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Travel Report: Wenchong Bridge, Taishun County.

Wenchong Bridge Taishun County China.

Wenchong Bridge Taishun County.

November 2017. Apparently, there are around seven hundred covered wooden bridges scattered around Taishun County! Not all of them are as ancient or stunningly beautiful as Xi Dong Bridge or Beijian Bridge. Nor indeed my favourite Taishun County structure, Wenxing Bridge.

Wenchong Bridge, for example, is a much more modest affair. Nevertheless, it caught my eye from the main road while we were driving to Xiaochun Village. Thus we spontaneously decided to go and check it out. 

Wenchong Bridge Taishun County China.

Wenchong Bridge, Taishun County.

According to a local man Amy spoke with, Wenchong Bridge had to be almost entirely rebuilt in 2015 after the original burned down in a fire. While we couldn’t get a solid date on how old the first structure had been, the man reckoned it was sometime in the mid 1800s. Some of the wood salvaged from the old bridge was incorporated into the new one.

Wenchong Bridge, Taishun County.

Wenchong Bridge Taishun County China.

Wenchong Bridge, Taishun County.

I enjoyed Wenchong Bridge’s moody location, perched above a forlorn looking stream with views of rolling Taishun farmland and a range of misty mountain peaks. 

Inside Wenchong Bridge Taishun County China.

The view from Wenchong Bridge, Taishun County.

Look up at the ceiling and you’ll find the woodcutter’s signature on one of the beams. 

The signed ceiling at Wenchong Bridge Taishun County China.

The woodcutter’s signature in Chinese characters!

We were in the bridge enjoying the rural views when, suddenly, a grisly old farmer trudged inside and past us. Head down, three buckets hanging off a large wooden pole on his shoulders, he didn’t say a word. 

I followed his progress for a bit as he made his way down an adjacent field. Eventually, he stopped and settled down by a stream to fill his buckets. He moved slowly in a way that suggested he literally had the weight of the world on his shoulders. “Farmer’s life is a hard one” said Amy, shaking her car keys.

Farmer Taishun County China.

Taishun County farmer.

Check out my other articles from around Taishun County.

For more on the region, have a look at my travel reports from around Zhejiang Province.

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4 Comments

  • Lingyun

    Gorgeous bridge.

    November 30, 2017 - 12:35 pm Reply
  • leightonliterature

    Hey, thanks a lot for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I have just been browsing your site and see you also live and work in China. If you get the time, check out my other China Top 5 posts through the ‘My Photographs’ section, or take a look at my short story collection ‘Challenged in China’. I have followed you and will have a look at your tales 🙂

    November 30, 2017 - 12:47 pm Reply
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  • Memo

    Love all the interior shots showing its construction but my favorite was the old man fetching water.

    June 17, 2020 - 9:52 pm Reply

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