Things to See in China: Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge Travel Attractions 16 MAY 2015

Completed in 1912, the Chengyang Bridge in Sanjiang County, Liuzhou (in the People’s Republic of China) near the village of Maan is perhaps the most impressive of the so-called “wind and rain” bridges created by a Chinese ethnic group known as the Dong. Constructed without the use of even a solitary nail, it is instead held together by dovetailed wood, or wood that is interlocked through V-shaped projections at the ends of the boards.

China Sanjiang Province Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people 1

In a region with many rivers and swamps, this 64.4 metres (211 ft) protected bridge makes it possible for people to cross on a daily basis.

China Sanjiang Province Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people 2

The bridge is a combination of bridge, corridor, veranda and Chinese pavilion. It has two platforms (one at each end of the bridge), 3 piers, 3 spans, 5 pavilions, 19 verandas, and three floors. The piers are made of stone, the upper structures are mainly wooden, and the roof is covered with tiles. The bridge has wooden handrails on both sides.

The bridge has a total length of 64.4 metres (211 ft), and its corridor has a width of 3.4 metres (11 ft). The net height above the river is about 10 metres (33 ft).

China Sanjiang Province Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people 3

As mentioned, the bridge is located in Chengyang, and serves as the link between two populous villages. As a result, there is substantial daily traffic on the bridge.

Guo Moruo, a famous Chinese author, loved the bridge at first sight and wrote a poem for it.

China Sanjiang Province Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people 5

China Sanjiang Province Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people 4

China Sanjiang Province Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people 6

China Sanjiang Province Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people 7

China Sanjiang Province Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge built by the Dong people 8

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