University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: FB02-15. This photograph seems to have been taken from a horse drawn vehicle. The characters on the arch at the end of the Jingang bridge are, from right to left: 大胡 [Da hutong], meaning Big Alley or Big Hutong. This is the name of a major shopping street in Tianjin, also known as 大胡同 (Dahutong) or 河北大胡同 (Hebei Hutong), or just Hutong – a street which can be seen in the background of this photograph. The Jingang bridge (金鋼橋 Jingang qiao, Golden Steel Bridge) was known, in French, as Ponte de Huen-Chi-kai (Heuen Chi Kai, Yuan Shikai) and also later as King Kong Bridge. Yuan Shikai was responsible for building the steel bridge in 1903.
Rickshaw traffic on Jingang bridge (金鋼橋), with (大胡 [Da Hutong]) in the background, Tianjin
Black and white photograph