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Thursday, 2 July 2009

London: Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge of London was built in 1894 and immediately recognised as a landmark of London, even today. Anybody seeing a picture of this bridge will immediately recognise it and its location.

From afar, it looks like a suspension bridge, but its spans actually consist of steel sections.

It is a bascule bridge in which the middle span can be lifted to provide necessary navigational headroom. Although the lifting is not necessary of today, the operation is still carried out for about 1,000 times a year. However, I didn't have the chance to witness one.

It may have been mistakenly recognised as London Bridge by most of the people around the world, the misunderstanding will surely be rectified immediately when these people visit London.

When dusk starts to fall in, Tower Bridge cannot be mistakenly recognised as any other bridge under the floodlights. It is such a beauty!

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