As I've declared in this blog, over and over again, I love bridges. So for this week's Postcard Perfect round, I'm sharing the very first bridge postcard I got from Postcrossing. It was sent by Shiliang of China.
Bridges have always figured in the history of nations as sites for historic battles. I am pretty sure you have heard and learned of quite a lot of stories of great battles fought on a bridge. In military strategy, bridges serve as choke points that allow numerically inferior armed forces to impede the movement of larger enemy armed contingents.
The Xiaoshang Bridge, built over 1,400 years ago, certainly has its share of war stories. Accounts say that it was were Yang Zaixing, a lieutenant of the Song Dynasty general Yue Fei, met his death during the war against the Jin Dynasty invaders.
If the Xiaoshang Bridge served a military strategic function in the wars and battles of the distant past, today the very same bridge serves a cultural strategic purpose. In fact, it was declared as an important heritage structure by the local government.
Recognizing the bridge's cultural importance, China's State Postal Bureau included the Xiaoshang Bridge as one of the four featured special historic bridge stamps which were issued in March 2003.
Bridges serve a plethora of purpose. These structures were used as strategic ambush points and choke points to weaken enemy forces. They also serve as historical, cultural and architectural timepieces. Most of all, bridges serve as important structures that connect communities and ensure the continuous flow of progress.
Wishing you happy journeys...
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