Chinese Monk makes note of a suspension Bridge in 399 CE

A Chinese monk of the 4th Century mentioned in the account of Faxian (Fa-Hsien, Fa Hien), the note of the existence of a rope suspension bridge which crossed over the Indus River in India, and was noted to be ancient at the time the monk crossed the bridge. In the Americas, bridges of similar construction were invented independently (meaning not influenced by another culture), in the andes region of South America, and most likely used around same time as the Chinese ones.

      399 CE, 4th Century
      Chinese monk
      Indus River in India

Additional Information:

  • The Journey of Faxian to India
    Between 399 and 414 CE, the Chinese monk Faxian (Fa-Hsien, Fa Hien) undertook a trip via Central Asia to India seeking better copies of Buddhist books than were currently available in China.
  • Suspension Bridge: History – Wikipedia
    The Tibetan saint and bridge-builder Thangtong Gyalpo originated the use of iron chains in his version of simple suspension bridges.
  • Suspension Bridge History and Facts
    Suspension bridge is a type of bridge which has cables between towers (so called “suspension cables”) and from them vertical “suspender cables” (or “hangers”) that hold the deck. Suspension cables are anchored at each end of the bridge and they carry the majority of the load.

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