Travel Report: Wenchong Bridge, Taishun County.
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.
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.
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.
Look up at the ceiling and you’ll find the woodcutter’s signature on one of the beams.
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.
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