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Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program "China Bridge," originally broadcast on February 29, 2000. The film, which is a part of the NOVA series Secrets of Lost Empires, documents a 1999 effort by a NOVA-assembled crew of scholars and timber framers to design and build a Chinese bridge known only from an ancient painting. Here's what you'll find online:
  • NOVA Builds a Rainbow Bridge
    Get a glimpse of the alternately frustrating and thrilling efforts of NOVA's team as it builds an ancient style of wood-and-bamboo bridge over a river near Suzhou, China.

  • Bridge the Gap (Hot Science)
    To successfully span various spans, you must choose the right bridge style. Your choices include beam, suspension, arch, and cable-stayed bridges. Good luck!

  • Nature's Miracle Material
    "It sounds like a joke, but the list of things bamboo is not used for is shorter than the list of things it is used for," says Dr. Jules Janssen, a Dutch civil engineer in this feature on this most versatile grass.

  • China's Age of Invention
    Printing, paper money, porcelain, tea, restaurants, gunpowder, the compass - the number of things Chinese of the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1280) gave to the world is mind-boggling in its diversity.
Plus Resources and a Teacher's Guide.

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