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Transcript of CHENGYANG BRIDGE
" WIND-AND-RAIN '
BY : M. AARAIZ HARIS
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 meters, and its corridor has a width of 3.4 meters. The net height above the river is about 10 meters.
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.
Chengyang Bridge over the Linxi River in Sanjiang of Guangxi province is a typical wind-rain bridge. Built in 1916, it is a wooden beam bridge with four holes and five piers.
The diamond-shaped pier base at the bottom was built using the mixture of putty and stone, with several layers of big tree logs laid abreast on top.
There's a tile-roofed corridor on the bridge body, which is a raised tower structure. And on the top of the bridge, there are several roofs higher than the body of the bridge. The five piers support bridge pavilions shaped like pagodas and palaces. In addition, there are brightly-colored lifelike carvings and paintings adorning the corridor and the eaves of the pavilions.
Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge
Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge in 2003
Locale Sanjiang County, Liuzhou, Guangxi, People's Republic of China
Design Covered bridge
Total length 64.4 m (211 ft)
Height 10 m (33 ft)
Number of spans 3
Construction end 1912
Many visitors like to spend time here enjoying the perfect pastoral life and to experience the customs of the Dong people. There are eight famous stockade villages here that offer a peek into the Dong's life and customs. They are Ma'an, Pingzhai, Yanzhai, Chengyang-Dazhai, Pingpu, Pingtan, Jichang and Guandong.
BRIDGE IMPOTANCE TO LOCAL PEOPLE
The bridge is a destinctive landmark in Pearl River.
Generally, the bridges are shelters and convenient for come-and-go. Moreover, the religious meaning a bridge bears with is that a flying dragon guards the village and blesses for the villagers.
The Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge rises majestically from emerald-green rice paddies in northeastern Guangxi, a few hours away from Guilin. In Guangxi, there are several different ethnic minorities, including the Miao, Zhuang, Dong and Yao. Each lives in a different area of Guangxi. Sanjiang County in particular is famous for the stockade villages built by the Dong ethnic minority. Besides visiting the famous Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, many visitors like to spend time here to experience the perfect pastoral life and enjoy the Grand Song of the Dong people.