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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

Related Link: Wikipedia

Things to See in China: Guan Yu of Yuncheng Giant Statue Travel Attractions 24 JAN 2015

In 2010 work was finally completed on the gigantic statue of the legendary general of the Three Kingdoms period,  Guan Yu – often reverently called Guan Gong (Lord Guan) and Guan Di (Emperor Guan). The colossal statue is situated in the general’s hometown of Chang Ping village near Yuncheng city, part of the Shanxi province, People’s Republic of China.

Guan Yu of Yuncheng Giant Statue 3

The statue was made with more than 500 tonnes of copper and 2,000 tonnes of steel. It is 61 meters tall, to mark Guan’s 61-year life. (Also, the foundation of the statue is 19 meters high, reflecting the fact that Guan spent 19 years in Yuncheng.)

Guan Yu (died 220) was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He played a significant role in the civil war that led to the collapse of the dynasty and the establishment of the state of Shu Han – founded by Liu Bei – in the Three Kingdoms period.

Guan Yu of Yuncheng Giant Statue 1

As one of the best known Chinese historical figures throughout East Asia, Guan’s true life stories have largely given way to fictionalised ones, most of which are found in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms or passed down the generations, in which his deeds and moral qualities have been lionised. Guan is respected as an epitome of loyalty and righteousness.

Guan Yu was deified as early as the Sui dynasty and is still worshipped by many Chinese people today, especially in southern China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and among many overseas Chinese communities. He is a figure in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to Guan are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants.

Guan Yu of Yuncheng Giant Statue 2

Oh, and apparently he is even responsible for the Guan Dao weapon.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guan_Yu