Former Xinfa Bridge was destroyed by floods when Typhoon Morakot pummeled Taiwan in 2009, causing local residents inconvenience in transportation as they have to bypass nearly 20 kilometers. Therefore, China Steel Corporation funded NT$ 500 million to help rebuild the new bridge to re-shoulder the task of communicating Laonong and Baolai Village. The innovative design of two-span continuous Warren truss bridge blends well the green steel materials into the local mountainous landscape, as a way to convey the spirit of environmental conservation. In addition to link two sides of Laonong River, the new bridge serves as a channel for hot springs spots, as well as a transportation hub for agricultural products such as wax apples and papaya, which help to activate the development of local tourism industry.
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.Text by Steve Smith.