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Relics of Ming era bridge are unearthed

THE city's cultural relics authority yesterday stopped a construction project after some relics of a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) stone bridge that was identified as one of the former "Eight Sceneries of Shanghai" were unearthed at the site.

The Moonlight on the Scholar's Bridge in the current Huangpu District was one of the eight sceneries of Shanghai in history. The relics are believed to be part of the former Scholar's Bridge, said Xue Liyong, a local historian.

The bridge was named after a scholar surnamed Lu who built the bridge during the Ming Dynasty.

Today's construction project involves a high-rise on the site. A worker said they dug out stones several days ago.

Authorities said they will keep digging the area in hope of unearthing more of the bridge, he said. Once they are finished, construction can resume.

Xue said most of the city's old scenic spots had disappeared and that any relics that are found could help to restore them.


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