"Bridge of Ten Thousand Ages" on the Min River, Foochow, Fujian, China, ca. 1910
Fukien, Ing Tai, China, Asia 1900-1920
10.1 x 14.2 cm
A northeasterly view of the "Bridge of Ten Thousand Ages" on the Min River in Foochow [Fuzhou]. Mt. Kuliang (2500 ft. high) can be seen in the distance. Written beneath this photograph in its album: "Mt. Kuliang is a summer retreat during the hottest weather. Many residences of well-to-do Chinese, foreigners in business and missionaries are on the mountain. Also a Buddhist monastery. Lepers, beggars, outcasts gather on the bridge, the nearer end of which is on Middle Island, the farther end of Pouasang, the southern suburb of Foochow, which is two miles north of the river. The bridge is very ancient and 1350 feet in length. Hopeless men and women often throw themselves from the piers into the river." The Smiths were a family of Congregational missionaries in China, 1901-1950, primarily in Ing Tai and Foochow [Fuzhou]. Edward Huntington Smith devoted nearly 50 years of his life to running an orphanage, raising funds, and promoting Christian education in Ing Tai, Fukien [Fujian], China. His wife, Grace W. Thomas Smith served as a Kindergarten teacher in the United States and China. Also included in the International Mission Photography Archive.
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