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Xiamen footpath system rises in South China

By Susanne Bendsen, January 20, 2020

Just 18 months after Dissing+Weitling won a competition to design a 23-kilometre-long footpath system, including seven bridges, in the Chinese city of Xiamen, the project is already under construction.

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The footpaths make use of the mountainous and fertile landscape as potentials and restrictions, and seven very different bridges undulate and elevate the paths in line with  the contours of the city. The bridge types have been carefully adapted to the different conditions. There is a log bridge, arched bridge, suspension bridge, stay-cable bridge and an underslung bridge, where the bridge deck is carried by an arch beneath the bridge. One bridge will span a valley contour and another stretches over a major street.

The bridges and recreational trails are intended for local residents and tourists alike. They promote mobility in the city and in the nearby countryside – some paths are school paths, while others are recreational.

The Xiamen Footpath project comes in the wake of the Xiamen Bicycle Skyway, which is the world’s highest cycle bridge and China’s first elevated cycle path, also designed by Dissing+Weitling. The project has received great international interest and it won the Danish Design Award in the Liveable Cities category in 2019. It was the launch pad for Dissing+Weitling’s green mobility projects in China.

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