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Wind and Rain Bridge

Wind and Rain Bridge with a few peopleThe Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge was built in 1916. Like a huge dragon across the Linxi River, it is one of the four most famous bridges in China and an important national cultural relic. It is a pure wooden architecture made up of pillars, purlins and balusters of different sizes and shapes. The body of the bridge is divided to three tiers, the largest one in the middle take the shape of a traditional Chinese drum tower. The pilasters and eaves of the bridge are engraved with flowers and patterns and are quite magnificent. Five pavilions of different styles of roofs were built together to form the covered corridor bridge. The three pavilions in the middle are in a four-layer pagoda style, while the other two are in a five-layer long-ridge style.

The Wind and Rain Bridge is the symbolized architecture of the Dong minority people. The wind and rain bridge in Diping is the largest of its kind in Guizhou Province, where China's biggest Dong community lives. The bridge is over 50 meters long and it was first built in 1894 during the Qing Dynasty over 100 years ago. However, the original structure was destroyed in a big fire in 1959 and the one visitors see today was a recreation finished in 1964.

The Wind and Rain Bridge is a wooden covered corridor bridge, with pavilions and benches. People can rest on the bridge sitting or lying. Since the bridgeWind and Rain Bridge with mountain and lake shields people from wind, rain and sunshine, it is called the wind-and-rain Bridge, or sometimes "the flower bridge".  For large-sized wind-and-rain bridges, the piers are made of big bluestone, upon which, big logs are spliced together by tenons, in a reversed pyramid, as the girder of the bridge. Upon these logs is the covering of the girder. In this way the openings have got a larger width. On the piers are pavilions, to add to the beauty of the bridge and the weight on both ends of the beams, and to increase the stability of the bridge body. Pavilions mostly have five layers of eaves, with a quadrangular or hexagonal roof, which is a spire or a long ridge; both practical and of artistic value.

 

Wind and Rain Bridge Tour

The Dong people usually build their villages across rivers, so there are various kinds of bridges in Dong villages, such as slate bridges, stone arch bridges, bamboo bridges, Wind and Rain Bridge, etc.. Among these bridges the Wind and Rain Bridge is most characterized with their national features.

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