The State Council recently unveiled the list of eighth batch of national key cultural relics protection units. As an important historical monuments and representative building in modern times, Wanding Bridge, was successfully selected.
Wanding Bridge served as an important link during the Anti-Japanese War . The bridge was the end of the famous Yunnan-Burma Road and the first stop of the Stilwell Highway (China-India Highway) to China and southeast Asia. During the Anti-Japanese War, it was the only land transportation route between China and other countries. From December 1938 to May 1942, a total of more than 500,000 tons of war supplies were delivered to the country through the bridge , which effectively supported the war
The bridge also played significant role in diplomacy. On December 15, 1956, Premier Zhou Enlai accompanied Wubarui (as transliterated in Chinese pinyin)， Burmese prime minister to enter China on foot via Wanding Bridge. It was the only time for Premier Zhou Enlai to return home on foot in his diplomatic experience. This event broke the international blockade imposed by western countries on the then lately-founded China, set up a glorious example of peaceful diplomacy and laid a good foundation for the smooth settlement of the China-Burma border issue.
It is also famous for its significance in business trade. In the historical process of China’s opening to the outside world, Wanding took the lead in foreign trade,setting examples for border trade.