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Located about 2.5 kilometers southeast of Suzhou at the intersection of the Grand Canal and Dantai Lake, the Precious Belt Bridge spans 317 meters and has a width of 4.1 meters. The bridge’s three central arches, among 53 in total, are constructed of fine Jingshan granite and are large enough to allow river vessels to pass underneath.
The bridge’s construction dates back to 816, though the present structure was rebuilt in 1446, after the original had been destroyed. The bridge’s name comes from the local prefect Wang Zhongshu who, during its original construction in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), sold his own precious belt to help finance the building of the bridge.