Cartier Wu Zhi Qiao

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Site Background – This site is a major crossing for local

The Need – Currently, a tree trunk and two broken electricity poles are their major crossing. When the water level is high, villagers and school kids have to ride on a local truck passing by, or simply wade across the river.

Villagers Benefited – 1108 nos (about 180 students)

Project Highlights – The bridge design originates from the symbol of Islam — The crescent. Additionally, the project team will make use of local natural materials and integrate features of local region and environment in the bridge.

Project Team – Teacher and student team from Xian Jiaotong University (XJU) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (POLYU)

Project Sponsor – Cartier

Other Projects2nd Wu Zhi Qiao / Village Community Centre



Milestone

Close to 60 student volunteers mainly from POLYU and XJU accomplished the first batch of Wu Zhi Qiao in Xingshi Village in the Tongchuan City of Shaanxi, and Datan Village in the Tianshui City of Gansu.

Please click here to see a photo album.

The representatives from Datan Village and the University project teams presented and delivered their speeches in a completion ceremony on 17 July. Please click here for their full speeches (in Chinese version only).

A preliminary bridge model design was exhibited at the Wu Zhi Qiao Charity Gala Dinner on 25 Jan 2008.

XJU conducted the 1st survey trip in Oct.

Click here for project introduction (Chinese version only).

Click here for survey report (Chinese version only).

Quotes by WZQers

Villager1

The bridge bears love and message.

The love is as deep as the sea.

Those who gave their love had left their shadows.

For a ride of a thousand miles.

Poem from Datan villager, Mr Mao
Villager5"It has been days since we said goodbye to each other on the bridge and in the village. We miss you so much. I watched your departure and tears started falling out of my eyes. There was pain in our hearts. The kids cried. The villagers were really grateful for what you did. I could not express my feelings in words. Let me and all the villagers in Datan wish you, your family and your friends all the best in the name of Islam."
SMS from Datan villager
Villager2"You are like a candle who gives all its light and warmth to the students. You are like a fire who lights up the heart of the students. You are like a stone step who allows the next generation to climb up. Your good character and spirit enlighten the lives of others. Your generosity is as wide and high as the sky. Your love is as heavy as the mountain. We will always remember you and your students. With my sincere blessings, all the best!"
SMS from Datan villager
Villager3"This bridge is actually a bridge of friendship that links up the hearts of the people in Hong Kong and the Mainland. Our cooperation was successful and gratifying. Your smile, your passion and your high quality really impressed us."
Mr Li, Head of Datan Village
YanHe told a village kid that "From now on, I am your relative in Hong Kong and you are my relatives in Datan Village."
Mr Yip, Project and Resources Committee member