but suddenly I saw a cultural relic associated with historical events that I studied in my elementary school textbooks, and it suddenly appeared in my brain. It seems that one can experience hardships and tribulations of people at that time.
(1) Memories of childhood
Probably, in childhood, everyone heard about Great March of Red Army from elementary or secondary school textbooks. Among them, I was most impressed by text “Let's fly to Luding Bridge” when I was in elementary school.
Walking over bridges with nothing but iron chains under a hail of bullets, after people in front fell off wooden boards, people in back continued to keep up and even built a bridge out of human flesh. I was young at time, but it still shocked me a lot. Now, when I remember this text, it is still a noisy war scene.
Yes, that's right, the cultural relic that we encountered today in a picturesque area is Ludinsky Bridge. In memory of text in childhood, this is an iron bridge on a very ferocious river. In my impression, river at that time was still turbulent and could swallow people at any moment.
This bridge is also bare, only iron chains run across it, shaking as if it could fall at any moment. But most of all I was struck by fearless figures in military uniform on the bridge.
(2) The current Luding Bridge
Now bridge is located in center of Luding County, next to a large square. At first we enjoyed scenery along road, but later found that there was a traffic jam in front of us, so we found a parking spot anywhere and continued walking until we saw a bridge. Looking from afar, many people are queuing for tickets, wanting to walk across bridge in person.
At first we watched from afar. Now bridge is very stable, with solid wooden boards in middle. People walking on it, although it shakes a little, are very safe. Standing in distance, looking at this scene, I cannot but feel that only in a prosperous age are country and people peaceful.
Coming closer, we also bought tickets and went to bridge to experience it for ourselves. Iron cables here are as thick as a human palm, and simple iron cables are interspersed with each other, covered with wooden boards, this is how whole iron chain bridge looks like. Looking at wooden boards under his feet, he could not help but imagine that soldiers at that time removed even dilapidated wooden boards from their own cabins.
The river had to be laid across this bridge. Looking at neatly carved and durable wooden boards under your feet, involuntarily, your soul becomes a little exciting. Looking down through cracks in wooden planks, emerald green river flows slowly, but still makes people a little afraid.
Because of my poor balance, I was always afraid that I would fall, so I walked slowly forward, keeping my hand on iron chain. In a trance, he thought he saw figures running forward without hesitation. I think this is reason for my shock, this is clash of history and reality.
Perhaps many heroic souls died here too, I quietly pray in my heart, hoping that in next life they will have a happy family.
(3) Difficult to build
After I got off bridge, I started looking at history of bridge on display board next to it. It turns out that due to fact that river is too steep, many wooden and stone bridges will be washed away by flooding soon after they are built here. After all, it was a foreign monk who came here for alms and suggested why not go straight to iron chain?
An iron chain bridge seems a little stiffer, but how did people at that time ferry such thick iron cables to opposite bank of river one by one and collect them? You know, This bridge was first built during Qing Dynasty, technology at that time was not so advanced, how did they assemble iron cables together in various uncomfortable conditions?
Due to long history of this question, there is no answer yet, but we cannot ignore fact that ancient people actually tried to build houses to improve their lives.
After tour, we continued walking along path and slowly saw county seat square, where many residents were doing sports, and a few old people were sitting on side of road in tai chi clothes and chatting. with friends The kid staggered and ran out in front of his mother.
It seems there are also popular square dance songs, such as most dazzling ethnic style. Look up at blue sky, sun is shining brightly, and then look back at immovable chain bridge over green river. I think this is probably house that soldiers sacrificed everything to build for us. I hope things like reincarnation can actually exist so they can see prosperity today as well!