Victoria Wu Zhi Qiao
Site Location – Liutan Village, Huangmen Town, Qingshui County, Tianshui City
Site Background – Liutan is a distant and poor village in Tianshui City of Gansu. Over 1170 villagers from 3 natural villages need to cross this Houchuan River to reach the outside world.
The Need – Currently, the river is approximately 4 meters wide. However, during raining seasons in May and June, water level can rise up to 1.5 meters, while river span can reach 26 meters. A total of 164 primary and secondary school students should make use of these stepping stones to cross this river and attend school. When the flood comes, classes have to be suspended.
Villagers Benefited – 1170 nos (164 students)
Project Team – Teacher and student team from Xian Jiaotong University (XJU) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Victoria Educational Organisation
Victoria Nursery & Kindergarten P.T.A.
Victoria Shanghai Academy
Victoria Shanghai Academy (Primary) P.T.A
Victoria Charitable Trust Fund
More than 50 professional and student volunteers mainly from Hong Kong and Mainland succcesfully built a 30 meters long footbridge for the locals in Liutan Village from 1 Oct to 6 Oct.
Students, parents, teachers and principals from the school went to Liutan Village to attend the bridge opening ceremony on 18 October 2010. They also visited the local primary school and the families in the village to know more about their lives.
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Project team finalized the bridge design and relevant construction drawings in Aug.
XJU conducted the 1st survey trip in Apr.
for survey report (Chinese version only).
Quotes by WZQers
「在甘肅， 最後一天，擠出了一些時間，爬了上山。 山腰整齊的被切開了一層層的梯田。 走進其中一塊梯田， 和坐在田邊的老農夫開始傾起天來， 我問他：「這一條橋真的有用嗎?」 他說，當然有用啦，我們數代人都在等待著單位為我們建橋，等了數代人也沒有。 心裡面會心微笑一陣子......我決定了以後有機會，只要走得動的話，我都會繼續參加無止橋， 走不動的話，也麻煩團友也將我從山邊推去吧。 橋是活著的憑證，我不要活著數十年後，回憶裡空無一物。 再多犧牲也是值得的。」
Mr Chow Ting Kwan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
"Villagers as well as volunteers from both sides of the China border came together to tie up the cages with wires, pass rocks, move rocks, work on the bamboo planks decking on the bridge as well as the railings. I have experienced such tasks for several times already but nonetheless feel happy each time, and never got bored of it, owing to the fact that the people whom I work with is different every time. I find it especially cool when the ‘strong men’ lift the bridge girder and the upper level of the bridge pier. However, what really impressed me in this particular trip was each time when Yang laoshi stood on the bridge to give clear instructions to those lifting the bridge girder, in order for them to place it at the exact position. As an outsider, I really admire how he can just stand on the bridge and measure with such preciseness with the naked eye to either move the girder a few centimetres left or right......Through being involved with Wu Zhi Qiao in the past year, it has changed my life. Most importantly, it taught me principles in life. I have learnt to appreciate what others do and be thankful as to what I have, as well as treat others genuinely......It is with such pleasure and honour to get to know people from Wu Zhi Qiao, or some may call this fate. My ‘family’ has grown now, and I can find friends from several cities in Mainland China. Also, it is great news that quite a few of the volunteers from the project this time are actually post 90s as this echoes the Wu Zhi Qiao spirit: there really are even younger volunteers to be endlessly involved (with Wu Zhi Qiao)."
Miss Jayne So
Mr Stephen Li