Lonely Planet Writer

See photos from the incredible "Lucky Knot" bridge that has opened in China

An incredible pedestrian bridge will let visitors in the Chinese city of Changsha venture across a river in a number of different ways.

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Aerial view of women displaying cheongsams on the knot-shaped pedestrian bridge in Changsha city. Image by Imaginechina

The new bridge – called the Lucky Knot – is 185 metres-long and 24 metres-high, according to NEXT Architects, the firm that designed it. NEXT won an international competition to design a new bridge over the Dragon King Harbour River in Changsha’s Meixi Lake District.

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Aerial view of women displaying cheongsams on the knot-shaped pedestrian bridge in Changsha city. Image by Imaginechina

The bridge is designed “with recreational, ecological and tourist activities in mind”, and connects the two banks of the river at different levels.

Aerial view of women displaying cheongsams on the knot-shaped pedestrian bridge in Changsha city.
Aerial view of women displaying cheongsams on the knot-shaped pedestrian bridge in Changsha city. Image by Imaginechina

“The shape of the Lucky Knot was inspired by the principle of the Mobius ring, as well as by the Chinese knotting art. In the ancient decorative Chinese folk art, the knot symbolises luck and prosperity,” said John van de Water, partner at NEXT architects Beijing, in a statement on the firm’s website.

Aerial view of women displaying cheongsams on the knot-shaped pedestrian bridge in Changsha city.
Aerial view of women displaying cheongsams on the knot-shaped pedestrian bridge in Changsha city. Image by Imaginechina

The concept of the bridge is designed to be a fusion of history, technology, art, innovation, architecture and spectacle. The Lucky Knot offers views of the river, the surrounding mountains and will also feature a LED lightshow.