The name of the bridge, Lupu, is an abbreviation of the two districts of Shanghai which it links, one of which is now defunct. The north bank of the river used to be administered by Luwan District, which is now part of Huangpu District. The south bank of the river is administered by Pudong New Area. This follows the naming convention of the three earlier bridges business travel to China across the Huangpu River, namely the Nanpu (Nanshi-Pudong), Yangpu (Yangpu-Pudong), and Xupu (Xuhui-Pudong) Bridges.
The Lupu Bridge is a through arch bridge over the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, connecting the city's Luwan and Pudong districts. It is the world's second longest steel arch bridge, after the Chaotianmen Bridge in Chongqing. The bridge, which cost 2.5 billion yuan (US$302 million), has a total length of 3,900 m (12,795 ft) and opened on June China tours 28, 2003. Its main span of 550 metres (1,804 ft) over the Huangpu River is 32 metres (105 ft) longer than the previous record holder for the longest arch bridge, the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. It is located adjacent to the former Expo 2010 site and served as the centrepiece of the world exposition in Shanghai.
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