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The Beautiful ChengYang Wind & Rain Bridge

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

So where were we? Oh yes, Wind and Rain Bridges. Why don’t we build Wind and Rain Bridges back home? For the life of me I still can’t understand why we don’t build such structures. The more time I spend around them the more I can see them spanning our waterways.

So where can I now be found clicking my chopsticks with the locals?

Yesterday I grabbed the second of the only two buses out of Zhaoxing Village and after a nearing six hour bus ride passing through more fantastic scenery I arrived in Sanjiang Town around mid afternoon and within minutes I was Tuk Tuk bound towards the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. I was so lucky as my Tuk Tuk driver asked me if it was ok if we were to stop at his parents’ home to collect both them and a cabin full of their belongings. Soon I found myself deep within the tea tree covered mountains helping them load their belongings and taking a million photos of the amazing scenery their home was a part of.

The Chengyang Village ticket costs sixty Yuan and lasts two days. For those who love Minority Villages and Wind and Rain Bridges this is The One!

The population of Guangxi Province is made up of around sixty to seventy percent ethnic Minority Peoples which include the Miao People, Dong People, Yao People and the majority Minority which whom are the Zhuang People and each lives in a different area of Guangxi. Most of my Guangxi friends are Zhuang People as Tianyang County where I spent my first year and a half in China is the 'Home’ of the Zhuang People and each year it holds a huge Zhuang Peoples Festival that I was so lucky and honored to attend with all my Zhuang friends.

Putting aside the Zhuang Peoples and moving on to the Dong Minority.

Sanjiang County is famous for the stockade villages built by the Dong ethnic minority who like the Miao Peoples build covered bridges with porches and pavilions which provide shelter from both the sun and the rain known as Wind and Rain Bridges.

Of all the Guangxi Bridges the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge is the most famous.

The Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge is also called both the Yongji Bridge and the Panlong Bridge and it spans the Linxi River, was constructed in 1916 and is sixty four meters long, three and a half meters wide and nearly eleven meters high. It was built with wood and stones, the surface of the bridge is paved with wooden boards and both sides are inlayed with railings. On the bridge are five towers with horns and eaves that resemble flapping wings and its construction consists of not a single nail or rivet. Instead the talented Dong people dove-tailed all of the wooden pieces that make the bridge.

While crossing the bridge to Chengyang Village take some time to relax and appreciate the picturesque scenery that can be found from one of its benches. Below you and meandering into the distance is the Linxi River and tea trees can be found growing on most of the surrounding hills. Local villagers can be spotted working the fields and several beautiful waterwheels can be found gathering water from the river and gently sending it into the rice fields.

Chengyang Village is actually just as stunning as the famous Wind and Rain Bridge that put it on the tourist map.

In and around the village can be found several other beautiful Wind and Rain Bridges, five amazing drum towers and over seven hundred wooden households. In the villages main square visitors can sit and experience the elaborate singing, dancing and reed flute performance during which, being a foreigner you will be made to drink ‘a horn’ of rice wine that is offered by the beautiful Dong dancing girls.

<u>Accommodation & Other Stuff</u>

Found within Hengyang Village are more than a handful of guesthouses, most of which offer Wi-Fi and air-conditioning along with some sort of English menu that consists of a variety of the local Dong specialties……and most people spend their entire stay in Yangshuo Town!

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by the man himself, Prince. The album was his amazing &#8216;3121’. Or is it &#8216;3I2I’? ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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