Xiaowu Village located at Xinglong Town of Chongqing, about 2 hours drive from main town.
There is a river point in Xiaowu Village. Water is rapid after rainy season. Villagers wade across the river is very dangerous. In July 2012, 70 years old was flushed down the river and killed. In 2015 summer, 1U1V team decided to build a footbridge for the village. This project combined with rural bridge research programme and use of rich bamboo resources in South China, a bamboo structured bridge will be adopted after ensuring its safety and durability through research. The team also hopes to develop a suitable bridge solution and provide demonstration for other rural areas. Experimental study will be jointly carried out with Tsinghua University.
The proposed bridge will benefit to the villagers of Xianwu Village and Qishan Village who are mainly Han Chinese. Two villages have 725 households with 2025 population. Most elderly and children are left behind in the villages. Villagers primarily grow rice, corn and vegetable.
Without a bridge, the villagers relied on a low stone board to cross the river for production, life and the market. During rainy season from the end of April every year, the water level can rise to around 1 to 1.5 meters in height. Water crossing becomes highly dangerous.